Table Paper 101featuring Carolina Cotton
As the demand for waxing services have increased over the past decade, so have innovations for estheticians and stylists to provide a better, quicker experience for their clients. Table paper is one of these products, helping to create a sanitation barrier between the table and the customer, protecting the technician’s table and saving time in the cleanup process.
Originally used in the medical field by doctors, physical therapists and even dentists, table paper is now standard in the beauty industry with a variety of choices available. But with all the options, which one is right for you?
First, you need to consider the size of your table and the physical coverage you need for your specific surface. You can buy 16”, 18”, 21”, 27” widths and lengths of 200’, 225’ and 300’. The sizes sold most often in the beauty industry have been the 21” x 225’ and the 27” x 225’.
Next is basis weight. The highest basis weighted table paper product is 16# per square inch with the lowest paper around 10# per square inch. The best sellers are typically in the 13# per square inch basis weighted range. This is a measure by square inch, similar to copy paper. Simply, the higher basis weight per square inch, the thicker and heavier the table paper. This is important because different basis weights are better for different services. For example, a heavier paper (highest basis weighted) is recommended for massage, as it will be less noisy and softer for the client. If you are performing a waxing service, a lower basis weighted paper can be used.
Another consideration is whether the table paper is virgin pulp or made from recycled material. Paper derived from virgin pulp is by far more superior in strength, softness and noise of the paper. In making your selection of table paper, you need to consider the comfort of your client as well as the impact on the environment.
Lastly, you want to buy table paper that is either individually shrink-wrapped or individually bagged. This help keep the roll sanitary. The bagged rolls are preferred because you can use the paper and simply re-bagged and seal for the next use.
Table paper is the foundation for many services you perform. Make sure you are choosing the right products to ensure a successful spa or waxing service that will keep your clients coming back.