What is hot wax?

You may be familiar with Hot Waxing as its become a staple form of hair removal in the industry, but do you really know the differences between Hot and Strip Wax (also known as Warm Wax) and the benefits of both?

Hot waxing has been around long before I trained in beauty, but at the time lost its appeal within the industry due to the amount of time it would take to do the treatment and with strip waxing being far quicker, and generally cheaper, it seemed a no brainer to clients what one they would choose!

However, Hot Wax started to ween its way back into salons with many companies perfecting the consistency of the wax and also the technique meaning it would take the same time as Strip Waxing but with less pain. Result!

So what actually is Hot Wax?

Firstly, it isn’t actually “HOT” in the sense it doesn’t have a huge change in temperature to the Strip Wax so don’t be put off by this!

The main facts and benefits of Hot Wax:

  • The wax actually shrink wraps itself to the hair & not the skin – meaning less discomfort during the treatment as strip wax adheres to the skin causing slight more discomfort to the area
  • Causes less irritation and little or no redness
  • Leaves no sticky residue
  • Suitable for all types of skin & hair
  • Removes hair as short as 1mm
  • Ideal for people with very sensitive skin
  • Has a low melting temperature – great for intimate areas!

At HI Therapies we use Harley Aloe Hot Wax which uses only the finest ingredients and essential oils. Hot wax can be used for all intimate waxing, facial waxing and underarms. The skin is first protected by either talc or oil which acts as a barrier between the skin and the wax. Wax is then applied over the hair in a way to pick up and shrink wrap without adhering to the skin, it will then set and the therapist will pull from a free edge ensuring painless quick hair removal.

Strip wax (or Warm Wax) is a core product in the industry due to its effective and quick removal. Although Strip Waxing can cause a little bit more discomfort than Hot Waxing some clients don’t often notice the difference and can prefer the results of strip waxing due to it adhering to the skin meaning every little hair is removed, even the soft fluffy ones. This is great for eyebrow waxing as it gives you a great smooth clean finish picking up every hair in the area. We use a lovely naturally healing and soothing Tea Tree Creme Wax for our Strip Waxing which contains antiseptic tea tree. The therapist applies the wax onto the area and uses a strip to take the wax off, this method is fast and effective.

Hopefully this blog helps you understand the differences, but if you are still unsure just give us a call and we are more than happy to discuss methods with you and give you more guidance on the best choice for you.