Hard vs. Soft Wax

You will hear different terminology surrounding the world of waxing, but what does it all mean? Hard wax and soft wax? There are pros and cons to both and more often than not it’s up the discretion of the spa regarding what type they will be using. Here, we use soft wax.

Soft wax is definitely the more commonly used of the two. This includes going to spas and buying your own wax at the drug store. Your waxing appointment will go by faster with soft wax as the esthetician can simply apply the wax and cloth strip, and then immediately remove it. Hard wax is heated, applied to the desired area, and then you have to wait for it to cool and harden before the wax strip can be removed. So why would someone chose hard wax over soft wax?

The myth surrounding hard wax is that it hurts less than soft wax. This is partially true as hard wax does not act like an exfoliant to the same degree as soft wax, meaning hard wax does not adhere to your skin as much as soft wax. Some people’s skin will react to soft wax because of this. Therefore, when the wax strip is removed you are just removing hair, not a layer of skin with it. Hard wax is also far easier to clean off clothing should some accidentally get on you. Most hard waxes don’t even require a fabric cloth to remove because it doesn’t adhere to fabric. But for all the wonders of hard wax, it does have its flaws.

The largest of these flaws being that hard wax doesn’t remove all your hair. Hard wax doesn’t adhere to your soft skin, which is good, but this also means it does not adhere to your fine hairs like soft wax does. This is another reason why hard wax doesn’t hurt as much. Soft wax does an excellent job removing all sorts of hair. Course hairs, like the first time you get your legs waxed, and fine hairs, like when you have your upper lip waxed.

Pros and cons of hard wax: it hurts slightly less soft wax, but it doesn’t remove all your hairs. Pros and cons of soft wax: it will remove every single hair, but there is a chance its exfoliating factors cause a skin reaction lasting 1-24 hours.

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