The 2 main types of wax used are:
Warm/Cool Wax- Varies in colour, consistency and application according to different brands. It contains resins, organic extracts, synthetic solvents, perfumes and essential oils. Warm wax creates a sticky coating on the hairs, which helps them adhere to the fabric or paper strip. The wax is applied with the hair growth and removed against the hair growth. The wax is maintained at a working temperature of approximately 43C, sufficiently liquefied to spread very thinly. Large areas can be covered so removal is very quick. Wax can be applied to an area twice if needs be. It can be less effective on strong, coarse hairs and clients can be left with sticky areas.
Treatments are recommended every 4-6 weeks, the hair will need to be approximately 1cm for effective removal.
Hot wax- Has been available for a long time and is less popular now, yet it can be very effective on short, strong hairs ie bikini and underarm. It contains bees wax, resins and soothing agents. The wax is applied against the hair growth and built up in layers, as the wax cools it contracts and grips the hairs tightly, the wax is then removed against the growth. Initial application can feel very hot and can cause redness and sensitivity due to the heat; hot wax should not be applied to the same area twice. The working temperature of hot wax is approximately 48C.Treatmets are recommended every 4-6 weeks and as with the warm wax, hair will need to be approximately 1cm in length for effective hair removal.