How to Use Hard Wax Like a Pro

How to Use Hard Wax Like a Pro

28 Oct, 20

How to Use Hard Wax Like a Pro

Using stripless film hard wax is one of the most popular waxing mediums among estheticians. It works its magic by only attaching itself to the hair follicle but not the skin for a relatively pain-free waxing sesh that prolongs hair re-growth. Another benefit of using hard wax is that you don't need a strip, so it's less overhead and can be easier to use than other wax types. 

So today, we’re going beyond giving you tips for using hard wax, by showing you how to use Starpil Wax in ways that keep you expanding your craft, enhancing the client experience, and increasing sales. We’ll discuss your goals, client education, the best temperature for hard wax, getting those bulbs right, strip creation, and hard wax application and removal that keeps clients happy! So read on to learn more about how to use hard wax like a pro.



As a professional, you know that your goals to offer even, long-lasting hair removal take a lot more than just wax. Your goals might also include thriving financially and energetically through serving others via outstanding hair removal sessions and skincare. To achieve this, clients have to help you help them to keep skin clear and bump-free in between appointments (which can be more challenging than following hard wax instructions at times). Getting there requires in-depth client education and ensuring that your clients have the best products to take home for after-wax care. They need to keep their appointments regular and that requires them wanting to come in to see you. 


All of this equates to getting hard wax right through using the right wax for each client’s skin type and need. Even if you were to purchase another wax brand, we would tell you that having multiple hard wax formulas on-hand can help you reach your goals in the following ways.

  • Expands your product knowledge.
  • Continually cultivates new hard wax techniques
  • Tailors services to clients’ specific needs.
  • Increases your talking points to position you as a wax authority, increase sales, and rebookings.
  • Enhances the client experience.
  • Keeps things interesting and challenging. 

Always be sampling new wax formulas on clients so that you can say things like: 

  • “I’m trying out this new wax and had you in mind when I got it because of the issues you were having with ingrown hair.” 
  • “I’ve been reading all about how calendula reduces redness and has antibacterial properties, so I just had to get it to see if we can get rid of your acne after waxing. We can also try XYZ.” 

Always keep things fresh, new, and interesting for your clients, yourself, and business.



A polymer hard wax is made up of large molecules of plastics and resins. Using a polymer blend for waxing is optimal because it pulls hair from the root minimizing contact with the skin for less irritation, breakage, and more accuracy. The Starpil Film Hard Wax Collections use the perfect number of polymers for extra flexibility and malleability that makes this wax free from cracking or breaking when removed, which is helpful for covering larger areas.  


READ: How to Calculate ROI for Your Waxing Business 



If you're looking for how to use Starpil Wax perfectly, it’s best to know as much as you can about as many hard wax formulas so you can decide which is best to reach your service goals. Here, we’ll dive deeper into each of our film hard wax formulas and give the best hard wax temperature, and hard wax consistency to get to where you need to be. 


  • To get to the best Starpil Wax temperature, start at 90°C for the initial meltdown.  
  • All of our hard waxes have low-temperature applications to inhibit burning, but wait 10 minutes to test your hard wax's temperature before application.  
  • Remember the external factors that come into play like the temperature of your room, power in your outlet, and your client’s body temperature.  
  • If your waxing room is usually kept at colder temperatures and you often leave your wax warmers uncapped, slightly adjust the temperature to a higher setting.  
  • if your working space is typically on the warmer side, lower the temperature of your wax pot accordingly.  
  • You will know your hard wax is perfect when it gets to the perfect hard wax consistency as mentioned below. 



Here are a complete list and breakdown of each Starpil Film Hard Wax formula. 

Blue Film Hard Wax

Blue Film Hard Wax is Starpil's best-selling and most flexible hard wax. It comes in polymer wax beads and tablet form. 


  • Application Temperature: 70˚C - 75˚C
  • Formula: Crystalline
  • Consistency: Melt to a Manuka honey hard wax consistency
  • Hair: Best for medium to coarse hair types
  • Skin: Great on sensitive to normal skin
  • Service: Perfect for facial and large area body waxing 
  • Benefit: Cools quickly for fast removal 


Pink Film Hard Wax

This creamy formula has excellent flexibility for enveloping even the tiniest hairs on sensitive skin and areas like the underarms, face, and bikini line.  


  • Application Temperature: 65˚C - 70˚C
  • Formula: Creamy 
  • Consistency: Melt to a warm taffy consistency
  • Hair: Grabs micro-tiny, and fine hairs 
  • Skin: A go-to for sensitive skin
  • Service: Pink Film Hard Wax is the best hard wax for facial, underarms, and intimate body waxing. 
  • Benefit: Has a mild scent and effortless removal


Black Film Hard Wax 

This revolutionary formula is like a hybrid of our Blue Film Hard Wax and Pink Film Hard Wax. It is the best black wax because it's incredibly user-friendly and perfect on all skin and hair types. 


  • Application Temperature: 70˚C
  • Formula: Creamy Crystalline
  • Consistency: Melt to a warmed taffy
  • Hair: Perfect for all hair types 
  • Skin: Favors all skin types and sensitive and mature skin
  • Service: Ideal for facial, extensive, full-body waxing, and all intimate body waxing
  • Benefit: An incredible, well-rounded wax formula


Starsoft Film Hard Wax

When you have this wax formula churning in your professional wax warmers, you'll always be prepared for clients with hypersensitive skin—and refined taste. Starsoft Hard Wax is hypoallergenic and a fabulously clean wax. 


  • Application Temperature: 60˚C
  • Formula: Crystalline
  • Consistency: Melt to a Manuka honey consistency 
  • Hair: Perfect for all hair types 
  • Skin: Favors all skin types, hypersensitive sensitive and mature skin
  • Service: Ideal for facial, extensive, full-body waxing, and all intimate body waxing
  • Benefit: Formulated without pine rosin, perfumes, coloring agents, or preservatives,


Coral Film Hard Wax 

This formula is like a hybrid of sugaring and hard wax. It's a fast-drying blend with Mediterranean coral calcium powder, so it's the best hard wax to boost the skin's luminosity and recovery post-hair removal.  


  • Application Temperature: 65˚C
  • Formula: Crystalline
  • Consistency: Melt to a Manuka honey consistency 
  • Hair: Perfect for all hair types 
  • Skin: Favors all skin types, hypersensitive sensitive and mature skin
  • Service: Ideal for facial, extensive, full-body waxing, and all intimate body waxing
  • Benefit: Improves skin tone and great for the "Swing Method"


Calendula Film Hard Wax (Coming Soon!)

Starpil Calendula Film Hard Wax is a creamy hard wax containing a sanitizing blend of calendula and tea tree oil.  


  • Application Temperature: 65˚C
  • Formula: Creamy
  • Consistency:  Melt to a warmed taffy
  • Hair: Perfect for all hair types 
  • Skin: Favors all skin types, hypersensitive sensitive. Oily and acne-prone skin
  • Service: Ideal for facial, extensive, full-body waxing, and all intimate body waxing
  • Benefit: Has antibacterial properties


READ: How Starpil Can Help Kickstart Your Waxing Business



Here, we’ll give you the best tips for using hard wax from the best hard wax application and strip creation to getting the right pull. 


Hard Wax Application

So what is the secret to success? The hard wax application!  

The most effective hard wax techniques start by using your spatula to pick up a small to a medium amount of wax, depending on the area you are working on. Twirl your spatula and ensure that your wax isn’t too thick, or too runny. You should be able to twirl the bulb with no drip for at least 2-3 seconds after it’s picked up. 

Your bulbs should move slowly off your spatula like thick, butter honey, or molasses. If your warmer is too hot, reduce the temperature and hold up your bulbs while twisting until the wax cools to the optimal consistency. This process can take up service time, so be sure that your bulbs are on point before your client arrives.


Placing the Bulb

After putting on gloves and testing the temperature, place the bulb of wax on the highest point of the area you will be waxing. It is vital to ensure the wax is placed in the direction of hair growth. Twirl the wax right off at the top. 

Place your spatula right above the wax and glide down with even pressure throughout. 


Keys to a Successful Strip

The key to creating a successful hard wax strip is in how to use wax so that it doesn't break or crack on any given area. It also means not using too much wax on an area so that it doesn't add to your cleanup time, cause an excess mess, or wax waste. Here are some other great tips to remember.


Apply hard wax thinner on the face and thicker on larger areas like on body waxing.


To create thinner strips, dip your spatula in at the edges of your wax well on your wax warmer. The wax picked up from this area rests at a slightly higher temperature. When building thicker strips, draw from the middle of your wax warmer, where wax rests at a slightly lower temperature. 


To make your strip, twirl your spatula so that your bulb is on one side of the applicator, keep slowly turning even at skin impact, and lay the bulb onto the skin in the area "in front" of the direction of the hair growth. 


When the entire bulb has accumulated onto the skin, you can start spreading the bulb in the direction of hair growth. Don't be afraid to go back to your starting point to push more wax over to even out your strip. 


Mold the stopping point of your strip into a rounded-edge to create your lip and "butter-knife" your way back to your starting point via the base of your freshly made strip. Make sure that your edges are smooth. If you're not happy with an edge, apply more wax to even out the line. 


READ: Waxing 101: What’s the Difference Between Soft Wax and Hard Wax?



To remove your strip, don't pull up or outward to avoid pulling the skin up away from the body. Pull in the opposite direction of the hair growth in a way that leaves the skin as unmoved as possible. You need to keep the skin anchored, so it doesn't "go with the hair" you're trying to pull out and cause unnecessary pain to your client. 


If you need to apply a cleanup strip, make the same motions as above but apply it in the opposite direction. You will be removing your cleanup strip in the direction of hair growth. 

Keep an eye on what the skin is doing at all times. If the client gets too hot, creates excess sweat or oil, or their skin is overly irritated, address it right away. 



Your wax application is your set up for the removal. Laying an even wax strip in terms of thickness, pressure, and creating a lip, will dictate how your removal will go. 

Flick up/pinch the lip between your pointer finger and thumb. Holding the skin taut with your free hand, remove the wax strip quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Apply pressure immediately on your client’s skin with your free hand to relieve any discomfort they may feel upon removal. 

Starpil Wax carries a vast product line of premium hard wax. Our waxes come in unique varieties with different properties. Using the wax that best suits your client’s skin and hair type will ensure a flawless experience. Use these hard wax tips when servicing your clients and become a hard wax queen!



As above, so below, as with pre-wax, as with post. Cultivate your post-hard-wax treatment service as discussed in your prep step. Hopefully, you are tailoring your conversations with your clients around their skincare habits, post-wax education, and their lifestyle to ascertain the perfect post-wax prescription to give to address their concerns and needs. Share with them everything you would share with your best friend after they get waxed based on everything you know about them and their skin and waxing needs.



Whether you're using Pink Film Hard Wax, you know how to wax, or you want to learn how to use hard wax like a pro, never lose sight of your and clients’ goals and individual needs so that your services don't become token or ingenuine. Generating income during your services is a credit to the education and professionalism you bring to each service. These were just a few hard wax tips, but a lot of them can be applied toward any waxing service. 

How do you recommend your retail and other services to your clients? How do you keep services with long-time clients fresh? What techniques do you use to create a memorable hard wax experience? Let us know in the comments.



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