Hard Vs Soft Wax: What’s The Right Option For You?

Waxing is one of the most popular methods of professional hair removal. And now that we have our very own wax line, Nue Wax by PLApro, we want to educate you about all the different wax products available!

In this blog, we will get into the differences between hard and soft wax. While they might seem similar at first, these two waxing products serve very different purposes! Both have their pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide which to stock in your salon.

Keep reading for more information about hard wax vs soft wax, plus a few extra details about other wax accessories and waxing tools that can help make your waxing experience even better.

Hard Wax vs Soft Wax

Let’s get into each of these options and explore their similarities and differences. Understanding the ins and outs of these products will help you make an informed decision about which is right for you.

Understanding Hard Wax

Hard wax, as the name suggests, hardens as it dries on the skin. This allows the wax to be removed just with the hands, rather than using strips.

When compared to soft wax, hard wax is a lot gentler on the skin. This is because hard wax adheres directly to the hairs, rather than to the skin. So when it’s removed, it doesn’t pull as much on the skin, leaving behind less irritation and causing less discomfort.

The gentleness of hard wax allows you to use it multiple times on the same area to remove any remaining hair. Plus, it can be used virtually anywhere on the body, including the face and intimate areas.

Our Nue Wax Hard Wax Beads bring you a remarkably luxurious waxing experience! These hot pink beads melt down to a pliable, silky texture, and remain slightly translucent so you can see the hairs underneath!

Pros and Cons of Hard Wax


  • Gentle on the skin + adheres to hair
  • Can be removed without waxing strips
  • Less painful and irritating
  • Can be used multiple times on the same area


  • Not great for larger areas like arms and legs
  • Application can be tricky if it hardens completely (it can crack!)

Exploring Soft Wax

On the other hand, soft wax will still be a little sticky as it dries. It remains soft to the touch, so it must be removed with wax strips. 

Soft wax can be slightly more irritating than hard wax, as it does not adhere strictly to the hairs like hard wax does. However, it is a great option for large areas like arms and legs, and works especially well on fine hair.

Just like our hard wax, our Soft Wax is unscented and stays see-through so the hairs are visible while you’re waxing.  

Pros and Cons of Soft Wax


  • Good option for large areas like arms and legs
  • Application is simpler since it doesn’t harden completely
  • Can be used at lower temperatures


  • Must be removed with waxing strips
  • Can be more painful and cause more irritation
  • Should not be used multiple times on the same area

Waxing Tools and Wax Supplies For A Professional Wax Service

Once you have your wax preference decided, or are opting to stock up on both, you can think about the other wax products you may need.

Wax Warmer

Your wax won’t do you much good before being warmed up! You can find wax warmers and wax pots in both single and double options. Our insulated pots evenly melt wax and display the temperature digitally — no guesswork involved!

Wax Pot Cleaner

Make cleaning up your wax super simple with a dedicated cleaner! This multipurpose solution can clean wax from your wax warmer, wax mat, or other hard surfaces. (Not for use on the skin).

Waxing Sticks + Strips

Waxing sticks help you pick up and spread wax evenly onto your client’s skin. We have both large and small sizes available!

If you use soft wax, you’ll need to grab some waxing strips as well. These 100% bleached cotton strips efficiently remove soft wax from the skin without leaving behind any fabric residue. 

The Bottom Line

When it comes to hard wax vs soft wax, there isn’t really a firm answer. Instead, you’ll have to assess your own needs, depending on your clients and the services you offer. Most wax techs choose to have both on hand so they can offer a wide range of options!

Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that your waxing needs will be met with PLApro!