The Difference Between Hard Wax and Traditional Soft Wax

Waxing is, in general, something that many people are a bit weary of, but there’s really no need to be. When a skilled esthetician does it, it can be completed with ease and relatively little pain.

There are many types of wax out there but all boils down to two categories - Soft Wax and Hard Wax. Soft Wax is typically used in most forms of body waxing, while Hard Wax is less traditional but just as effective. At Alayne White we’ve always offered Soft Wax options to our clients, however for the past few months we’ve been trialing Hard Wax in our Bristol location and we’re now thrilled to be adding it permanently to our service offerings and bringing it to our Providence location.

Soft Wax

Soft Wax - the traditional wax method that you’re probably most familiar with - is generally well-suited for use on any body part - from eyebrows to bikini areas. For the most part, it’s more easily manipulated and, thus, easier to use. It is applied hot with a spatula and removed with a cloth strip. However, because it adheres to the skin as well as to the hair it’s tasked with removing, Soft Wax can unfortunately remove a bit of skin and cause irritation or ingrown hairs for those with sensitive skin. For this reason, technicians using Soft Wax typically avoid going over an area more than once.

That aside, one of the major benefits of using Soft Wax is time. We get that no one wants to spend hours getting waxed and Soft Wax is a bit quicker  because you don't have to wait for it to harden.

Hard Wax

While Soft Wax is used more often, Hard Wax is a little different and, quite frankly, takes more skill to use. It’s thicker than traditional Soft Wax and while it’s applied in the same way that the Soft Wax is applied, it’s removed by an entirely different method. The difference is that when it’s pulled off, it’s pulled off on its own - without a cloth strip - starting with the edge of the hardened wax.. Since Hard Wax attaches itself - for the most part - only to the hair and not to the skin, it’s excellent for sensitive areas such as the face or bikini area as it reduces discomfort and minimizes the possibility of irritation. Additionally, since the wax doesn't adhere to the skin, technicians can go over the area more than once if there are stray hairs. .

Hard wax is ideal if you have sensitive skin, or you’re having your bikini area waxed, as it’s hard wax is best for you. It is gentler and great at removing tiny hairs as well longer and thicker ones.

Regardless of which waxing method you choose, at Alayne White we use only the highest quality wax to ensure that your experience is nothing short of that.


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