For most cosmetic procedures, you will need to have a client fill out a consent form of some type. Consent forms are used to not only give the client all of the necessary information they need to make an informed decision but to protect yourself, and your salon from any liabilities should something go wrong.
Waxing is a form of hair removal that utilizes a sticky substance to remove hair from the root. It lasts longer than shaving and can be done in most areas of the body. There are some drawbacks to waxing, such as mild pain, ingrown hairs, and some minor bleeding. There is also something known as “skin lifting,” where the top layer of skin comes away with the waxed hair. It’s for these reasons that consent forms are essential.
What is a waxing consent form?
A waxing consent form is used to inform the client of what is being done. Any side-effects or symptoms they may experience, any issues they need to be aware of for aftercare and lets the client be fully aware that they are responsible for any responsibilities or ramifications once they sign the consent form. A consent form is also used for a parent or guardian to sign, allowing a minor to have a waxing treatment.
Waxing consent forms are relatively straightforward. You can download one of our many templates and samples to give a clearer idea of what should be on the way.
The waxing consent form should have the clients’ details, including what they are having done for that session. You should also ask the client if they have any allergies to any of the ingredients you may be using, and whether they are undergoing any medical care for things like cancer treatments, hyperpigmentation, and if they have medical conditions, such as diabetes. It’s also essential to find out if they have recently had other treatments are done that can make the skin more sensitive, such as alpha-hydroxy acid, Retin-A, Accutane, or glycolic peels.
The next section of your consent form should go over what is involved in the waxing treatment, anything they need to be aware of, such as after effects, risks, and side effects, and what outcome to expect. It should be as informative as possible, and you should make sure that the client understands everything and asks any questions they may have before they sign the form.
There should be an after treatment section that explains to the client what they need to do once the wax treatment has been done, such as how to deal with any swelling, redness, or minor discomfort. The last part of your consent form should be the waiver and release form, which protects you from liability should something go wrong after treatment. It will state that the client understands their responsibilities in aftercare and that everything was clearly explained to them.
Waxing Guidelines and Laws
In most states, you need to have an esthetics or cosmetology license to perform waxing treatments on others. If you are not licensed and have not met your state requirements to perform waxing services, you could face a lawsuit, regardless of whether a client signed a consent form, especially if you led them to believe you were licensed.
Frequently Asked Questions
As long as the parent previously consented to the treatment, a minor can go to the procedure on their own.
Most salons will not perform a waxing treatment on anyone under 12, even with the parent or guardians’ consent.
No. Having an esthetician or cosmetologist license means only you can perform those services. Anyone performing those services in your salon must have their permission and undergo the appropriate training by a licensed facility.