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The difference between Strip and hot wax

There are a couple of different types of wax for hair removal- soft and hard. They way they are heated up or not, packaged, applied and removed varies. It’s one of the most popular forms of hair removal which provides weeks of hairless skin.
Wax contains resins and it’s not water soluble. This means that you will need a wax remover or use an oil to get all traces off of skin.
Here we’ll go over soft/strip, and hard/hot wax in all their forms.

Soft/Strip wax
Soft wax is also known as strip wax because it will always require a strip to remove it. Soft wax is applied in a thin layer in the direction of hair growth and taken off quickly in the opposite direction.
Generally it requires quarter of an inch in growth for the product to successfully uplift the hair from its root.
There are many companies that make soft wax and the quality varies greatly. You’ll also find ones that use honey and others that use a creamy base. They are often frangranced with another ingredient like chocolate, lavender, tea tree, cherry and many more.

Different Forms of Soft Wax

Heated: You will find this type in a pot. It’s either softened in the microwave or awax warmer. Professionally we use this type of wax over any other kind of soft wax because the heat makes it easy to spread, and seems to soften the hair somewhat, lessening wax pain.
We always use a warmer with an adjustable temperature with a built in thermostat as is ideal because it will help wax stay at a consistent temperature over it being heated in a microwave.
This is important because we want it warm, not really hot, to spread easily and remove the hair.

Cold: It’s taken right out of the pot and applied to the skin. Although it’s convenient, it’s firmer and it can be tricky to get a thin layer on evenly. Most people find cold more painful than heated and often leaves hair behind due to breaking the hairs rather than removing the hairs.

Pre Waxed Strips: The strips have the wax already applied. Not only are they easy to use but there’s no chance of putting on too much product. And depending on how much hair you’re removing, a strip can often be used more than once per area. Many manufacturers recommended that wax strips are to be ‘heated’ up by rubbing them between your palms which allows them to stick more to the hair. The strip is simply placed on and smoothed over in the direction of hair growth. Again these are not “heated” so you run the risk of breaking hair rather than removing.

Hard/ Hot wax
This is also known as hot wax because it doesn’t need a strip to be removed. This wax is always warmed up believe it or not to a lower temperature than strip wax, and can never be used cold or at room temperature. A small amount of pre-wax oil normally goes on to your skin after it’s cleansed.
It’s applied thicker than soft against the direction of hair growth. As it hardens it shrink wraps the hair and then becomes a strip in itself. The end where it’s going to be removed from is pressed up creating a tab. It’s then pulled off in the opposite direction of growth. It’s recommended hair be at least ¼” but it will remove hair slightly shorter. It works great for areas with thick hair such as bikini lines and underarms.


Click here to watch a short video that tell you how long your hair needs to be to be waxed.