WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STRIP WAX AND HOT WAX?
Strip wax is what most people think of when you mention waxing. It’s runny wax that’s applied in a thin layer using a disposable wooden spatula stick. Hair is then immediately removed by rubbing a disposable strip against it and quickly peeling it off.
Hot wax is typically thicker in the pot and is applied thickly too. Like with strip wax, your therapist uses a disposable wooden spatula stick to apply it. She’ll likely put on what feels like a few layers, and move the stick around in a few directions, and then leave one edge with some extra wax. Over the next minute or so, the wax will harden slightly during which time your therapist will likely apply wax to another area to save time. She will then ‘pat’ the wax to check how soft or hard it is – waxing it off prematurely will be less effective. Once ready, she will peel away at that corner where she added more wax (for grip purposes) and then wax off the entire piece. So no wax strip involved, you can just directly peel off this wax.
WHEN TO CHOOSE STRIP OR HOT WAX
Why do two such different types of wax exist? Is one better for certain areas? Well, yes, typically strip wax is used for larger areas as it is much quicker to apply and remove for back chest legs and arms arms, It’s better for thicker or less sensitive skin as it grips strongly to both the hair and skin. When used on sensitive skin, it can lead to bruising, tearing and ingrown hairs.
Hot wax is suitable for waxing sensitive areas or thicker hair. Which is why it’s often the wax of choice for Bikini/Hollywood/Brazilian waxes, underarm wax and sometimes facial waxing too. As the wax is left on the skin for up to a minute, the heat opens the pores and hair follicles allowing the hair to wax out much more easily.
Why is Hot Wax More Expensive?
Some salons menus may offer most treatments in either strip or hot wax, with differing prices. i do not, i would never use strip on an intimate area. The hot wax is always more expensiv but also because it requires more skill.
TO RECAP: PROS AND CONS OF STRIP VS. HOT WAX
- Quick to apply and wax off
- Perfect for large areas like legs or back
- Ideal for thicker/less sensitive skin
- More commonly found in salons and home use
- Requires less technique so most therapists can use it well
- Isn’t as suitable in sensitive area – can even cause bruising and more ingrown hairs
- Doesn’t grip as tightly to hair so not ideal for thicker hair, such as a Hollywood wax.
- The warmth of the wax opens the pores while waiting to harden, this in theory, should make the treatment less painful
- Fewer ingrown hairs, less breakage and therefore longer re-growth periods.
- The wax promotes skin hydration
- A stronger grip on the hairs so highly effective on thicker, stronger hairs e.g. Hollywood.
- Perfect for short, stubborn hairs as small as 1mm
- Lessens the chance of skin reddening.
- Requires more training and technique – only choose highly trained technicians especially for intimate areas.
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