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Wearing disposable gloves is essential for waxing services.  Even if it isn’t a law that you wear gloves for every service, many people consider it to be the best practice.  I will admit that sometimes I don't wear gloves when I do a brow wax because I want more precision than gloves allow, but many would argue that I’m making a mistake. There could be blood contamination that occurs during a brow wax, so I am taking a risk. With this one exception, I wear gloves for all my waxing services. Not only do gloves protect me from blood-borne pathogens, they keep the messy wax off my hands. 

Which gloves should you choose?  The first consideration is size.  You want your gloves to fit snugly so they don’t get in the way of your work.  When in doubt, it is better to have your gloves fit too snug than too large.

The next consideration is whether you choose vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves. 

vinyl gloves

Vinyl are the least expensive, but they also are the least resistant to puncture.  They don’t stretch very well, and tend to fit loosely on the hands.  If you want your gloves to fit like a second skin, vinyl gloves are probably not the choice for you.  However, vinyl gloves have better resistance to certain chemicals and cleaning agents.

latex gloves

Latex gloves have more elasticity and fit more snugly to conform to your shape and movements.  Latex gloves come in either powdered or un-powdered styles.  The powder helps your hands slide in.  If you have ever tried to put damp hands in a latex glove, you know it is almost impossible.  Of course, you could always sprinkle some powder on your hands before sliding them in, but why not just opt for the powdered version?  One drawback of the powdered version is that they leave a white dusty film on your hands after you remove the gloves.  So much for keeping your hands clean.

The bigger problem with latex gloves is that some people are allergic to them.  What are you going to do if all you have are latex gloves and a new client shows up with latex allergies? For this reason, you must always have a few pair of disposable gloves available that are made of something other than latex.  You may be able to use latex with 99% of your clients, but when that 1% shows up you need to be ready.  Make sure you are screening for latex allergies in your client consultation so that you don’t accidentally give someone an allergic reaction.

nitrile gloves

Nitrile gloves are made from a synthetic polymer and don’t cause allergic reactions like latex.  They are not quite as flexible as latex, but they are more durable and puncture resistant.   If you are working with sharp instruments, nitrile is a better choice than latex.  Good quality nitrile gloves typically cost significantly more than latex, but the price is starting to come down.

Regardless of which type of glove you choose, you may find yourself with wax on your gloves and your fingers are sticking together.  If this happens, put a generous amount of oil in your gloved hands and rub them together.  No more sticky problems!


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disposable gloves

Disposable gloves should fit snugly, like a second skin. If they are too large, the gloves will wrinkle and get in your way while you are working.


Don't use gloves that are baggy. They will only get in your way as you wax.