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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Paraffin vs Hair Removal Wax

Q. My salon offers paraffin wax treatments. Is paraffin wax the same as the wax they use for hair removal?

A. Paraffin wax and hair removal wax are two different types of wax.

Paraffin wax is a soft non sticky wax. It is a petroleum product like petroleum jelly. Candles can be made of paraffin. It is used in salons and spas as a treatment for dry skin and as therapy for arthritis. Paraffin hand dips are very popular. The hands are dipped into hot paraffin wax, then placed in plastic bags. Hand mitts can also be added over the plastic bags.

paraffin wax on hand
To avoid many hands being dipped into the same wax, some salons ladle the melted paraffin into plastic bags and then place the bags on the hands of their client. The paraffin wax cools and solidifies and is easily removed from the hands. The hands are left warm and moisturized. It is fabulous on feet too!

Hair removal waxes are sticky or they harden. They usually made from resin. The wax is applied to the skin, it sticks to unwanted hair and is pulled off removing the hair.
hair removal wax
Soft wax is one type of wax used in hair removal. It never completely hardens when cool. It is warmed up in a wax pot. The warm wax is applied in a thin layer to the skin and is removed with a cloth strip. Because it is does not harden, it sticks to the skin and exfoliates dead skin cells during the hair removal process.

caold wax strip
Cold wax is also a type of soft wax. Generally, cold wax is pre applied to the waxing strips. It is not as effective as warm wax hair removal. It is an easy at home type of hair removal.

hard wax for hair removal
Hard wax is also a type of wax use in hair removal. This type of wax is very hard when it is cool. It is melted in a wax pot. The warm wax is applied in a thick layer to the skin. It is allowed to cool slightly, then is pulled off the skin. No cloth strip is used. Many people say they like hard wax because it hardens around the hair not sticking to the skin making it more gentle on the skin.

My favorite wax to use for hair removal is soft wax that is made for sensitive skin. I find it gentle, thorough and easy to work with. Gigi is my favorite brand of wax.

Visit waxing etc for waxing and hair removal tips.

See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for paraffin treatment and hair removal waxing.

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