Soft Wax or Hard Wax? - Great Wax Club

Soft Wax or Hard Wax?

Freshly waxed leg of an African American woman

When it comes to waxing, you’ll often hear the terms soft wax and hard wax thrown around but what exactly do these terms mean? Which one hurts less, and which type of wax should you be using for your particular skin and hair type? 

To answer these burning questions, read this quick guide on the pros and cons of soft wax vs hard wax so you can head into your next appointment well informed! This guide will give you all the information you need to choose the right type of wax for your hair removal needs!

The Battle of the Waxes: Soft Wax vs. Hard Wax

There are two types of waxes commonly used in salons – hard wax and soft wax. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to determine which one will work best for your unique needs and preferences.

The Lowdown on Soft Wax

Soft wax is typically a paraffin-based product which can be applied at room temperature. This type of wax has been said to be best for sensitive skin and hair that are easily irritated by heat or chemicals – however this is not always the case. 

Downsides of Soft Wax

Soft wax sticks to both your hairs (great) and also the top layer of your skin (ouch). This means that when the wax come off, so does your lovely skin. 

The other downside to this type of wax is that it might not be as strong as hard wax, so you may have to apply more layers in order to remove all the hair. Soft wax often leaves some remaining hairs after the first try, and since the top layer of skin is already removed – going back in for another try can be necessary but will also leave your skin red and raw.

All of this and more means the process of waxing with soft wax more painful than waxing with hard wax. 

Introducing – Hard Wax. 

The deal with hard wax is that is sticks only to your hair, meaning you can wax and re-wax the same areas over and over again, without damaging or irritating the skin. This fact alone actually makes hard wax the better option for sensitive skin as there will be less irritation overall. If you have particularly irritable skin check out some of these products.

In addition, if you have short and thick or particularly stubborn hairs, hard wax is the perfect match for the job to ensure if removes everything from the root in the first try. If you are looking for a more professional approach, hard wax may be the way to go since it holds up better in high humidity climates than soft wax does.

Especially when it comes to sensitive areas such as a Brazilian or Bikini wax – hard wax is truly the best option to avoid damaged skin and irritation from multiple waxing attempts.


Happy African American women smiling about her freshly waxed armpit.

The Verdict 

At the end of the day, it is up to you which type of wax you prefer to use. However, hard wax is recommended for sensitive skin type. This is because despite contrary belief that soft wax is better, the fact is requiring multiple attempts leaves your skin in far worse condition than one try with hard wax. 

By choosing hard wax, you can ensure a more efficient waxing process that is less painful overall – cue sigh of relief. 

At Great Wax Club, we use our exclusive hard wax. It is perfect for all skin types, hypoallergenic, and rosin-free. 

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