Q&A

What methods and type of equipment would you suggest for doing paraffin dips?

Q.

I want to start doing paraffin treatments on my manicure clients, but I’ve never done this before. I’ve heard some techs use a crock pot for warming the paraffin. What methods and type of equipment would you suggest?

A.

Martinez: Invest in a good, professional wax warming machine – it will pay off. Be sure to charge for this service, and use it for manicures as well as pedicures. When you introduce this service to your clients, offer a free dip on one hand and then compare the two hands. The next time that client comes in, she’ll probably ask for the full service. I have learned it is best to give the paraffin dip at the end of the service when the client’s nails polish is dry. If you “dip” before polishing, oils from the wax can be difficult to remove.

Roberts: I’d be very skeptical of the crock pot method – temperature controls were not meant for hands and paraffin. If you’re going to add this wonderful service, do it right and invest in professional paraffin treatment equipment.

Stadamire: I don’t ever recommend using a crock pot or a microwave for this purpose. Stick with a machine made for this treatment which will have a set heat temperature to prevent burning. Makeshift warmers have a reputation for burning clients.

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