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Do You Apply Hard Wax Against Hair Growth?

Oct 20, 2021

Hard waxes are the ideal solution to treat sensitive parts of the body without causing too much pain. Estheticians apply professional hard wax in areas like the face and the inner thigh to make the process more bearable on the skin, and the results speak for themselves: hard waxes make the skin smooth after removing all the hair from even the trickiest areas. Of course, this can only be done through a technique that estheticians have mastered after years of training and professional experience.

More specifically, the result of a wax treatment depends on how the wax is spread on the skin, how long it's left to sit, and the ripping of the layer at the end. Do you apply wax against hair growth? Some people assume such details make no difference but they are actually the key to removing all the hairs on the first try without hurting the pores that have been left open on the skin.

Using Hard Waxes

Hard waxes are slightly less known when compared to stripped waxes that you use on the legs and back. For one, hard waxes have more exclusive ingredients in their composition, and this makes them less accessible to some salon-goers. They are also removed without using a strip, allowing more precision when there's a trained hand taking care of the process.

Hard waxes are ideal for the face, the intimate area, and other parts where the skin is particularly sensitive. Many people are also drawn to them because they adhere only to the hairs without putting such a strain on the skin, making the wax season less painful overall.

Now, do you apply wax against hair growth? No, you always have to apply your wax layer following the direction of hair growth. Misinformation might stem from the fact that the wax is always removed against the direction of hair growth after you've let it sit for a few seconds. Basically, you spread the wax following the direction of hair growth and rip it out always in the opposite direction, so there's really no room for mistakes after you've gotten familiar with the step sequence.

How to Spread Hard Waxes

To expand more on the correct spreading technique, hard waxes have a thick, molasse-like consistency that can lead to messes if you don't know how to handle them. In most cases, this means wax dripping from your spatula while you move from the pot to the wax chair, or an uneven layer after you've already spread it on the skin. The latter results in the wax being too thick in certain areas and too thin in others, so it cools down at different times until it inevitably breaks when you try to rip off the whole layer. To spread the wax effectively, you need to follow a series of easy steps:

  1. First of all, you should make a bulb with your wax as soon as you raise the spatula from the pot. You twirl the wax slowly until it's fully wrapped around the spatula and easier to control during the treatment. You may twirl the spatula any number of times depending on how much wax you plan on using when you spread it on the skin; the type of treatment will also make a difference since you don't need a big wax layer to cover the skin around the eyebrows, for example.

  2. After that, you must spread the bulb of wax on the skin. You can run the spatula over the wax as many times as you need to ensure it spreads evenly, just remember to always follow the direction of hair growth. You can also add more wax if you have to, just remember to pace yourself or the wax might start to harden before you're ready to remove it.

  3. When you're satisfied, raise your wrist to create a lip once you reach the end of your wax layer. This will be the edge you're going to grab when it's time to pull the wax off. Then, you need to give the wax a few seconds to adhere to the hairs.

  4. When it's time to rip it off, grab the lip between your thumb and forefinger and use your other hand to keep the skin taut next to the wax layer. Pull off the wax in one quick motion against the direction of hair growth and put slight pressure on the newly waxed area with the hand you had on the skin. This last step will help assuage your client's discomfort.

Hard waxes are not unlike other wax formulas when they're applied on the skin. All waxes must be spread in the direction of hair growth to make all the hair to stick to the wax. Sugaring paste, by contrast, is spread against the direction of hair growth and removed by tugging in the direction of hair growth.

Beauty Image USA produces the best wax formulas to ensure the expected results in all your hair removal treatments. We have worked with hundreds of salons and spas providing the best products and accessories in the industry, and we continue expanding our catalog with innovative wax products that will delight your clients to no end. To contact our specialists, call TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out our website's contact form. And don't forget 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.