For the past 9 years I have exclusively used hard wax for the sensitive areas of the body (bikini, underarm, face), so on a recent visit to LA I decided to engage in some “market research”. I love getting waxed in different cities because it gives me the opportunity to see what’s new in trends and it gives me new perspectives on how to improve my own skills. As it turned out, the studio I visited used soft wax. I asked why to which the cute gal responded: “LA is a soft wax city!”. Her answer took me back to my beginnings in LA 17 years ago. I guess some things never change. So, hard wax? Soft wax? Sugar? What’s the difference between the methods? Sugar waxing has been around for ages and is a paste made up of white sugar, water, and lemon juice. The ball is then used to roll and pull the hair out from the root. Soft wax is what you commonly think of when you think of body waxing. It’s applied with a waxing spatula and then removed with a muslin strip. Soft wax adheres to the skin more than the others, resulting in more exfoliation. It grabs the finer hairs of the body perfectly and is more effective for the larger areas of the body like the back, arms and legs. Hard wax is the thickest of the 3 methods sometimes called film wax. The difference with hard wax is that it doesn’t use a muslin strip for removal. Once it’s hardened, it’s pulled up from the edges. It attaches itself only to the hair, not the skin, reducing discomfort and minimizing the possibility of irritation. Since hard wax grabs the shorter hairs, it eliminates the need to wax the area twice. It leaves no sticky residue, like soft wax, and is easier to clean up. The best part about it, hard wax is the least painful of the 3 to use for Brazilians, underarms and face and it’s the preferred method for Expert Waxer. I hope this information is helpful and answered a few questions you might have about the different methods of body waxing. I have found that my clients have rebooked consistently because the hard wax method works so well for all skin types. One last tip: hair removal can be painful but taking an aspirin 30 minutes prior to your appointment can help take the edge off. Ready for silky smooth skin? Book now at expertwaxer.com to experience it for yourself.