Waxing is one of the most popular ways to get rid of unwanted body hair. Both soft and hard wax techniques provide a quick, convenient, and long-lasting solution.
The process of waxing will always hurt a little but it is certainly an easy sensation to get used to. A professional who has trained with a particular brand of wax will have lots of experience and be able to rapidly remove wax causing as little discomfort as possible.
Both hot and soft wax formulas remove hair from the follicle but as a general rule hard wax is better for smaller and potentially more sensitive areas such as your delicate bikini line. On the other hand, soft wax can be a better-suited option for larger areas including for your legs.
What is hard wax?
When it comes to pruning your sensitive areas, hard wax is definitely the most comfortable option. Unlike soft wax, hard formulas adhere directly to the pubic hair rather than the skin. As hard wax only sticks to your hair and not your skin, you can repeat the waxing process on the same spot multiple times to eliminate all hair without damaging the skin.
Hard wax is much thicker than soft wax formulations and will harden on the skin. Unlike the more traditional soft wax brands, hot wax does not need to be removed with a strip and a swift rip will lift the wax from the skin in one piece. Applying and removing hard wax can be a time-consuming procedure when tackling larger surfer areas such as your legs and arms.
Before beginning a hard waxing treatment your beauty therapist will follow the following steps for optimum results and comfort:
- Cleaning the area of skin with a special cleansing solution.
- Applying a pre-wax oil to create a barrier between the wax and your skin. This helps protect your skin.
- Warming the wax to around 50 degrees. (When applied hard wax should be warm and not hot.)
- Applying the wax in the direction of hair growth with a special waxing spatula.
- Waiting for the wax to harden, then pulling it off in the opposite direction of the natural hair growth.
What is soft wax?
Unlike hard wax, soft wax adheres to your skin as well as hair. When using soft wax formulas the outermost top layer of the skin is also removed during the process. Soft waxing will almost always be a more painful procedure as a result of this skin removal and can sometimes lead to irritation, redness and dryness. As a result of both the hair and top skin layer being removed, you should avoid rewaxing the same area in too close a time period.
Before beginning a soft waxing treatment your beauty therapist will follow the following steps for optimum results and comfort:
- Cleaning the area that is being waxed.
- If necessary, warming the wax to the temperature suggested by the brand guidelines.
- Holding the skin while applying the formula.
- Applying a thin coat of wax with a special waxing spatula.
- Place a waxing strip over the area and rubbing it sufficiently.
- Holding the skin taut followed by quickly removing the strip in the opposite direction of the natural hair growth.
If you experience skin redness or swelling that lasts more than 2-3 days after waxing, or have skin irritation that seems to be getting worse, you should contact your beauty therapist.