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The Complete Facial Waxing Guide

by Kirstyn Porter December 22, 2022 5 min read


Facial Waxing Guide

Facial waxing is an essential skill to master! Since there are so many areas on the face with hair, it can be pretty intimidating to begin to learn all things facial waxing. Don’t worry, though, we here at Nova have put together a complete facial waxing guide for both at-home waxers and estheticians!

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Facial Waxing Areas

Facial waxing is super popular in the world of esthetics because there are so many areas on the face that can be waxed. 

The most popular areas targeted during facial waxing services are eyebrows and upper lip; but, other areas that can be waxed on the face include sideburns, neck, forehead, chin, cheeks, and nose. 

Basically, anywhere that hair is found on the face can be waxed! 

READ: How to Wax Eyebrows

Facial Waxing Benefits

Like waxing in general, there are great benefits gained from facial waxing! One benefit is reduced hair growth. 

A lot of times people are afraid to wax their faces because they don’t want their hair to grow back thicker or darker. Hair on the face is vellus hair, also known as “peach fuzz.” Vellus hair is light in color and naturally thin, which understandably makes people hesitate to remove it! 

Rest assured, however, that facial waxing reduces hair growth just like all other types of waxing. The second benefit of facial waxing is physical exfoliation. Waxing removes the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, leaving smooth new skin below the area waxed.

A final benefit of facial waxing is what it does for makeup application. Removing the peach fuzz hair from your cheeks in particular will give you a super even base for makeup. There’s even an ongoing rumor that this was Marilyn Monroe’s secret beauty tip! 

You might have heard about dermaplaning, which is a procedure done in facials that uses a single blade to gently shave the vellus hairs. The reason people dermaplane is because of greater product absorption and the effects on makeup application, two things that facial waxing help achieve as well.

Facial waxing is a better alternative to dermaplaning because the results from waxing last longer. You also don’t have to worry about any pesky cuts or skin irritation from a blade. 

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Facial Waxing Costs

Depending on location, facial waxing service costs can differ. Below is a list of facial waxing services and their average cost:

    • Full Face: $20-$50
    • Sideburns: $10-$15
    • Cheeks: $10-$15
    • Lip: $8-$15
    • Chin: $10-$15
    • Brows: $8-$30
    • Neck: $10-$15
    • Nose: $8-$15
    • Forehead: $10-$15
  • Ears: $10-$15

READ: How Much Does Waxing Cost?

Facial Waxing Prep and Post Care

Preparation and post-care are essential when it comes to facial waxing. The skin on the face is very sensitive and in a world where skincare junkies are more prevalent than ever, many people are always experimenting with the latest and greatest serums and acids.

It’s very important to stop any chemical exfoliants 3-4 days before your facial waxing service. Using any active infused serum, exfoliant, chemical peel, moisturizer, etc. makes the skin very prone to irritation from the waxing and skin lifting because of its compromised state.

As for post-care, the face is exposed to the sun far more often than other areas that are waxed. Since sun exposure is hard to avoid, you want to make sure you’re applying sunscreen adamantly after your service. 

The new layers of the face that are exposed post-wax are very susceptible to sun damage. The last thing you want is to burn your beautiful newly hairless skin! 

READ: How To Wax Legs: The Ultimate Guide

Facial Waxing Supplies

One great thing about facial waxing is that the face is a super small area, in comparison to other waxable areas! Because of that, the supplies needed for facial waxing are compact area safe - hello at-home waxers and shared space esthies. 

Pre and post-care supplies are very important for facial waxing. There are a lot of bacteria that live on the face and cleansing before and after will help prevent any potential breakouts. 

Aside from a quality wax warmer and spatulas, investing in a premium wax formula should also be a top priority. The skin on the face is sensitive and investing in a high-quality formula makes a huge difference when it comes to both service pain and results. 

Nova's Eyebrow & Face Waxing Kit is great for facial waxing and makes quick touch-ups super easy. 

Our starter waxing kit is a simpler option if you're just getting started with facial waxing. This kit includes original Nova Hard Wax Tablets and premium spatulas.

Professional Face Waxing Tips

As an esthetician, learning how to facial wax will increase your business greatly and help you build a steady clientele. One thing that really helps show your clients you have their best interest in mind is surveying their skin before preforming any facial waxing services.

Really taking an in-depth look at your client’s skin can help you achieve maximum results. If the skin is oily, after your initial cleanse use a toner (without any actives) before waxing. A toner will help remove any surface oils which will help you achieve cleaner results.

If the skin is dry, make sure to ask the client if they’ve stopped using actives prior to the facial waxing service. If they have, just make sure the wax isn’t too hot because you want to avoid any lifting. 

It’s also important to never wax over skin that’s irritated - be it active acne or cuts or abrasions. Remember, rescheduling clients is better than taking a chance and damaging their skin.

Surveying the skin also helps your client see your commitment to providing quality service.  Plus, if you offer skincare services too this could count as an initial consult! 

READ: How to Improve ROI and Increase Salon Sales 

At-Home Face Waxing Tips

Facial waxing at-home is a great way to touch up your brows in between services or quickly remove that unwanted upper lip hair before a night out. Whether your go-to brow girl is booked up or you want to save some money, learning to facial wax at home is easy with a few tips. 

One of the most important tips for at-home facial waxing is checking your wax temperature. Since salon estheticians typically provide services back to back, the wax stays at a regulated temperature throughout the day.

Since the skin on the face is so sensitive, it’s crucial that you check the temperature before doing any facial waxing. It’s very easy to burn yourself and damage your skin barrier by just assuming that the wax is at a good temperature.

Another tip for facial waxing is making sure that you’re in good lighting. It definitely sounds silly, but with facial waxing its easy to get your hair from your head stuck in a newly laid strip if you’re waxing yourself. 

With good lighting, you’ll be able to assure that your waxing surface area is clean and head-hair free! Good lighting also helps with perfecting the shape of your brows and making sure that there are no strays left.

READ: How to Become an Esthetician

Final Thoughts

Facial waxing is amazing because on top of your new hairless skin, you also end up with a freshly exfoliated base ready for a great makeup moment. The skin on the face is sensitive but once you learn how to treat it before the service through avoiding actives and after services by applying sunscreen, the smooth results will get you hooked! 

As an esthetician, providing facial waxing services is a great way to increase your revenue by acquiring new clients. If you’re starting to wax at home, facial waxing is easily learnable as long as you have the right supplies. 

We hope our guide provided you with some insight on all things facial waxing!

Kirstyn Porter
Kirstyn Porter