Your essential guide to cartridge wax
The traditional hot pot waxing system is passé. And the cartridge wax is in. For those of you who have still not made the change in what is an essential routine for most, there are many compelling reasons why you should. For those who are new to the concept, let us first explain what cartridge waxing is all about.
What is cartridge waxing?
Cartridge waxing is the process of using one-time-use wax that comes in mostly disposable cartridges that are electrically warmed to the desired temperature. The wax is then applied like a roll on onto the area that needs waxing, following which the unwanted hair is pulled off with a disposable waxing strip. There are many benefits this way of waxing has over the traditional hot pot waxing.
How to do cartridge waxing?
The wax cartridge is first set to a predesignated temperature and the power is switched on. Once it heats up, a bit is rolled on to your skin to see which temperature you are comfortable with. The temperature mark is reset to this temperature. Once ready to use, the cartridge is taken out from the charger and rolled on to the area that needs to be waxed. No spatula is needed for application as the cartridge itself is the applicator. Then disposable waxing strips are used to remove the unwanted hair. The cartridge cannot be reused if it is a disposable one. It has to be thrown away. Refillable cartridges are available too, which need to be refilled only after complete cleaning and disinfecting.
Why is cartridge waxing better than the hot pot?
No fear of cross contamination or infection
In the traditional waxing process, the same hot pot is used on a person after person by heating and reheating the same wax. The same spatula is used to layer on the wax. This leads to cross-contamination of not only hair but also bacteria which breed prolifically in the hot damp environment and take rides on the spatula from one person to another. Cartridge waxing, on the other hand, allows the use of only one set of cartridges for one person. So there is no fear of contamination. As for the spatula, it is simply not needed.
Takes less time and is cheaper
Given the long-winded process of heating the hot pot, testing it at each stage for overheating, laying on the wax correctly on the skin using an unwieldy spatula, the cartridge wax is a much better option to go for. The light indicator tells you when the temperature has reached your designated mark. Applying it is a simple process of rolling it on with single sweeps. And your skin is ready for the wax strips. This cuts down drastically on salon time, and hence also costs.
While the hot pot may overheat unless it is monitored every now and then, or the layer of wax applied on your skin may be too thick as well as hot, both of which can cause burns, the cartridge wax is immune to such unfortunate incidents. The cartridge cannot overheat as the temperature is set. The wax cannot be layered on too thick as it is a roll on the procedure. So no more burns.
Is less messy
The traditional hot spot waxing is in line with images of dripping spatulas, running sides of the pot and more. Cartridge waxing has no room for such accidental drips and spills.
While cartridge waxing is great, there are ways to make it even better
Some tips to get the most out of cartridge waxing
Remember to roll and test a new cartridge on an unused wax strip to make sure the wax is flowing evenly.
Remember to have a light touch when rolling on the wax.
Remember to hold the cartridge at an angle of 45 degrees when rolling the wax on.
Remember to decide on and set the temperature before starting the waxing procedure.
Remember to use cartridge skirts to ensure no wax drips.
Remember never to reuse a cartridge head.