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February 25, 2020

The Soft and Hard of it all

People have many questions about soft wax verses hard wax.  From practice, personal preference plays the biggest role in the results and experience of the client. Many answers to the common questions can sway back and forth depending on the professional performing the waxing service. Technique and what the individual professional are most comfortable with will have the largest impact on most questions’ clients have.  At Mode, we do tend to use all hard wax for most of our guest services. However, we are always happy to accomodate if you prefer soft wax! 

What is the difference between soft and hard wax hair removal?  

Soft wax is done with paper or muslin strips, and hard wax is removed without strips.  In general, hard wax is used to remove hair in the bikini, underarm and face area; soft wax is used on larger areas of the body such as the leg or armpit. Soft wax grabs fine hairs perfectly, working better on large areas of the body than hard wax. Unlike hard wax, soft wax cannot be applied to the same spot twice because it removes layers of dead skin. … Less painful for most people, soft wax is perfect for extra sensitive areas such as the armpits or a Brazilian wax.

Is hard wax less painful?  

Traditional thought is that hard wax is less painful on the face than soft wax. Hard is not efficient to use on larger areas of the body like legs. Hard wax leaves no sticky residue. It is much easier to clean up.  

Can I make my waxing less painful?  

There are a few tips that a client can do prior to the waxing service to lessen the pain of the waxing itself. 1. Make sure you’re hairy enough 2. Moisturize and exfoliate up to the day of service and then do not day of the service. 3. If you have a low pain threshold to waxing, take a painkiller. 4. This next one is difficult but try to avoid caffeine a few hours before the wax service. 

How long does a wax treatment last?  

After a client’s waxing, the results can last 3 to 6 weeks depend on the individual’s hair re-growth rate. In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in the third and fourth week. Over time the hair will come in thinner and softer in the areas that get waxed.

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