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Essential Beauty
Opening Hours
  • Monday

    Closed

  • Tuesday

    07:30 - 17:00

  • Wednesday

    07:30 - 17:00

  • Thursday

    07:30 - 17:00

  • Friday

    07:30 - 17:00

  • Saturday

    09:00 - 14:00

  • Sunday

    Closed

Pros and Cons of Strip vs Hot Wax

Strip Wax:

  • Quick to apply and wax off
  • Perfect for large areas like legs or back
  • Ideal for thicker/less sensitive skin
  • More commonly found in salons
  • Requires less technique so most therapists can use it well

But …

  • Isn’t as suitable in sensitive area – can even cause bruising and more ingrown hairs
  • Doesn’t grip as tightly to hair so not ideal for thicker hair, such as a Hollywood wax.

Hot Wax:

  • The warmth of the wax opens the pores while waiting to harden, this in theory, should make the treatment less painful
  • Fewer ingrown hairs, less breakage and therefore longer re-growth periods.
  • The wax promotes skin hydration
  • A stronger grip on the hairs so highly effective on thicker, stronger hairs e.g. Hollywood.
  • Perfect for short, stubborn hairs as small as 1mm
  • Lessens the chance of skin reddening.

But …

  • Much slower as the wax needs to be applied in several layers, then needs roughly a minute to harden, then peel off.
  • For some, the waiting time and suspense can make a treatment seem more painful.
  • Requires more training and technique – only choose highly trained technicians especially for intimate areas.

There you have it – now you know the difference between strip wax and hot wax! And if you’re due a wax soon, take a look at our services – and book now.