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Working temperature of warm wax

43 degrees celcius


Main ingredients - warm wax

Mixtures containing rosin (pine resin), glucose syrup, zinc oxide (cream wax) and colour / fragrance


Application & removal - warm wax

Applied in a thin layer in the direction of hair growth using a spatula & removed against the hair growth using a paper / muslin strip.


Area suitability - warm wax

All areas / genders. Removes hairs as short as 0.25cm but the optimum hair length for waxing is the same as a grain of rice.


Advantages - warm wax

Versatile - all areas can be treated.
Can be applied twice if no skin reaction


Disadvantages - warm wax

Sticks to both skin & hair
Leaves a sticky residue


Working temperature - hot wax

50 degrees celcius


Main ingredients - hot wax

A blend of waxes & resins - up to 60% beeswax with soothing ingredients and plasticisers for flexibility,


Application & removal - hot wax

A spatula is used to pick up a 'ball' of hot wax. The ball is applied to the area in a figure - 8 motion to form a strip shape. The wax cools around the hair, shrink-wrapping it. The edge of the strip is 'flicked' up & the strip is removed as one against the hair growth.


Area suitability - hot wax

Areas of coarse hair growth & sensitive skin (under arm / bikini / facial areas)


Advantages - hot wax

Effectively grips short, strong hairs
No sticky residue
Grips the hair but doesn't stick to the skin.
New generation waxes are excellent for sensitive skin as they are flexible and have a much lower working temperature to traditional hot wax (usually 30-40 degrees celcius).


Disadvantages - hot wax

Slow & time consuming to use
Can be messy until skill is developed.
Expensive to use as the used wax must be disposed of after one use.
Traditional hot waxes (50oC) cannot be re-applied due to the high working temperature.