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#1 charliehorse

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 09:16 PM

Can anyone tell me what the wax treatment for heating hands is called? Do you need a pot to warm it in? Is it prescribed?
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 11:20 PM

Mine is just called a Wax machine. You can purchase them at any Beauty Supply usually. This time of year Department stores sell them and stock them with Holiday Stock. If you ask an employee they should know if they carry this item. Some machines may say something along the lines of "foot and hand warm wax machine". I love mine and use it often. Sometimes we just need to pamper ourselves while also getting some type of relief. This purchase should be under $30.00 and I hope you find one and let others know how it worked for you.
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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 03:21 AM

There's no prescription needed, but if you had a written one, you might be able to claim the purchase price as a tax deduction. Posted Image

My wax bath was a gift, but as Sheryl says, they aren't expensive. They usually come with enough wax (plus a bit more for a top up) to fill the bath to the recommended level. You plug the thing in and it gently warms the wax to the melting point plus a bit - mine had a thermostat to control how hot the wax would get. Then you dip your hands or feet in, and pull them out again with a coating of wax. You leave that on for a while, then peel it off and return it to the bath.


The wax that came with mine was a mixture of paraffin and mineral oil and really felt great when it was heated up. It relieved the aches and extremely dry skin for quite a while and there wasn't any limit to how often you could use it. I may be goofy, by it seemed to get the warmth into my hands and feet right down to the bone. The mineral oil, besides lowering the melting point temperature of the paraffin, softens and moisturizes the skin the same way lotions do.

The one downside (and this is probably too revealing about the usual state of my housekeeping) was that over time the dog hair that lurks around this place managed to find its way into the wax and cleaning out the 'bath' was quite a chore. Posted Image That's what finally made me give it up. The machine certainly had years more life left in it.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:16 AM

I love mine. Keep in mind that it takes something like 14 hours for it to heat up. You can leave it on warm though if you use it alot. Then it would take less time to heat up. Boy it sure does make your skin feel good. I wish I could get my whole body in there!!! - Hope you get one and hope you like it alot - Lisa
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 05:14 AM

Hello All

I can't believe how cheap you can get these wax baths in the US! I had one, for hands and feet and it was over £200.00!! In the early days I used it about 3 to 4 times a week but then I got fed up with it. Wax would end up everywhere, because I can't bend my wrists or ankles my husband used to have to spoon the wax over my hands and feet as well as me dipping them.

I also had heated mittens and booties to keep the wax warm for over an hour, bought off of a popular internet site for buying and selling. Try wrapping the hand/foot in cling film after waxing then wrap up in whatever to keep the warmth in as long as possible. Just make sure you get the wax off before it gets cold or ouch!

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#6 charliehorse

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 07:50 AM

Wow! :emoticon-hug: Thank you all for your responses. It sounds like a really good idea. So, you just keep reusing the wax do you? I like the image of Jeannie's dog hair! It's like a reverse wax treatment at the salon where you can have additional hair attached. I've not seen them in Australia, but I guess we have them. I shall hunt one down. Hopefully they're not too expensive like in the UK, Amanda.

Thank you all, I shall let you know if I have success. :bye:
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:02 AM

Hello Charliehorse

The instructions with the bath told me not to but I did because I'd run out of wax in a week otherwise and it was not cheap here in the UK. You do have to change it at some point though because you get lots of skin at the bottom of the bath...so gross!

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 01:01 PM

Since I am the only one that uses my hot wax machine I use the wax over numerous times. When I dip my foot several times in and out of the wax I then put my foot in the plastic style bags that came with my machine. You could use any type zip lock type baggie if the bags don't come with your machine. After removing towels and the wax has cooled I rub my feet inside the bags. All the wax falls off into the bags the I dump it back into the machine. I keep two cleaned out coffee containers, mine happen to be plastic for the use of straining my wax after a couple months. I heat the wax to its max, and I put a piece of cheese cloth over a coffee container held on with many rubber bands. I dump the wax into these containers, and then take paper towels and wipe out the bottom of my wax machine. I do this quickly. In fact my husband does the pouring, I wipe out the debris in the bottom of my machine and he pours the wax back into the machine. It only takes a matter of 3 to 5 minutes when you have everything set up. Put the lids on the coffee cans and place them under your sink or in the garage until they are needed again. That's how I happen to do mine. If others have good ideas send them to us. Anything to help make things easier is a good thing. I just thought of something to keep our machines clean. Don't put the used wax in the machine. Put it in the coffee containers if they are the plastic kind and reheat that small amount from hands and feet in the microwave. Pour through the cheese cloth while hot back into the hot bath and you won't have to clean out the machine. Duh! why haven't I tried that.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:33 PM

Thanks, Amanda and Sheryl,

I had no idea how the whole thing works. The straining sounds like a good idea, especially if using a couple of times a week, otherwise it would break the bank.

I finally found one that I could order within Australia and not have to purchase over the internet. It is from a medical supplies company. It was not cheap, but should be good, and is certainly cheaper and probably more hygienic than having a beautician do it.

I can't wait to give it a test drive.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 12:22 PM

Hi Waxers!
Ok I ve been watchng this post since started, my sister owns a spa & Salon buisness, heres her tips, go to the website of the manufactuer thats written on your wax bar- ( I did and this worked) Write a sweet "help me letter" My doctor recomends I use this to help my hands from crippling with my Rare disease "Scleroderma", is there a place where I can purchase at a discounted rate, Your wax helps me alot!
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Miss Bah blah Ba

They put my name on there system and now I e-mail my order and pay 1/4 the cost of retail!

Then you get your Wax machine - before you put wax bar in , DON'T throw out old panty hose! Cut the legs of mid thigh - tie a not where you cut each leg off stretch the waist around top of pot rim NOW put the wax bar ontop the panty liner turn on and wait 2-3 hrs, AHHH use and enjoy! Leave in for up to 5 uses,It won't burn- when you want to change the liner,turn Off and Lift liner out and chuck it in the garbage- Leave the wax in pot to harden, Now don't put a liner in till the next use. put liner waist around edge same as before, but this time your hand will push it down after wax is heated -WALA!
My Sister said if your hands are clean going in, you should'nt have to chuck it out often just add a new bar when it gets low.
And I get wholesale for the little handwarmers for your pockets to each winter I order a case of 80- huge discounts- always send Manufacturer a sweet letter.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:26 PM

What great advice, Sandra. Would've taken me eons to figure that out.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:46 PM

Good idea Sandra, I will have to try that idea. Now I just have to find someone what still wears those dreaded nylons. Or someone that still has a job that requires you to dress in suitable attire to need to wear nylons. It would be so much easier and lifting the wax machine and pouring all the wax out. I am on it girlfriend. Now, when I get back from Florida I will have to call about the wax. Since I don't use that much because of reusing it over and over I might luck out. Thanks for sharing this great idea.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 02:38 AM

Hi All

I too purchased a wax bowl/machine; I got mine on line & it was about £50 & that included a large amout of wax which, as I'm the only one using it, I just leave in the bowl & then re-heat it each time. :) Your idea sounds really good though, Sandra; :thank-you: on the very rare occasions that I wear a dress I always wear stockings not tights so I'll be able to use the old stockings with it!! ;)

I have to say though I do find the whole waxing procedure rather a palaver; I'm supposed to do it 3 times a week according to the nurse at The Royal Free........I can just see me doing that!! ;) However I'm lucky as my Scleroderma skin involvement is fairly minimal; just the tops of my fingers although the main problem is with my lungs.......sadly I can't dunk them in a bowl of hot wax to soften the scar tissue on them!! :(

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#14 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 03:24 AM

Wow, Sandra, I just might get another wax machine thanks to your tip! What a truly great idea! Posted Image

I don't wear much but jeans and wooly socks these days, but whenever they have a sale on the ultra-cheap pantyhose, I buy them. Why, if you don't wear them, do I hear you say? Because they make the world's best plant ties. I cut the legs off in rings & use them in everything that needs tying up. You ought to see our honeysuckles when the leaves are off. Posted Image
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 03:33 AM

Hey Waxers, Tell your friends to save them, fill kitchen sink HOT water add dish soap and stir a minute- rinse well- then dry and USE.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 03:55 AM

You guys kill me :VeryHappy:
I write direct to all manufacturer's with my sweet letter, why not? Don't we deserve a break to get relief and comfort- YES
I e-mailed directly to the electric blanket company too, went to store and read the tiny manufacturer tag and wrote down the name ran home fired of my "Sweet Letter" and I paid a discounted price for the one for my Queen bed and they threw in a electric chair warmer pad and a letter of good wishes, I was thrilled! I could go on and on- My walking shoes 2 for 1- thermal blankets for the RV, Its honest, our doctor say "be comfortable" Right? so write it down that the Doctor recommends it.
Ok I will shut my yapper now
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:54 AM

Whoo-hoo!
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Well, folks, my wax machine arrived and I was so excited about it I had two goes yesterday. Mmmmmmm!

Only problem is I'm still figuring out how to sort the junk from the wax. My machine is a weird shape and has a lid so the pantyhose thing doesn't work, but I did try putting the used wax in a leg of pantyhose and then dunking it. I also tried microwaving in some muslin - oops - something caught fire in there.

Anyway, back to the drawing board, but meanwhile, what a treat! :emoticon-hug:
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 12:42 PM

Isn't it just great. I am so glad you are enjoying your wax machine. You will find the techniques that work best for you.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:23 PM

Charliehorse,
I love my wax bath and got it from a beauty supply shop. They also sell kilo refills of paraffin. I've never tried the pantyhose trick but I do wrap my hands in plastic bags and then heated wheat bags after treatment. The whole process keeps my hands warmer than just the wax. Good luck, summer is almost here!

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:49 PM

Hey Sally,

Fellow Aussie! :bye:

Yay for summer. I'm loving this weather, only problem is the air conditioning and fatigue from sudden changes in temperature.

Also, daylight savings is a blessing - more time to walk and play.

I'm loving my wax bath! I can't get the stocking thing to work on mine, it's an odd shape.

I'm very grateful for your suggestion of the kilo paraffin from the beauty suppliers - that will certainly be cheaper than the 500gm from the medical suppliers, I'm guessing. I've been doing the wrap of plastic thing, but not the wheat bags. That sounds like a very nifty idea.
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