Setsuko Beauty Clinic

Hot Wax and Warm Wax

What is ​​Waxing?

Waxing is a way to remove hair from the root. Regrowth will occur, and most people will need to do waxing every 4-6 weeks depends on the area of body. It has been proven very effective in removing large amounts of hair and has softer re-growth compared to shaving which results in hard stubble due to stimulation of razor on the pores.

A downside to waxing is discomfort, which can be uncomfortable in sensitive areas, or for people with sensitive skin. It is also common to experience redness, puffiness, bumps or irritation after waxing. Redness and irritation however subside in a few hours, if not within the same day.

The wax used for hair removal is made from a paraffin or beeswax base, with resin for adhesion, and lubricators such essential oils for hydration and/or scent.

Types of waxing

Home waxing

Strip waxing using cold wax is useful especially during warm weather. When it comes to cold waxing, there’s often a sticky residue left behind on the skin after application. Cold wax strips don’t always take the hair from the root the first time around and sometimes need re-application. This repeated use can be inconvenient and might mean an increased likelihood of irritation if you have sensitive skin. Pre-made strips do not grip hair as well as other waxing methods.

Salon waxing

Warm wax uses strips but uses heated wax applied by a professional spreading the heated warm wax thinly over the skin. A paper strip is applied and pressed firmly to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair. 

Hot Wax is also performed by professionals who use a heated wax applied with no cloth or paper strips. The wax hardens then it cools allowing direct removal by a skilled therapist without the aid of strips.

What type of waxing to use?

Hot Wax is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin as the wax grabs the hair but not the skin. Hot wax method can also be less painful. A disadvantage of hot wax is that it can be messy and requires more skill and training. Hot wax should be used on smaller delicate areas such as lip chin and bikini and ideal for people who have coarse stubborn hair.

Warm Wax is fast and is more suitable for larger areas such as legs to be treated quickly and will exfoliate the skin at the same time.

Adverse Reactions to Waxing

The following factors are known to make those who are waxed more likely to have adverse reactions. If you have any of these please let the therapist know.

  • Blood-thinning medications                                     
  • Drugs for autoimmune diseases, including            lupus Prednisone or steroids                                  
  • Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases
  • Recent sunburn                                                          
  • Recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgery           
  • Recent laser skin treatment                                     
  • Severe varicose leg veins                                          
  • Rosacea or very sensitive skin                                  
  • History of fever blisters or cold sores (waxing can cause a flare-up)                                                         
  • Using Trevino, Tazaronene, or any other peeling agent                                                                            
  • Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion or          chemical peel using glycolic, alpha hydroxy,            salicylic acid, or other acid-based products.           
  • Roaccutane (You cannot have waxing during and  after 6 months of taking the medication)               ​​