Skip to main content

Speed Waxing 101

Speed Waxing 101

Do you have the need for speed? Well, you're in the right place because we at Starpil Wax love to talk about all-things speed waxing. To some, speed waxing is a technique, for others, it's efficient waxing done in optimal timing—in other words, a way of life. In Speed Waxing 101, we'll focus on the latter and give you tips on how to make the right moves from before your client even enters the wax salon to when they walk out the door. Even if you're using hard wax vs. soft wax, or the best wax products on the market, knowing the following things can make or break speed waxing for you and your clients. How you prep your station, stand, and work those hard wax beads or even the best soft wax can be the ultimate secrets behind getting your clients in and out with stellar results. So, let's get started because class is in session.


What is speed waxing?

Speed waxing is widely considered a technique involving the application of soft wax to large areas of the body at once, then using a single removal strip to go to town on a flawless leg waxing, chest or back wax. Some esthies consider it to be an ineffective method and think it can limit hair's ability to be lifted from the root. Though they might believe that slow and steady wins the race, many people have been experiencing great results through speed waxing.


Another perspective is that speed waxing is just a series of choices and movements that support a speedier service overall. From how you set up your station, stand, and prep your client to the wax that you use and cleanliness, speed waxing is just a professional wax artist in a good flow of one cohesive wax ballet, and it can be so pretty. This is the version of speed waxing that we'll predominately be focusing on in this article.


Three important things to know about speed waxing:

Some of the best speed waxers can perform a perfect leg wax in under ten minutes (a half-leg in under five minutes). The faster you can complete involved services like a full-body wax in your wax salon, the sooner you can take the next client for another round of speedy hair removal.


Also Read: The Complete Guide to Leg Waxing


For many clients, speed waxing checks one more errand off their list and gets them on their way in less time. Speed waxing can be a win-win for both clients and professionals, but only if it's done right and with the best wax products and techniques for speed waxing.

Read more on How to Deal with Challenging Clients


  1. Speed waxing with hard wax vs. soft wax

In the debate of hard wax vs. soft wax for speed waxing, you can be assured that both wax types can be great for speed waxing as long as they are high-quality wax. While soft wax has long been a preferred speed waxing wax, hard wax beads have come a long way with increased pliability and spreadability for working over larger areas. Using inferior wax products can slow you down because they can be filled with lower quality ingredients or less of what makes wax stick together without cracking or tearing when being spread and lifted. And while we’re at it, whether you’re going for speed on larger areas or quality on an eyebrow waxing, you should always use the high-quality products like Starpil Wax blue hard wax in your hard-wax kit or the best soft wax.


  1. You've got to know skin and hair types like the back of your hand.

Use the right wax for every situation. If you have a client with dry or sensitive skin vs. oily or acne-prone skin, use the right wax types to meet those needs. From blue hard wax to Pink Film, and the Roll-On Wax, Starpil always has a variety of wax types on-hand so that your clients are taken care of. The best way to do that is to have larger quantities of what you use most whether it’s hard wax vs. soft wax in a larger professional wax warmer, and vice versa in a smaller wax pot. You can also have a few single Roll-On Wax cartridges on-hand just in case.

Read more about which hard wax is best for different skin types. 


  1. Set yourself up for speed

How you set up your hard-wax kit or soft wax station is important for speed waxing. You'll need to have everything ready to go for the particular service before you begin. If you're running around looking for your eyebrow waxing spatulas or after wax care, you've already missed out on a speedy (and organized) opportunity. This also means having the correct wax type for your client's skin, hair, and service type melted and checked before your client arrives as well as best waxing spatulas for each service type ready to go. Place your wax trolley to the immediate side of your dominant hand for quick access to your wax products.


Learn how to use the right hard wax at its perfect temp in How to Use Hard Wax to Increase Sales


The Starpil Wax stance on speed waxing:

If you're right-handed, stand so that the client is lying on the waxing table with their head toward your left hand. If you're left-handed, stand on the other side with their head closer to your right hand. Set your waxing table at about waist height so that you're not bending as much. If you do need to get low, do so at your knees in a plié-type movement.


Stand at the side of the client to keep the shoulders relaxed. Standing at the client's side as opposed to at their feet can make waxing fast and less painful for the client. This is because it's easier to peel the wax strip off parallel to the surface of their skin and not up and out, causing pain and breakage.


Speed Waxing Skin Prep:

Even if you're working with a long-time client, you don't know what might have changed for them since you last saw them. Always ask your clients if there is anything that you should know about (sprained ankle or recently healed bruise, mosquito bites, etc.) As you are prepping their skin, use that moment to really feel and look at their skin to plan ahead. You can see which direction the hair is growing and feel for anything worthy of note. You don't want to be speeding along over an injury or weird cowlick. Even if you're going fast, take the time to notice the little things while you're prepping.


Keeping it clean:

Do everything that you can to keep things as clean as possible. If you're using soft wax, fold the edge of the removal strip inward as a lip to pull from as not to accidentally touch residual wax. Always keep wax oil nearby so that you can remove wax from your gloved hands. You want to prevent wax from getting on you at all costs so that there is no added stickiness. Always work from the direction of the hair growth. Your hands should always be resting toward the tips of hair and not on the other side of the follicles.


Moving the client:

Another thing that people might do to slow themselves down is to move around the client to get to all the nooks and crannies instead of moving the client around for access to wax them. 


  • For legs, roll their leg to and from you to get to the sides
  • For side knees, have them sit half crisscross apple sauce with their heel facing their groin area


Wax application:

Applying wax for speed can mean a few things depending on whether you use blue hard wax or the best soft wax. If you're using something like pink soft wax or a translucent hard wax formula like Starsoft Hard Wax, try to keep the application thin enough to see the direction of hair growth beneath the wax. A thinner wax application can limit messiness or clumpiness.


With Starpil Wax soft wax, there is no setting time, so you can spread the wax over a large area and use a limited number of wax removal strips to remove all of the hair. With hard wax, you can move faster by working in smaller areas than soft wax as long as you know how to get a good lip.


How to make a hard-wax strip for speed waxing (or any waxing)

A lip is the free-edge area that you lift and pull from to remove the hard-wax strip. How even you create your stripless hard wax lip is key to a quick and even pull. Your hard-wax strips should look like a relatively opaque, smooth-lined, elongated U-shape. The bottom of your "U" is the lip, and if it looks like a jagged coastline, it’s not correct and you risk tearing up your strip for uneven hair removal. Make sure that everything is even and smooth so that you don't have to go back and do damage control.


Keep your waxing spatula at a 45° angle and press it firmly (yet gently) as you glide against the skin to get the wax to spread in an even veil. Once the wax is applied, don't move the body part in question in any way that gets wax onto the waxing table. If you see missed hairs, go back in as small as possible with your wax or feel free to use tweezers.


Speed Waxing Review

There may be a lot of steps involved in a successful speed wax, but after enough time, you can master each move to get into the speed waxing flow. What are some other tips and tricks you can think of to make your waxing services go by faster without limiting quality? What has been your experience with speed waxing and how successful at it when you first started out compared to now? What would you tell your past self? Let us know in the comments and if you felt that our little Speed Waxing 101 was helpful, please share!