Waxing Tips for Every Skin Tone Under the Sun

Waxing can be performed on various skin tones and shades, including both fair and dark skin. In this blog post you'll learn:

  • How to avoid the pitfalls of waxing sensitive skin.
  • Reducing the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  • The best wax for vellus, fine hair versus thick, deep-rooted hair.
  • Dermwax waxes and products that help minimize these issues.

While the basic waxing process remains the same, there are some things to consider and be aware of the potential differences when waxing different skin tones.

Waxing and Skin Sensitivity

Fair Skin

Waxing And Fair Skin Tones

Fair skin tends to be more sensitive and becomes red after waxing. It's essential to use a wax formula suitable for sensitive skin.

The best practice technique is to perform a patch test on the client’s arm before applying it to the entire area. Dermwax’s Elite Naked Line is perfect for sensitive skin due to it being vegan and fragrance free. 
Applying Dermwax Calendula Oil after removing the wax will aid in calming and soothing the skin.

 Dark Skin Tones

Waxing Dark Skin Tones

Dark skin tones tend to have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) after waxing.

To avoid irritation and minimize the risk of discoloration apply a small amount of  Dermwax Calendula Oil to calm the skin.

Follow the oil with Dermwax Ingrown Solution.

Encourage your clients to exfoliate multiple times per day and apply Dermwax Ingrown Solution daily.

Dermwax Ingrown Solution contains Arnica and Lactic and Glycolic Acids. These ingredients reduce inflammation and hyperpigmentation while encouraging the skin cells to turnover.

Dermwax Ingrown Solution 

Thickness and Color of Hair

Fair Skin

Lighter, vellus hair on fair skin may be more noticeable especially in the sunlight; therefore, waxing will be the most effective way to provide smoother, hair-free results. Dermwax’s soft wax is the best way to remove vellus, fine hair. Check them out here.

Fair Skin Hair Texture

Dark Skin

Darker hair on dark skin is typically thicker excluding the arms. Dermwax’s hard wax will be the most effective hair removal method to remove thick, deep-rooted hair. Review the variety of hard wax options here.

 Hair Follicles

Post-Waxing Care

Fair or Dark Skin

Clients need to apply soothing and anti-inflammatory products at home to help keep the skin calm.

Encourage them to purchase retail bottles of Dermwax Calendula Oil and Dermwax Ingrown Solution daily for the best results. 

If they suffer from ingrown hairs, they will also need to exfoliate numerous times a day. 


Professional Expertise

Fair or Dark Skin

It is important to stress to your clients that it is essential to have waxing performed by a trained professional to minimize discomfort, ensure proper technique and minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Explain the risks of trying to wax themselves at home. 
In summary, while waxing can successfully be performed on both fair and dark skin tones, extra precautions to minimize the risk of inflammation, irritation, ingrown hairs, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation need to be taken.

Your professional guidance and use of the appropriate wax and waxing products will guarantee a safer and more effective waxing experience for all skin tones.

- Written by Kyla Sampson