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How to Use Roll-On Wax: A Beginner’s Guide

by Kirstyn Porter May 13, 2024 1 min read

Learning how to wax requires a lot of research and trial and error! It can be daunting but the long-lasting results are always worth it. There are many options out there when it comes to choosing which wax to use as a beginner.

One of the most efficient tools for beginners is the roll-on wax, especially when it’s designed for larger body areas like legs, arms, and backs. 

This comprehensive guide will introduce you to the process of using roll-on wax, focusing on the Nova Wax Roll-On Wax Collection, which blends luxury with simplicity to provide a gentle waxing experience.

Table of Contents 

  1. What is Roll-On Wax?
  2. Benefits of Using Roll-On Wax
  3. Step-by-Step Guide to Using Roll-On Wax
  4. Tips For Safe Roll-On Waxing at Home
  5. Roll-On Wax Contraindications
  6. Final Thoughts
Kirstyn Porter
Kirstyn Porter

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Step-by-Step Guide to Using Roll-On Wax

Step 1: Prepare Your Skin

Ensure your skin is clean, dry, and free of oils or lotions. We recommend using acleanser to help the wax adhere better.

Step 2: Heat the Wax

Use the Nova Wax Roll-On Wax Warmer to heat your roll-on wax cartridge. It typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes for the wax to reach the optimal consistency. Always test the wax temperature on a small area of your skin to prevent burns.

Ensure you check the wax. You can use the clear transparent window on the warmer to see if the cartridge is fluid - meaning the wax is ready. 

Then as a final step, you can roll a "test strip" on a clean woven strip, if it doesn't tug when rolling on then the wax is ready to use.

Step 3: Apply the Wax

Hold the skin taut and roll the wax in the direction of hair growth. Make sure to cover only the area you can strip at one time — this ensures the wax doesn’t dry out.

Step 4: Remove the Wax

After applying the wax, place a waxing strip over the area and press it down firmly. Hold your skin taut and pull the strip off in the opposite direction of hair growth in a quick, smooth motion.

*You cannot go over the same area twice (like you could with hard wax) as you will risk skin lifting.

Step 5: Aftercare

Apply asoothing lotion or an aloe-based gel to calm the skin and reduce any redness or irritation.

Tips for Safe Roll-On Waxing at Home

  • Test Wax Temperature: Always test the wax temperature on a small part of your skin to avoid burns.
  • Skin Check: Do not wax areas with skin conditions, wounds, or severe irritations.Waxing is not suitable for anyone currently using a substance that thins the skin, such as Accutane or Retin A.
  • Aftercare: Avoid sun exposure, hot showers, or swimming for at least 24 hours after waxing.

If you’re focusing more on skin specialties or facial specialties, one suggestion when you’re just starting out is to use products more geared towards maintaining the moisture barrier like those found here. Products that are geared towards hydration are a safe bet for any esthetician, new or seasoned, because they don’t have as much potential for irritation.

Collectively, the products you use as an esthetician can definitely vary but there are always new and exciting ways to change up your go-to’s!

Final Thoughts

After researching the specialties and learning about what one best suits your interests, choosing a school is the next step to the amazing journey that isbecoming an esthetician! One thing I’d recommend is to go into esthetics school with an open mind. You never know what things might pique your interest after learning and performing services that weren’t even on your radar.

One last thing to remember, esthetics is one of the most trending career paths for a reason! The ability to be your own boss while also working in an industry you’re passionate about is a killer combination with a lot of potential for personal fulfillment.