Hard Wax: A Closer Look at The Hot New Salon Trend

You’ve overheard it at salons, read it online, and the term seems to be catching on everywhere..but what exactly is hard waxing? Is it better, or any different from regular soft waxing? When should you choose it?


Well, read on to know all you need to on the new waxing trend that’s been doing the rounds lately!


What is Hard Wax (or Hot Wax)?


Hard Wax, also known as hot wax, is a substance used for hair removal that is an alternative to soft waxing (also known as strip waxing). It is also sometimes called stripless wax, since it doesn’t need any cloth strips for its removal.


While it’s been around in use in salons for a while now, it has recently come into the spotlight, thanks to new hard wax brands promoting their products and the procedure online.


This type of wax comes in the form of circular pellets, also known as hot wax beans, which have to be heated before application to make it spreadable, and is applied thickly over the skin, much thicker than soft wax.


The wax then hardens within minutes as it cools, gripping the hair follicles in the process.  This hardened wax is then easily removed by the aesthetician without needing any cloth or paper for it.


One cool thing about hard wax is that as it cools, it also shrinks in size, literally acting like a shrink wrap around your hair. This makes sure that even the shorter or finer hair come into its grip and can be removed easily.


What are hot wax beans made of?


You might’ve seen photos of colourful, button-like hard wax pellets on the beauty pages of instagram – they’re so eye-catching, after all ! These are known as hot wax beans, and come in a variety of colours and fragrances.


Chiefly made up of Rosin, which is a distilled form of resin found in pine trees, it is a natural substance and is solid at room temperature. This is why hard wax has to be heated before application, to make it viscous and spreadable.


Many brands also add soothing ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera into their formulation to make it gentle on your skin.


How is hard wax applied?


Now that we have given you an idea of what hard wax is, let us give you a glimpse of how a hard wax procedure happens in a salon:


Step 1:  Pre epilation oil/powder is applied over the skin. This makes sure the skin is free of sweat/dust and prepped for waxing.

Step 2:  The hot wax beans are warmed to the desired consistency in the wax heating machine. This liquifies the beans, making them viscous and spreadable over the skin.

Step 3: The aesthetician then thickly spread the wax with a spatula over the area, in the direction of your hair. Unlike soft wax, the hard wax is applied as a thick layer, so it doesn’t harden and break as it cools!

Step 4: The wax is allowed to dry and harden over the skin (shouldn’t taken more than a minute or so)

Step 5: Once the wax is firm to the touch, the aesthetician then grips a corner end of the wax, and pulls the wax in the opposite direction to your hair.

Step 6: A post-epilation oil is applied to soothe the skin, and remove any wax residue that might’ve been left behind.


What makes it different from soft wax?


While there are many points that make it different from soft (strip) wax, if we had to tell you the biggest difference between the two, it is that while soft wax needs a piece of cloth or paper to be placed over it before it is stripped off the skin, hard wax doesn’t need that – it hardens over the skin and can be removed by hand, without needing any other material.


But aside from this quality, hard wax has a lot of other characteristics that makes it different. Glimpse this easy to refer table below to see what makes these techniques different, at a glance!


Soft Wax

Hard Wax

Needs a piece of cloth/paper over it for removal

Dries and hardens, removable without cloth

Can be applied at room temperature

Must be heated before application

Key ingredients include Sugar (For Sugar wax), Paraffin (for ready-to-use cold strip wax)

Key ingredient includes Rosin (Treated Resin distilled from Pine Trees)

Thin/ liquidy in consistency

Solid at room temperature. Thick, viscous in consistency after heating

Adheres to the skin surface, removing more dead skin during procedure

Adheres more to hair follicles than the skin surface, exfoliation is lesser than that with soft wax

Can be applied over large areas at a time due to thin, liquid consistency

Can be applied to smaller areas at a time, as it might dry and break in the process if applied over large areas

Ideal for larger, less sensitive areas like thighs, legs

Ideal for sensitive areas – eg. bikini line, facial hair, underarms


Benefits of Hard Wax


Hard wax has its share of benefits in comparison to soft (strip) waxing, which makes it an ideal choice for many situations where soft wax may not necessarily work. Read on to find out more:


No messy strips:


No strips, no mess! Since hard wax is removed by hand without needing cloth/paper strips, it saves a lot of mess and wastage of material.


Grips shorter/coarser hair better:


Since it grips the hair follicles more than the skin surface, it removes shorter hair more effectively.


Ideal for sensitive areas:


When compared to soft wax, hard waxing is less painful and better at removing hair in one go, making it ideal for waxing sensitive areas like the face, underarms and the bikini line. So ladies with sensitive skin, this is the way to go!


Leaves no sticky residue:


As it hardens and dries up over the skin, hard wax doesn’t leave any sticky residue over the skin after removal.




It is always good to know all options available when it comes to personal care routines such as waxing, to find what works best for you, and we hope we helped clear your doubts/questions you might’ve had about hard waxing! In case you have any more questions, do feel free to comment below or ask in our salon, and we will be happy to answer them for you!


Also if you want to try the hot wax, you can do so in our salon – all our current customers love it 🙂