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Differences, Pros, Cons: Soft Wax vs. Hard Wax

Dec 23, 2022
Differences, Pros, Cons: Soft Wax vs. Hard Wax

Once you try professional waxes, it's hard to go back to homemade hair removal methods. Primarily divided into soft and hard body waxes, professional wax formulas bring a world of benefits to leave the skin glowing and smooth to the touch. If you go to a salon or a spa, chances are that you find a wax formula to treat specific parts of the body, and brands usually provide more than one option to help clients find what they like best.

Those who appreciate the perks of a good wax session know the best times to use hard and soft waxes, but each person is different. You need to know each type of wax inside and out so you can walk your clients through the best options available at your salon.

Soft Waxes:

Soft body waxes are what most people associate with traditional wax formulas. Also known as strip waxes, soft waxes are removed with the help of a muslin/non-woven strip that the esthetician presses to the skin after applying the wax. The right technique consists of spreading the wax in very thin layers, and these formulas provide enough elasticity to treat large expanses of skin like the legs, arms, and back. In addition, professional waxes cater to more refined tastes and even reduce the pain on sensitive skin.

Beauty Image USA has perfected its line of strip waxes to simplify hair removal treatments for estheticians and increase the client's comfort.


  • Professional soft waxes can be applied to almost all parts of the body and save you time while waxing areas with a lot of body hair.
  • They're ideal to remove coarse hairs and work on any type of skin.
  • They provide a gentle exfoliating effect.
  • They have a low-melting point to provide a pleasant sensation when the wax touches the skin.
  • Soft waxes are available in can and roll-on formats. The latter does wonders to keep a tidy workspace and the same effectiveness as high-end products.
  • The elasticity of soft waxes ensures that a product lasts for multiple hair removal sessions.
  • Soft waxes leave a sticky residue behind, and the sensation could be uncomfortable for some clients.


  • Because soft wax adheres to the skin, some treatments can exceed a client's threshold of pain. This is more common when the person is still getting acquainted with the process because the skin hasn't grown used to the sensation of ripping off the wax.
  • Soft waxes leave a sticky residue behind, and the sensation could be uncomfortable for some clients.
  • More time dedicated to clean-up after each session.

Hard Waxes:

Hard waxes are well-liked among many clients, especially those with skin conditions that make their skin more sensitive to waxing. When you use hard body waxes, you apply and remove the wax without the help of a strip. The wax has a gluey consistency that makes it easy to leave a small flap after spreading the layer on the skin. After a few seconds, you can pull off the wax and all the hairs will go with it. Of course, the consistency of the wax needs to be just right, which is why we stress the importance of having a professional wax heater during your sessions.


  • Hard waxes provide a lot of variety, combining multiple natural properties while keeping beeswax and rosin as their active ingredients.
  • They adhere to the hairs without sticking to the skin, so you can remove the wax without causing too much pain.
  • This also means that you can wax the same area more than once.
  • Estheticians agree that hard waxes are the ideal solution to ensure a pleasant experience while treating the most sensitive parts of the body. That's why they're the go-to product when it comes to facial waxes, Brazilian/Hollywood waxes, etc.

Hard waxes are also helpful when it comes to removing shorter and finer hairs.


  • Hard waxes follow the standard application technique (spread following the direction of hair growth and remove in the opposite direction) but they have a thicker texture that can make things tricky. You need time to master the consistency of hard waxes, or you could have the wax dry on the skin before even getting to try to remove the hairs. In most of these cases, the wax cracks, and removing it causes an awkward mess.
  • Hard waxes are slightly more expensive because they combine many high-quality ingredients and demand a more polished waxing technique. Some suppliers choose to forgo hard wax for this very reason.
  • They don't allow much room to work when treating large portions of the skin.

General Recommendations

Professional waxes are more effective than store-bought hair removal formulas, but you still need to take some precautions beforehand.

Encourage your clients to be upfront about allergies or other skin conditions and keep a close eye on the treated area throughout the session. Redness and swelling are expected but they shouldn't cause unbearable discomfort once you're done removing the wax. While both soft and hard waxes provide a gentle treatment, they can't stop the pores from becoming vulnerable to infections or itchiness, so give the skin all the care it deserves during the post-wax treatment, soothing the area with cool compresses and aftercare lotions.

The success of a hair removal session depends on many factors, but there's no denying the importance of choosing the right wax formula. We invite you to look over the options available in our online store so you can start welcoming new clients with everything they could ask for.

Beauty Image's products and accessories are just what you need to guarantee the best results. We have multiple alternatives to choose from in both our hard and soft wax formulas, so you can rest assured knowing that there's something for every taste. For more information about any of the products in our online catalog, you can call TOLL FREE at 888-513-8815 or fill out our website's contact form. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news and tips straight to your inbox.

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About Author

Adriana Mendez is the CEO of Beauty Image USA, a leading brand in the beauty industry dedicated to providing estheticians, cosmetologists, salons, spas, and licensed beauty professionals with high-quality and sustainable hair removal products. From wax to pre- and post-care products, Adriana's commitment to excellence ensures that Beauty Image USA consistently delivers products of the highest standard.