One of the most popular hair removal products is wax. Waxing can result in semi-permanent hair removal and can be done at home with a waxing kit or at a spa or salon for some extra pampering. There are two types of effective waxes, hard wax and soft wax.

Wax is specially made to adhere to the hair as close as possible to the skin. When removed the wax pulls the hair and if done correctly, removes the hair bulb too. If the wax is not applied to the skin properly or at a too high or low temperature then the hair may not be removed and there may be discomfort to the person undergoing the treatment. Understading why and how the waxing hair removal method can aid in successfully waxing at home or on others.

Before administering the wax the hair and skin area should be looked over making sure there are not any potential complications. The hair should be long enough for the wax to adhere to it, which is generally about 1/4 of an inch long. Do a small test patch on the inside arm to make sure that the wax is at the right temperature.

The difference between hard wax and soft wax (aside from the texture ) is that hard wax does not need a strip to remove the wax with, while soft wax does need a fabric strip to pull off the hair. Hard waxes are applied to the skin in a thick layer that will harden as it cools. The hard wax can be lifted off the skin with fingers after cooling and the hair will come right off with it. Soft waxes have a lower melting point than hard waxes and are applied in a much thinner strip, and then covered with a fabric strip such as muslin, which is pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth. When pulled quickly, the hair is removed at its base or follicle and the result is smooth, hairless skin for several weeks.

Waxing hair removal method will require a heater to liquefy the wax before use. At-home waxing kits are available online or in many beauty supply stores. Some waxes have added ingredients in them to help soothe the skin during the waxing process. Chamomile and tea tree oil are some examples of additives. Some waxes are water-soluble meaning that they can be wiped away with others, while others are oil-soluble and can only be removed with an oil based solution. Ideally, the waxing procedure would be done in a clean environment with paper beneath the waxing area. Both hard and soft wax can be very difficult to remove if a mess is made, so be very careful during the treatment.