What's The Difference Between Hard Wax and Soft Wax?

Provide a better waxing experience for both first-timers and regulars

Waxing can come with a few negative connotations especially if your customer is new to waxing. Maybe they’ve spent a little time searching on Google to prep for their first visit and found quite the array of stories from painful to embarrassing! As waxing experts and estheticians, one way we can eliminate any preconceived notions is by understanding the details around hard wax and soft wax and when is the best time to use either. This way, you provide a better waxing experience for both first-timers and regulars and ensure that the client has the best possible results. Oh, and maybe we can also keep their horror stories off the internet! Keep reading, because here is the difference between hard wax and soft wax.

Soft Wax

Traditionally, soft wax has been the go-to in the spa industry. This type of wax requires a strip to remove the hair, which among other things always makes for a favorite scene in Hollywood movies and comedies! We prefer to use soft wax on larger areas of the body because the application doesn’t need to be very thick… plus, it’s just easier to remove large areas with a strip! Soft wax typically does need to be heated, But Berodin Black heats only to a low temperature, eliminating the concern of burning a client. Although soft wax does have a reputation for being the more intense of the two waxes, Berodin Black is a softer hybrid that is a great soft wax solution for sensitive skin that is gentle and doesn’t leave residue behind.

Hard Wax

Some people see ‘hard wax’ and are quick to think that means the waxing will be painful! However, contrary to assumptions, hard wax is a great choice for clients who have sensitive skin. Hard wax does not require a strip to remove hair; instead, the hairs get stuck in the wax without sticking to the skin. If you do a lot of work on the face, underarms, or bikini area, we recommend hard wax since it’s gentler and more effective in removing hair. Plus, you can go over the skin a second time to remove any hairs you may have missed without damaging the skin. Aqua is a hypoallergenic soft wax option that spreads thin, so you can work on larger areas of the skin than other hard waxes allow.
Here’s the moral of the story: you should have both waxes in your salon at all times! As the expert, it’s up to you to understand the difference between hard wax and soft wax and educate your clients on why you chose a certain wax for them. Keep an open line of communication and build trust with your clients by keeping them informed.