Waxing is a preferred method of hair removal all over the world. It also happens to be one of the most ancient methods of hair depilation. Apart from it being inexpensive, this method is also very convenient. There are a few variations in this method according to the type of wax used. There are basically two types of wax, hard and soft, that are widely used. Estheticians use these according to the area to be waxed. Both these waxes have certain advantages and drawbacks. Here is a comparison of hard wax vs. soft wax on various points.
Essentially, there is no difference between the two types when it comes to the mode of application, and both of them need to be heated prior to application. However, hard wax melts at a low temperature, while soft wax needs to be heated at a higher temperature. The desired consistency of soft wax can only be achieved when it is heated at very high temperatures. After melting any of these waxes to the desired consistency, you can simply apply them with a spatula or roller.
The basic difference between these two waxes lie in their curing technique. Hard wax hardens after it cures on your skin, while soft wax stays quite soft even some time after application. As hard wax cures firmly on your skin, no waxing strips are required to pull it off the skin. You can simply lift and pull it. Soft wax needs waxing strips which adhere to the wax layer and lift it off the skin.
Hard wax hardens around the hair and not on the skin, whereas soft wax sticks to the skin and hair alike. Thus, when you pull hard wax off your skin, only the hair is uprooted and not the skin. On the other hand, pulling soft wax with a waxing strip often results in pulling and stretching of the skin along with hair. Besides, hard wax does not require you to pull off from the direction opposite to hair growth, thereby making it less painful. Soft wax, however can work only when you pull the strips in the direction opposite to the hair growth. This process makes it a very painful job. Hard wax hair removal products do not cause rash, redness, or irritation, all of which is common with soft wax. Hard wax can be reapplied on the areas that are just waxed, whereas soft wax cannot be.
Both hard and soft wax essentially do the same job, that of pulling out hair. However, estheticians have their own preferences when it comes to removing hair from particular areas of body. Soft wax is very much easier to apply and less messy than hard wax. Hence, it is ideal for larger areas, such as arms, legs, chest, back, etc. This makes the whole job less time-consuming and much more cleaner. However, sensitive areas, like armpits or bikini line, are better waxed using hard wax, as it is much gentler on the skin. Apart from this basic difference, the effectiveness of the wax depends upon the brand you are using. Cheap brands often use inferior ingredients, which eventually produce inferior results.
In short, a hard wax kit can be your best friend while removing hair from sensitive areas. During other times, you can trust your good old soft wax and waxing strips.