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How to Use Hard Wax Like a Pro: The Complete Guide

How to Use Hard Wax Like a Pro

If you’re looking to expand your horizons as an esthetician, using hard wax for your services can be the perfect way to not only give clients amazing results, but increase your own professional knowledge.  

Hard wax is one of the most popular waxing mediums among estheticians. It works its magic by only attaching itself to the hair follicle without gripping the skin. This gives clients a relatively pain-free waxing service that keeps skin hair-free for longer.

Hard wax is popular because you don’t need a strip, so it’s less overhead and can be easier to use than other wax types.  

So what’s the deal with hard wax, and how do you use it? Today, we’re going beyond just giving you some hard wax tips by showing you how to use hard wax like a pro.

To keep you expanding your craft, enhancing the client experience, and increasing sales, we’ll start by giving you an in-depth lesson on how to create your bulbs, the best hard wax application technique, and removal practices that protect the skin. 

Then, we provide all the bells and whistles to go from waxing pro to hair removal guru!

Table of Contents

How Do You Use Hard Wax?

When using hard wax, only use the most high-quality formulas, and practice the appropriate pre-wax care for the skin before and post-wax care after waxing for best results. 

Always use the correct wax application temperature, which will be stipulated on your hard wax bag, and make sure the warmer you’re using is compatible with your wax and is working at its highest level.

Apply wax in the hair growth direction and remove it parallel to the skin against the hair growth direction.

Let’s dive deeper into each of these hard wax tips by detailing each aspect of how to use hard wax.

READ MORE: Best Hard Wax for Easy Hair Removal

How to Apply Hard Wax

When learning how to use hard wax, you need to know how to first create a wax bulb before application. 

A bulb is the accumulation of wax surrounding your spatula and is produced by twirling wax around like spaghetti on a fork. Your bulbs should be the right size for the area you’re waxing. 

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. 

Depending on which area of the body you are waxing, your bulbs will look slightly different. Check out the following video to see the ideal look of wax bulbs for common waxing services:

Do You Apply Hard Wax Against Hair Growth?

No, it is vital to apply wax in the hair growth direction. Place wax on the highest point of the area you will be waxing and spread it down in the direction of hair growth with even pressure throughout.  

READ MORE: How to Wax Step by Step

Hard Wax Application Technique

hard wax being applied to the skin

When the entire bulb has accumulated onto the skin, you can start spreading it in the hair growth direction. 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. 

How to Remove Hard Wax

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. When removing your strip, don’t pull up or outward, keep as un-moved as possible.  to avoid pulling the skin up away from the body, remove wax in the opposite direction of the hair growth, parallel to the skin. 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. 

After Your Wax Sets:

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

Other Hard Wax Tips:

  • If you need to apply a cleanup strip, make the same motions as above but use 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. 
  • If all of the hair doesn’t come out when you wax, you’ll probably need to adjust the level of pressure you use. Apply more pressure so your wax fully adheres to the hair in the application area.

Taking Hard Wax to the Next Level

Now that you’re apprised of the best hard wax application techniques, it’s time to highlight everything else you should know about how to use hard wax like a pro. 

Because a successful hard wax service is more than meets the eye, here are supporting hard wax tips that will separate a pro from a professional who is making more money and seeing more repeat business as a waxing expert!

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

Only Use High-Quality Hard Wax 

As a professional, you know that your main goal with any service is to provide even, long-lasting hair removal results. When you’re learning how to use hard wax, only use high-quality wax and the best formulas for your services and your clients’ skin and hair types

Low-quality wax can tear or crack or cause skin damage. Therefore, if you need to save on salon costs, find cutbacks elsewhere and only use the best waxing products. 

After that, be sure to tailor your wax formula to the service you’re performing, the skin/hair type you’re working on, as well as the client’s specific concerns, needs, and wants.

READ MORE: Why is My Hard Wax Cracking?

There are so many great waxing formulas out there these days - and there’s no reason not to carry a minimum of two wax formulas to meet various needs. Some of the best combinations include: 

It’s important to have staple wax formulas in your repertoire that will provide your clients with amazing results, as well as specialty formulas that will keep all of your clients’ needs covered, no matter their hair or skin types. 

For the most high-quality waxes that will keep your salon operating at its highest level, look no further than Starpil’s keystone formulas:

Blue Film Hard Wax

Made with maximum elasticity, pliability, and spreadability, Blue Film Hard Wax will be a mainstay in your salon. This rapid-cooling formula spreads over large areas without cracking, and hugs hairs at the root without gripping skin. 

Pink Film Hard Wax

This formula is notably tough on even the finest or tiniest hairs, while remaining gentle on delicate or sensitive skin. This creamy formula minimizes redness and irritation that spreads thinly and evenly for effective and quick results. 

Black Film Hard Wax

This hybrid formula takes the best aspects from crystalline and creamy waxes to create an elastic and highly spreadable formula that has a tight hug on even the most stubborn or coarsest body hair, while making sure not to grip skin in any way. 

Starsoft Hard Wax

As the only neurosensory formula on the market, our cult-favorite Starsoft gently nourishes ultra-sensitive or aged skin while effectively and cleanly removing hair. This hypoallergenic formula soothes skin and eases inflammation and irritation, while delaying hair growth and keeping skin smooth. 

Calendula Hard Wax

Specialty hard wax - Calendula by Starpil

Perfect for users with acne, irritation, and breakout-prone sensitive skin, this wax sanitizes skin and gets rid of bacteria while providing amazing hair removal results. 

It soothes and eases irritated or inflamed skin while providing a protective barrier that guards against breakouts, ingrowns, or bacteria buildup. 

Coral Wax

Specialty hard wax - Coral by Starpil

This detoxifying formula uses Mediterranean coral to reduce redness and irritation in super sensitive skin and speeds skin recovery and regeneration - all while providing amazing hair removal results.

This wax will leave sensitive skin soothed and nourished while delaying hair regrowth and reducing pain.

The Benefits of Having More Than One Wax Type:

  • Offers product knowledge
  • Expands your wax techniques
  • Allows for tailor-made services on each client 
  • Offers more talking points surrounding waxing knowledge to increase sales and future bookings
  • Improves the client experience
  • It keeps you on your toes
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How to Educate your Clients on Waxing Pre and Post-Wax Care:

Most of your clients’ adverse waxing side effects come from a lack of proper pre-and post-wax care on their part. When you fail to emphasize proper wax care, you increase your clients’ chances of breaking out, getting ingrown hairs, or even an allergic reaction. It is your responsibility to have them help you keep their skin clear and bump-free in between appointments. Your clients want to have silky-smooth skin, but it may seem like something is always in the way.

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How Do You Prepare for a Hard Wax?

  1. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine, sugar, white flour, fried foods, or saturated fats, but drink a lot of water before hair removal.
  2. Exfoliate skin with dry brushing and/or a gentle scrub
  3. Avoid over sun exposure
  4. Take an anti-inflammatory about an hour beforehand

READ: Why Using Pre & Post-Wax Products is a MUST!

Know Your Wax: Temperature, Formula, Movement, Spreadability

Before mastering how to apply hard wax, you need to be an expert on the formula you’re using. That means knowing its application temperature, consistency, and how it moves, spreads, and cools over skin and hair. 

In these hard wax application tips, we’ll give you our film hard wax stats to highlight how to approach how to apply hard wax according to its formula.

Blue Film Hard Wax

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Hard Wax Heating Tips:

  • It’s best to start at 90°C for the initial meltdown.  
  • Wait 10 minutes after lowering your warmer to the ideal temperature for each formula and test your wax before applying to skin.
  • Remember the external factors that come into play when melting down hard wax, like the temperature of your room, power in your outlet, and your client’s body temperature.  
  • You will know your hard wax is perfect when its specific consistency.

READ MORE: Underarm Waxing: The Complete Guide

Pre, Post, and At-Home Waxing Care:

During a service, be sure to use the right waxing care products and application techniques according to the client’s needs. Avoid being strictly “functional.” 

What’s a core element of pampering your skin? For example, dehydrated skin can increase hair breakage or irritation. Oily skin or excess perspiration can create an uneven waxing moment, and sensitive skin can potentially cause intense irritation or lifting

Acknowledging these things should be reflected in the wax products and techniques you choose to use and recommend. 

Cultivate your post-hard-wax treatment service as discussed in your prep step. Tailor your conversations with your clients around their skincare habits, post-wax education, and lifestyle to ascertain the perfect post-wax prescription 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.

 READ MORE: Full Body Waxing 101

Final Thoughts

When learning how to use hard wax like a pro, you’ll need to experiment and use many products and techniques before you lock down what works for you. 

From the wax you use, the education you offer, the wax care, application, and removal, hard wax is something that must be mastered if you want to take your business as far as you can.

By educating yourself as much as you can about formulas, techniques, pre and post-wax care, and how to talk to clients about the best wax types and care for them, you’ll soon give yourself all of the tools you need to learn how to use hard wax like a pro.

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