When you think of waxing off unwanted body hair, you probably picture a steaming vat of wax in a salon, but waxing can also be done with cold or room temperature wax.
“Cold waxing” typically involves wax applied to strips that do not need to be heated up, though you will likely need to rub the strip between your palms to warm it up. The strips are cut to fit various parts of the body like the underarms, bikini area, or shins.
Cold waxing can be done at home easily, so it works well for people who want to wax themselves, especially on areas where the hair is fine or for those who are sensitive to hot wax.
Wax is pre-applied to cold wax strips, which is convenient in that the portion is already measured, but it could be a drawback if the amount of wax on a strip is not enough for your body. In that case, you’ll just have to use more than one strip.
Hot wax is heated in a wax warmer or at home in the microwave, typically to around 130°F (54°C). It’s applied evenly in a thin layer over the area of the body where you want to remove hair.
If the hot wax is what’s known as a soft wax, the technician will put a strip down over the wax; if it’s hard wax, it will harden in place without a strip needed.
- No burns: One benefit of cold wax over hot wax is that you do not run the risk of severe burns, which can happen with hot wax. Cold wax is applied at lukewarm or room temperature.
- More user-friendly: Cold wax strips are also easier for beginners to use because the strips are pre-cut and shaped to fit. Just make sure the hair is between ¼ to ¾ inches long for optimal results.
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