Face & Body Waxing
With so many new options available, picking the right type of wax for hair removal can be a challenge. Here's a quick guide to help you out.
If you're looking to get rid of unwanted, extra body hair, waxing is a quick, easy and affordable way. But with the many different types of wax available, knowing which body wax to choose for which part can be confusing. On top of that, if you are a first timer with waxing, hearing the salon lingo at your first appointment can be overwhelming. We've broken down the different types of body wax based on your exact needs, so you can avoid that awkward conversation at the salon and leave with baby-smooth skin.
Face & Body Waxing
Soft wax, also known as strip waxing, is used by spreading a thin layer of the warm body wax on top of the skin. This is typically used on larger areas of the body, like your arms and legs. It is applied directly onto the skin by using either a wooden stick or a roller. Then a strip of cloth is put over it and pulled off, removing hair. Soft types of wax get to the tiny, fine hair strands that you can't see, leaving you with smooth skin. But this body wax should only be used once in a session on a particular area (never multiple times), as it will start pulling the skin cells, which can cause bleeding and damage.
Hard body wax is typically used for smaller, more sensitive areas including the upper lip, underarms and bikini area. This type of body wax is applied warm, directly onto the skin. It is given time to cool and then harden, and is then pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. A benefit of hard types of wax is that they only bind to the hair, never the skin. The process tends to be less painful than soft body wax and can be applied multiple times, with no damage to the skin
Fruit body wax works just like hard body wax and is recommended for sensitive skin. It comes loaded with fruit extracts like berries and plum, which means these types of wax are antioxidant-rich and contain vitamins that nourish the skin. Plus, they're a lot gentler on the skin than basic soft body wax, and hence, can also be costlier. However, using this won't leave any marks, and they double as skincare as well, which is a plus.
Fruit Chocolate wax
Chocolate wax is another popular option available at most salons. It capitalises on the skin benefits of chocolate as an ingredient, which is antioxidant-rich and less painful to use as opposed to other body wax variants. Chocolate body wax also contains glycerine and oils like soybean and almond, and is anti-inflammatory, which makes it the ideal choice for skin that is prone to redness. Again, this wax usually costs more as opposed to other types of wax but has skincare benefits as well.
Sugar wax is typically made from sugar, lemon and hot water and has been around for centuries. Sugar pulls the root of the hair out of the skin, much like soft and hard body wax, however it's made with natural ingredients, which is ideal for people with sensitive skin. Similar to hard body wax, sugar wax doesn't stick to the skin, only the hair, so it can be applied and removed multiple times without causing any skin issues. It can also be used on any part of the body and is a more natural substitute to other types of wax. The hair should be at least a quarter of an inch long for the gel to stick to the hair for removal, so remember that before heading to the salon or trying it yourself at home.
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