During the first world war, a French physician, Edmond Barthe de Sandfort discovered a heat treatment for pain relief for a human body by using melted paraffin wax. At this decade, the process of this treatment required a lot of hard work, like it was just too messy, time-consuming and expensive to keep this treatment going.
This treatment had excellent results in the end, the heat of the melted wax gave this pain relief sensation once it was applied to the skin, and the wax prevented the heat from cooling down too quickly. He also noticed that the treatment had some other benefits for the skin.
So, with the technology of today, and new inventions of products and equipment, they introduced this treatment to spas, beauty or nail salons as a service to offer to clients, They created something that would make the job less messy and less hard work for therapists to use on their clients.
So, instead of covering your client's whole body with paraffin wax, it was just focused on a client’s hands and feet. They added the paraffin wax as an add-on treatment in the luxury manicure or pedicure package, which included exfoliation, mask, massage and nail varnish.
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Why is Paraffin Wax Nail treatment a Luxury service?
Well, even though it's known as a Healing Therapy treatment, it's turned into more of a relaxation treatment instead. This service is offered in spa salons that do package deals for weddings, holidays, or even gift vouchers as a present for a friend or loved one. The majority of people aren't really aware of how amazing this treatment is for those who suffer from joint and skin problems.
What is Paraffin wax Made of?
Paraffin wax is made out of petroleum-based wax, beeswax and aromatherapy oils that get heated up in a heater or bath machine. This wax melts at room temperature. Approximately 53 C. They come in either in solid blocks, smaller bricks or pellets.
They have different flavors such as tea tree, aloe vera, peach, etc. each of these flavors has various health benefits and scents. Example: Tea tree is for more of smoothing and have some healing properties meanwhile aloe vera have more of anti-inflammatory properties in them.
What is the benefit of Paraffin wax nail treatment?
- Its relaxing and soothing
- It softens dry, rough or calloused skin
- It will give your skin a younger-looking appearance.
- It improves blood circulation.
- It softens cuticles.
- It soothes aching joints and tired muscles.
- Opens your pores.
- Removes dead skin cells
- Improve skin conditions, e.g., eczema.
- The sebaceous gland activity increases.
- The sudoriferous glands also increase, leaving the skin cleansed and soften.
What products will you need?
How to do a Paraffin Wax Nail treatment?
- Check if your client for any contraindications
- Remove all jewelry.
- Ensure that you have thoroughly sanitized your client's hands or feet before placing it in the paraffin wax heater.
- Make sure you have plastic gloves/ foil and towels next to you.
- Cover your clients' clothing with tissue or towels.
- First test on yourself if the wax temperature is okay enough to apply to your client's skin. (use a spatula to avoid cross-contamination) Ensure the Paraffin wax bath machine is heated up insufficiently ready for the treatment.
- Ask your client to just relax.
- Apply the wax with a brush in layers, building up in thick layers.
- Remove your client's hand, and place their hand in a plastic glove and wrap it with a towel (you can put it in heat mitts if you wish to improve the performance of the product better)
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 on the other hand or foot.
- Leave it for 10mins - 15mins.
- Remove your client's hands from the heat mitts if you used it, and remove the towels and throw away the plastic gloves.
- Peel off the dry paraffin wax, don't worry this is pain-free.
- After this, you can go straight to the massage process.
If unsure still, here is a video to walk you through your first time.
How to clean your Paraffin wax bath/heater
- The first thing you want to do is unplug the bath.
- Let the wax turn into solid again, then plug in your bath and wait a few mins to heat up so the solid part can loosen itself from the sides and the bottom, after that unplug it the heater again.
- Dip out the solid wax and place it on a paper towel.
- If you want to reuse this wax, shave off the edges.
- Remove and blot any remaining wax in the bath with a paper towel.
- Clean inside and outside with all-purpose cleaning product, make sure it's fully dry.
- If you want to reuse this for your next client, place the solid wax and add a bit more so when it gets melted, it reaches the level it should be.
Things to remember
- I recommend getting two paraffin baths, one for hands and one for feet.
- After treatment, make sure you thoroughly sanitize the bath/heater before using it on the next client to avoid cross-contamination
- Avoid giving this treatment to one who has open cuts or burns.
- Remove any jewelry.
- If your client wants nail varnish afterward, make you dehydrate the nail plate before applying the nail varnish, as the oils may affect the nail varnish to not stick and won't last that long.
- If your client wants gel polish, I do not recommend to do this treatment, as gel polish won’t stick oily nail plates.
- Do not reuse the wax on a next client, instead of dipping the hand or foot, use a brush instead.
Does paraffin wax nail treatment have side effects?
Yes, it does, here are a few side effects you may experience:
1. Heat rash
If you have sensitive skin, you will feel this heat rash after the wax has been applied. This rash is also called prickly heat, they look like tiny red bumps, it can be itchy and uncomfortable.
2. Poor circulation
This is not a proper treatment for people who have hypertension, diabetes, or varicose because they can lose the sensation of the heat and become numb, and hinders circulation.
3. Irritated skin
So the paraffin wax is made out of petroleum-based in them, the chemicals sensitive may develop this minor swelling or breakouts from the wax. Please avoid this treatment if you have open wounds or rashes, it may just make it worse.
So avoid this treatment if
- You have diabetes.
- You have Varicose veins.
- You suffer from hypertension.
- You have broken skin.
Is Paraffin wax safe to use?
Yes, paraffin wax is safe to use, it is entirely natural especially when the wax is in contact with your skin.
How much does this treatment cost at a salon?
This treatment costs between $19.92 - $39.84. Depending on what add-ons you want with the treatment, like exfoliation, mask or massage and nail varnish.
How long is the treatment?
This treatment is an hour including the exfoliation, mask, massage and nail varnish.
How often should you go for this treatment?
It all depends on your condition or Every 1-2 weeks.
Paraffin wax nail treatment is a great way to improve the appearance of your hands and feet, boosting your confidence, feeling pain relief,reducing stress from your daily life and to reduce those dry, cracked heels you have on your feet, I definitely recommend trying out this out for your benefits.
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