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What is eyebrow and eyebrow sculpting?

The eyebrow is an area of thick, fragile hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges . The eyebrow function is to prevent water or sweat, and other fragments, from falling down into the eye socket, but the eyebrows are also important to human being communication and facial expression. It is not uncommon for people – women in particular – to modify their eyebrows by means of eyebrow sculpting, make up, and tinting.

Human beings usually do their eyebrows shaped by a specialist. With the use of tweezers or waxing and a skilful eye, your eyebrows will be transformed into works of art with precise, yet natural lines that will enhance and beautify your features for a better and healthier look.


What is waxing?

Waxing is a technique of semi-permanent hair elimination which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks, although some individuals will begin to see re-growth in only a week or two. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, hair on the arms, legs, underarms and bikini line.

Other parts of body where waxing is frequently used for hair-removal are face, including upper lips, lower lips, eyebrows and chin, and the chest and back. The only areas where waxing should not be used are the eyelashes. Waxing on the female and male genital organs and nipples should only be done by a qualified and trained professional as these areas are especially vulnerable.

Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair.

Another technique uses hard wax as different to strip wax). In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist (eyebrow specialist) without the aid of cloths. This waxing technique is very useful to people who have sensitive skin or on sensitive areas.


What are the benefits of waxing?

Waxing removes hair from the root, so it takes a longer time for hair to grow again- anywhere from 3-8 weeks, depending on the individual speed of hair growth. This means your hair free, smooth skin lasts much longer and you can go for that holiday on the beach and bask in the glory of your enviably smooth and glowing skin without having to worry about body hair showing up in the meantime.

In contrast to other methods of hair removal like hair-removing creams and shaving, waxing does not cause cuts, pigmentation, or badly smelling skin. No unsympathetic chemicals are present in wax, so, the skin is saved from their damaging effect.

The hair that grows after waxing is of a finer and softer variety, not rough and hard as after shaving. And the really good thing is - waxing does not cause ugly stubble as seen in just a day after shaving.

Waxing leaves the skin soft, smooth and rejuvenated because it also removes a layer of dead cells from the surface of the skin, and thus, indirectly serves the function of exfoliating the skin as well.

After repeated sessions of waxing, you will notice a much sparser hair growth, and hair growth may even stop eventually. In contrast, shaving stimulates hair growth, because it removes hair at the surface only, not at the root.

Removing body hair by waxing is becoming so popular that even men are getting their bodies waxed in increasing numbers.


How is Waxing Done?

The good news is that waxing can be done by a professional at Maxitan™. We master the technique by doing what is suitable for you. We heat the wax until it is of a thick consistency and apply it thinly on the skin in the direction of hair growth. Place a cotton cloth, muslin or a paper strip over this area and press it. Finish by holding the skin taut and pulling the strip against the direction of hair growth by a swift movement of the hand. There, you are ready to show off to your friends! The pain you feel will last only an instant of a second and you will forget about it when you feel the enjoyable sensation of your silky, smooth skin.

Also, do not expose yourself to direct sunlight in the 24 hours before waxing and especially in the 48 hours after it. Avoid wearing tight clothing. Also, avoid hot baths, use of scented creams and lotions, and especially body scrubs for the next 24 hours. A number of people may get redness, bumps or skin irritation after waxing, but, it usually subsides within a few hours. If you are using Vitamin A creams or tablets like (Differin), (Retin A) or (Isoretinoin), it is strongly recommended that you do not wax, because these medications make the skin more prone to tearing when you peel off the wax. Do not wax on irritated, broken, chapped skin or on moles. You should ask advice from our Maxitan™ team for skin care support.

To drive the point of Maxitan™ in Prahran area and back home, if you want to enjoy the sensation, attention and admiration that a silky smooth, hairless and glowing skin unavoidably attracts, waxing would be just the way to achieve it- easily, instantly and for longer. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, Happy Waxing at Maxitan™!


What is a facial treatment?

A facial treatment is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage. It is normally performed in a beauty salon like Maxitan™ beauty salon. Facials are generally categorized, for example:

  • Dermalogiaca European facial

  • IPL quantum facial rejuvenation

  • Mini-Facial

  • Environ vitamin facial

Tools used in facial treatments are:

  • Facial bed (plinth) or chair

  • Clean sheet or other covering

  • Antiseptic

  • Skin peels

  • Cleansers and make-up removers

  • Cotton (roll)

  • Cotton pads

  • Cotton swabs

  • Facial masks

  • Facial Massager

  • Gauze

  • Vitamins

  • Mask brushes

  • Massage cream or lubricating oil

  • Moisturizers

  • Skin peels or exfoliation

  • Sponges

  • Sun protection products

  • Tissues

  • Tonic lotions

  • Serums

  • Hot Mitts

  • Eye Lotions

  • Specialised anti-aging products

Facial treatments can be performed by professional, qualified beauty therapists. At Maxitan™ team we can provide excellent and relaxed environment to cater all customers needs.


What is Facial mask?

A facial mask is a creamy paste (or gel) applied to the entire, already-cleansed face. It often contains minerals, vitamins, essential oils, and/or fruit extracts (e.g., cactus, cucumber, etc.). There are different kinds of masks for different purposes: deep-cleansing, by penetrating the pores; healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation; brightening, for a gradual illumination of the skin tone. Some masks are designed to dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster; others just remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing, or refreshing; and, may yield temporary or long-term benefits (depending on environmental, dietary, and other skincare factors). Masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping if off with a damp cloth, or peeling off of the face by hand. Duration for wearing a mask varies with the type of mask, and manufacturer's usage instructions. The time can range from a few minutes, to, overnight. Those with sensitive skin are advised to first test out the mask on a small portion of the skin, in order to check for any irritations.

Masks can be found anywhere from drugstores to department stores, and can vary in consistency and form. These forms include: clay, which is a thicker consistency, and will draw out impurities (and sometimes, natural oils, too) from the pores; a cream, which stays damp to hydrate the skin; sheet-style, in which a paper mask is dampened with liquid to tone and moisturize the skin; and lastly, a hybrid/clay & cream form that includes small beads for removing dead surface skin cells. These different forms are made to suit different skin types (e.g., oily, dry), and different skincare goals or needs (e.g., moisturizing, cleansing, exfoliating). Clay and mud masks suit oily and some "combination" skin types, while cream-based masks tend to suit dry and sensitive skin types.


What is ear candling?

Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice which improves general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. This method helps improve ear canal cleansing and balance of the body.

This procedure is very simple, but effective. For instance, one end of a cylinder or cone of waxed cloth is lit, and the other placed into the person’s ear. The flame is cut back occasionally with scissors and extinguished between 5 and 10 centimetres (2-4 inches) from the person’s ear canal.

The person is lying on one side with the treated ear uppermost and the candle vertical. The candle can be stuck through a paper plate or aluminium pie tin to protect against any hot wax or ash fragments falling onto the person’s ear canal.

Another way to perform ear candling involves the person lying face up with the ear candle extending out to the side with a 45 degree upward incline. A bowl of water is placed next to the person under the ear candle.

The flame is thought by proponents to create negative pressure, drawing wax and waste out of the ear canal, which appears as a dark residue.

An ear candling session can last from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, during which time a series of one or two ear candles may be burned for each ear.

At Maxitan™ we can provide effective cleansing of your ear canal for better and healthier ears.


What is hot stone therapy?

A stone massage is a massage that uses smooth, flat, and heated rocks placed at key points on the body. The rocks used in a stone massage are basalt, which has high heat retention qualities. Stones are placed in water and heated to approximately 125 °F (52 °C) before placement on the body. The stones are usually placed on specific points on the back, but can be placed other places such as between the toes, or in the palms of the hands. At Maxitan™ we can provide high quality and efficient heated stones to assist repair the body.


What is massage treatment?

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic (massa) meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin (massa) meaning "mass, dough" Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was (frictio).

Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognised massage modalities. The most mentioned reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.

In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets. Those who practice massage as a career are referred to as masseurs, masseuses, or, if certified, as massage therapists.

At Maxitan™ massage relaxation treatment is offered to relax and repair the body from further muscle and ligament damages.


What is IPL?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. It usually involves in specific lamps jointly with capacitors whose rapid discharge provides the high energy required.

It is a system of hair removal from the body most commonly employed by medical practitioners and estheticians. It engages the use of a specially constructed xenon flash lamp and focusing optics.

Cheaper and faster than laser hair removal, the IPL removal procedure has become very popular in beauty salons in the world. Maxitan™ IPL can be used as a skin treatment in a process known as photo rejuvenation to assist you get rid of unwanted spots and look good.

Maxitan™ IPL technology is also employed in the treatment of medical disorders of the skin including:

In terms of rosacea, Maxitan™ IPL offers one of the few effective treatments to relieve the facial redness associated with the disorder. Such treatment may be administered by a dermatologist or other medical specialist with experience treating skin disorders. This new technology incorporates 'dual mode filtering' and other important advances which result in safer and more effective treatment than older systems designed for hair removal.

The pulses of light produced by IPL equipment are very short in duration, so discomfort and damage to non-target tissues is minor. Most people who undergo IPL epilating action only experience slight irritation similar to that of a minor sunburn though under certain circumstances, blisters may occur. Generally men who are undergoing the procedure experience greater discomfort as male body hair is generally thicker than women's.

Depending on the instrument settings and intensity, treating sensitive areas such as the chest and face can result in pain comparable to waxing the same areas; however this pain dissipates immediately. The light that emanates from the IPL wand is filtered to remove any ultraviolet components, eliminating the possibility of UV skin damage.

IPL's (Intense Pulsed Light) work more directly on the top layers of the skin and do not penetrate deep enough to damage hair germ cells, without potential damage to the epidermis. At Maxitan™ we will ensure the best results for your skin rejuvenation and unwanted hair, for a better desirable look.


My eyebrows need shaping. What are the best methods, plucking or waxing?

At Maxitan™ we use both methods. For instance, waxing and plucking to create the shape that suits you. This way we have complete control, by not over waxing the brow and creating the final shape by plucking.


How often should I have my eyebrows done?

At Maxitan™ we believe each person has different needs, depending on their hair growth. Rebooking maybe made every three to six weeks depending on each clients individual needs.


What kind of tweezers do we recommend?

At Maxitan™ we highly recommend and retail tweezer man, hand sharpened and good tweezers.


What should I use to fill in my brows?

At Maxitan we retail eyebrow pencils and brushes to suit you. We also can teach you how to correctly use these instruments to fill in those gaps.


Are there any contra-indications before waxing?

You should not wax for at least two weeks after using Retinol A, Glycolic Acid or Roacutane treatment. You should advise your eyebrow specialist if you have been using any of these products.

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