Waxing is never exactly a pleasant experience. The pain is, for the most part, bearable for the end result though. However, every single one of us would prefer that the treatment could minimise the pain. As much as possible! Strip Wax binds to the hair follicle and skin. Meaning, when the wax is pulled back, it lifts the skin with it. Not only that, but it can cause bruising and ingrown hairs. It isn’t suitable for sensitive areas, or thick hair.
Hot wax shrink wraps around the hair follicle, but isn’t as strong as strip wax. It may leave behind residue and hairs it couldn’t pull up. It also takes a lot longer than strip waxing and requires a much higher skill level from your beauty therapist. Because it takes so much longer, some report that the pain is worse than with Strip Waxing.
‘Kay, so you’re half a leg deep in strip waxing and your client is turning red. Like beetroot, blood close to the top of the skin red. And, then you remember that article once telling you that strip wax can cause severe skin irritation. Your client clearly has pretty sensitive skin.
Strip wax can cause more severe skin irritation, going so far as to lift the skin upon hair removal. It can also cause ingrown hairs and bruising
Hot Wax can easily be heated way too hot, and if you’re not careful, can burn your client. It can also be a finicky, tricky process, and cause clients more pain than other waxes.
Additionally, if you are not careful with hygiene practices, and observe the Single Dip Method, and restrictions on wax recycling, hot wax can cause your clients bacterial, fungal and other skin infections.