OH WAX!

by Ang Xin Yee and Rachel Teo

Introducing the

PRACTITIONER

We've teamed up with a facial waxing home-beautician to bring her studio beyond the four walls of her home.

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

STORYWORLD

In the year 2×92, we now live on an orbiting space shuttle that’s approximately 180,000 miles away from Earth. A glance out of my window and I can see the beautiful planet that we once inhabited. Though I heard it used to be even more beautiful. I learnt that Earth was once a place filled with so much nature and life. After that catastrophic event in history, Earth was left uninhabitable, and everyone pretty much escaped into space.

 

My guess is that the governments then pretty much predicted it coming, there’s no way that they managed to create such a large scale, fully functional, liveable, space stations in a short amount of time. We were never educated about what happened. The older ones never spoke a word about it, it was against the rules to do so. There are eyes and ears everywhere. 

 

Today is just like every other day, I am fully packed with appointments, and I can only hope I have spare time in the middle of the day to grab a bite, unlike yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, waxing is something I enjoy doing, but travelling is such a chore. I heard that in the past, businesses operate via stationary shops. But due to the lack of space, businesses and professions became mobile. We bring the products and services to customers instead of them having to come with us. I’m lucky though, brow waxing does not require much equipment, everything fits into my handy little backpack. I don’t always visit homes, I sometimes do brows-on-the-go too, on trains when anyone needs a quick-fix when they are on the way to an important event.

PROTOTYPE

drawings

We've teamed up with a facial waxing home-beautician to bring her studio beyond the four walls of her home. We went through plenty of versions to reach our final design.

Version 1

Version 3

Version 2

FINAL PROTOTYPE

drawing

extendable light
wax heater

MODEL

We made a model before the constructing the overall prototype.

Paper model

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

The MAKING OF

How we put together our first prototype

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.

The END PRODUCT

An insight to each important feature.

FUNCTIONS

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. 

We presented it to several guests and their reactions were good!

PRESENTING

THANK YOU

Special thanks to our module Professor, Andrew Quitmeyer, and fellow peers who have helped us to figure things out along the way.

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