Hard Wax vs. Soft Wax: Why Wax is Queen

Find out how waxing works, what goes where, and why we’re obsessed!


It’s 2022, and there is a myriad of options for hair removal. Wax. Sugar. Laser. Meditation (just kidding). Don’t even think about chemical cream hair removal – bury it deep in your teen mistakes, and never look back.

At Frilly Lilly, we love wax. Wax loves us. Wax loves you. And we are waxing experts! Here’s a quick crash course on why we’re such fans of wax as a hair removal service, and what the differences are between them.

First things first, here are the bare wax facts:

  1. There are 2 main types of wax out there: hard wax and soft wax.
  2. Soft wax is often packaged in cans or jars. It has a consistency close to thick, liquid honey.
  3. Hard wax comes in the form of beads, and is melted down at a low temperature.
  4. Soft wax is used for larger, less sensitive areas like arms, legs, chest, and back.
  5. Hard wax is used for more sensitive areas like bikinis, underarm, and face.
  6. Both are applied with a wooden spatula to the skin. Soft wax is removed with a muslin cloth strip, while hard wax hardens and is peeled off by itself.
  7. Hard wax is more expensive than soft wax (you’ll find out why in a sec!)

Ok, so now here’s the good good.

We love waxing because it is quick, efficient, and it yields absolutely amazing results. But like, how is it so good? Let’s find out.

How does it work?

Hard wax is used for sensitive skin like the bikini and facial areas. That’s because hard wax adheres to the hair strand more than it does to the skin’s surface, which is key to reducing discomfort, and efficient hair removal (VERY key).

Hard wax is melted down to a low temperature, and is directly related to its efficiency as a waxing process. Thanks to the warmth of the wax:

  1. Your hair follicles and pores open up, making it easier to pull the hair out from the root.
  2. As the wax cools, it envelops the hair strand,
  3. And within moments (and without binding to your skin), the hair is ready to be pulled out.
  4. Bonus: Hard wax is also really good at getting those little in-betweeners that maybe broke off or are left over from your shaving past (we say again, past).

Soft wax is used for larger areas of hair removal. Soft wax can be applied in larger areas because a cloth strip is used to remove the wax, and won’t break like hard wax could. It’s also really good at grabbing those fine, downey, little hairs you find on your neck, back, chest, arms, even on your legs!

Hello, Smooth City! Population: You.

Let’s summarize

Hard Wax:

  • Used for smaller, sensitive areas like the bikini line, face, and underarms.

Soft Wax:

  • Used for larger areas like the legs, back, chest, belly, and arms.


Frilly Lilly began based on our waxing obsession, and we pride ourselves on being experts. We first gained our loyal clientele following thanks to our technique, premium wax, and above-and-beyond sanitation protocols, and we are proud to say it only continues to exceed expectations to this day.

So when we say that we love it, that we recommend it, that we’re experts, and that Wax is Queen, you can trust we mean it. For all the reasons you just read, and more, Frilly Lilly <3 wax.

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