OH WAX!

by Ang Xin Yee and Rachel Teo

Who is she?

Rachel Oh is a waxing beautician who works mostly on the facial region, in the comfort of the own home.

Her workspace

Her workspace

Our practitioner is a home-based beautician who focuses on facial waxing. Pain points about waxing: since it is a home beauty parlor at an estate neighborhood, the location is inconvenient for customers. It might even deter potential customers from enlisting her services.

Our practitioner is a home-based beautician who focuses on facial waxing. Pain points about waxing: since it is a home beauty parlor at an estate neighborhood, the location is inconvenient for customers. It might even deter potential customers from enlisting her services.

Process 

Documentation

The to-be-waxed area is first cleaned and powdered to ensure the wax sticks onto the skin. 

The wax is pre-melted in the wax heater. Using a flat wooden applicator, she coats with a thin even layer of wax and applies it onto the skin. 

Then cloth strips are placed on the waxed areas and ripped in a swift motion. 

 

After all necessary areas are covered, a tweezer is used to remove hairs that were not waxed off. Wax residue left is removed using a cotton pad with baby oil.

Tools

Chair

Standing light

 

In the wheeled cart:

Hair removal wax

Wax heater

Wax applicator sticks

Waxing paper strips

Cotton pads

Make-up remover

Cleanser oil (pre treatment)

Wax remover oil (post treatment)

Powder

Hair clips

Tweezers

Spoolie

Mirror

Version 1

Version 3

Version 2

extendable light
wax heater

Paper model

We first made a paper model in the following dimension that would create a 13x8.67x3.67 inches backpack.

Structure of the Bag

We started by cutting up vinyl according to the size of the paper model we made.

Then we sowed on straps and velcro and created it's shape by sealing the corners to create a box.

Extendable light

By creating holes in ice cream sticks, we used thumbtacks to secure them together and folded the ended which were sticking out with a plier.

The light source is then attached to the end of the contraption.

By securing a hinge onto the perforated board (as a structural backing for the back), the extendable light is then attached to the back.

"Wax heater"

Wire mesh is wrapped around a container and aluminium foil was used to create a cover for the wax heater.

Portability

Compacted into a 13x8.67x3.67 inches backpack, users can easily carry the mobile studio on their shoulders. The adjustable shoulder straps allow users to adjust the length of the straps for a comfortable fit.

Chair

Packed in the backpack, there is a foldable chair that extends out to a (dimensions) seat for clients to sit on while getting their treatment done.

Storage

Ohwax has 6 built-in storage compartments to organize and store all the waxing equipments needed. 

Technology

Inside Ohwax, there is a wax heater as well as a light source. To power these devices, Ohwax uses human body heat technology. The foldable chair conducts body heat from client sitting on it and powers the wax heater and light. The red light on the wax heater is an indicator for when the wax is ready for use. The light is retractable for easy storage and use. 

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