Although both do a good job of removing hair from the follicle. Hard wax is better for smaller, more sensitive areas like your bikini line. Soft wax, on the other hand, is a better option for larger areas like your legs. We will look at the pros and cons of both in an effort to help you choose the right wax for your needs.
This wax is used in sensitive areas like the face, bikini, and underarm areas. Hard wax adheres to the hairs rather than to the skin, which gives it an advantage in the hair removal process. Hard wax is thicker than soft wax and works by hardening on your skin hence, the name. Once it hardens, you can remove it with your hands, so there’s no need for waxing strips. This makes the process a lot less painful and easier to do at home. Hardening wax leaves less residue behind, resulting in a cleaner finish.
If you think hard wax is for you, here’s what you need to do:
- Clean the area of your skin you want to wax.
- Apply a pre-wax oil, like grapeseed oil, to create a barrier between the wax and your skin. This helps protect your skin.
- Warm the wax to around 130°F. It should be warm, not hot. The easiest and safest way to warm the wax is in a wax warmer. Try to use one that has a temperature gauge dial so you know when the wax reaches the ideal temperature.
- Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth with a waxing spatula.
- Wait for it to harden, then pull it off in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Soft wax adheres to your skin as well as to the hair. This means that the outermost top layer of your skin also comes off when the wax is pulled off. As a result, this makes the soft wax process more painful but good for the larger areas. Additionally, helping to remove any dry or dead skin with the hair growth. Unlike hard wax that comes off on its own, soft wax requires a waxing strip to remove the wax and hair from your skin. This may leave your skin red and irritated afterward. Soft wax works best on large areas like your back, legs and arms. Soft wax is not recommended for sensitive areas.
If you think soft wax is for you, here’s what you need to do:
- Clean the area you want to wax.
- If necessary, warm the wax to the temperature suggested by the product you’re using.
- Hold your skin while applying the wax.
- Apply a thin coat of wax with a waxing spatula. Make sure to apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth and spread it on evenly.
- Place a waxing strip on the area and rub it vigorously.
- Holding the skin taut, quickly remove the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth