Hard wax, Soft wax, or Sugaring - what's the difference?
Every time you look up hair removal there is always a new technique on the market- it’s hard to keep up with all the ‘trends’. Luckily for you, waxing is something that goes back to ancient years and you can count on it for being successful. You’ve probably heard of all three of these techniques but knowing which one is right for you and your skin type is the questionable part. Fortunately, I am here to guide you on all the information you need to make the right choice to get silky smooth skin!
Hard Wax vs Soft Wax
So what's the difference between hard and soft wax anyway? Is it just as simple as one uses cloth strips and the other does not? Not quite, soft and hard wax is actually almost as different as sugaring and waxing itself. Soft wax has a thinner consistency that adheres to your skin, removing a superficial layer of dead skin with the hair. Hard wax has a thicker consistency that wraps around the hair prominently. Since hard wax does not remove as much dead skin you are able to go over an area more than once, unlike soft wax. This is key for coarse hair because chances are you most definitely will need more than one pull to remove all the hairs. This normally occurs because of different hair growth directions but also it can come down to proper application which you DIY babes will get in no time- you can see it as a second chance to correct your technique (leaving you the ability to get that gorgeously smooth result )! Soft wax is also known for being used on larger body parts because of its thin spread but you are equally as able to use hard wax on large areas too. Overall it comes down to preference but hard wax is more gentle on the skin and tends to be the preferable choice because of its flexible ability to be used on all areas and more than once.
Sugaring vs Waxing
Sugaring and waxing are both hair removal options that pull the hair from the route of the follicle, unlike shaving. The difference is in the technique and is actually a very different approach. While waxing is applied in the direction of your hair growth and pulled off in one movement, sugaring is a rub and pull technique that goes over the area of the skin over and over again. Some people prefer sugaring because it does not remove a superficial layer of dead skin like waxing, but it has its own risks. Some rather one pull instead of the repetitive rub that can leave your skin feeling raw. Although sugaring does not take a layer of dead skin as much as waxing, it still has an exfoliating factor. Sugaring commonly has lemon found in it which is also a natural chemical exfoliant. All in all- some people say sugaring hurts more than waxing because of the constant rubbing and others say waxing is more painful. It all comes down to preference and whether you rather it be done slow and repetitive or fast and done in one movement.
What option is best for you?
Sugaring is commonly known as the better option for sensitive skin but as we know hard wax isn't as invasive as soft wax, making both suitable options. The ingredients within sugaring are very minimal and normally only consist of two major ingredients - Sugar & Lemon. Since the ingredients are so minimal this technique comes in handy when someone is allergy-prone (especially if they've already had a reaction to wax). Trying a patch test before waxing or sugaring is crucial if someone suspects they could be at risk for a reaction. Some people are also allergic to sugaring as-well which is why patch tests are so important. Although sugaring’s natural ingredients and technique win some people's choice, waxing usually wins the debate - especially for our thick and coarse hair babes!
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