No one wants to see a hirsute bride, with unruly eyebrows or unshaven hands. If you are looking for a painless and efficient a way to get rid of them, you have come to the right place for advice. Body waxing is a quick, easy and affordable way to remove those unwanted hair. But with all the different types of wax available, knowing which body wax to choose for your skin type or body part can be confusing. To make things easier for you, we have put together a list of the different types of body wax available, the needs they fulfil, and their respective pros and cons.
1. Soft wax
Also known as strip wax, soft wax is used by spreading a thin layer of the warm body wax on top of the skin. 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 wax gets to the tiny, fine hair strands that you can’t see, leaving you with smooth skin.
• Pro: Typically used for larger areas of the body
• Con: Should only be used once in a session on a particular area, as it will start pulling the skin cells, which can cause bleeding and damage.
2. Hard wax:
Hard body wax is also known as ‘stripless’ wax. It is applied warm, directly onto the skin. It is given time to cool and harden, and is then pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
• Pro: Can be used for sensitive areas
• Con: Takes more time; if not applied properly ingrowth can happen
3. Fruit wax
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 are good for the skin.
• Pro: Nourishes the skin; gentle on the skin
• Con: Costlier as compared to other wax
4. 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 glycerin and oils like soy bean and almond, and is anti-inflammatory, which makes it the ideal choice for skin that is prone to redness.
• Pro: Nourishes the skin
• Con: Costly as compared to other types of wax
5. Sugar wax
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. Like hard body, 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.
• Pro: Does not stick to the skin, thus can be applied multiple times; can be used on any body part
• Con: The hair should be at least a quarter of an inch long for the gel to stick to the hair for removal
6. Pre Made Strips: The strips have the wax already attached. And depending on how much hair you’re removing; a strip can often be used more than once per area. It’s always recommended that wax strips be ‘heated’ up a bit by rubbing them between your palms which allows them to stick more to the hair. And because it’s not swiped on the skin, the strip is simply placed on and smoothed over in the direction of hair growth.
• Pro: Easy to use
• Con: Might not be as effective in removing hair as compared to other types of wax