Types of Waxing

While there’s nothing wrong with body hair, sometimes too much of it can make you a bit uncomfortable or reduce your confidence in your appearance. In times like this, getting waxed might be a great idea! And luckily, you have a ton of options to choose from. Let’s look at the different types of waxing you can try out and also some pretty common waxing methods and techniques! 

Different types of waxing to try

These are the different types of waxing you can get:

  • Leg wax
  • Face wax
  • Lip wax
  • Eyebrow wax
  • Strip wax
  • Sugaring
  • Hot wax
  • Cold wax

Leg wax

Out with the razor; schedule a leg wax instead! You can have a full leg wax which entails removing hairs from the top of your thighs to the base of your ankles. If you’re not up to that, then you can try out a half leg wax which typically entails removing the hairs from your knees to your ankles or thighs to above your knees. Most wax salons offer both full leg waxing and half leg waxing, so feel free to choose the one you want. 

So how much does it cost to wax your legs? Most spas charge between $45–$100 for a full leg waxing and $30–$50 for a half leg wax. If you’re waxing your legs at home, you can get a do-it-yourself waxing kit for between $25 and $100. A DIY waxing kit contains a wooden applicator, strips, and wax.

Face wax 

If you’re looking to remove facial hair for a considerably long time, then getting your face waxed might be a good deal. And it costs a little over $20 to get this done at an average spa. 

But before getting a face wax, you should be fully aware of possible side effects—which shouldn’t come as a surprise because the face is pretty much one of the most sensitive parts of the body. For example, you might experience skin irritation leading to swelling, swelling, or face rashes. These side effects will usually go away on their own but you can schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if they persist for longer than 12 hours. 

Lip wax 

If you’re getting your face waxed, then lip waxing is most likely a part of the deal. In some other cases, you might decide to go to the spa for strictly lip waxing. This should cost about $10–$15. 

Alternatively, you can pull off DIY lip waxing in just 10 minutes! For this, you’d need:

  1. A wax warmer
  2. Cream wax
  3. Baby powder
  4. Muslin strips
  5. Wooden applicators
  6. Wax remover (petroleum jelly) 
  7. Tweezers
  8. Aloe-based gel 

Cleanse the facial area, apply the wax, and cover with the strip then pull off the strip in one swift movement. Once you’re done, clean the wax from your skin and apply the aloe-based gel to soothe your skin. 

Eyebrow wax

Not a fan of threading or plucking your eyebrows? You should get an eyebrow wax! This can sound scary but trust us, it’s a really fast process and the results are neater and last longer! 

So how do you get your eyebrows waxed? You can do this at home or at a spa—frankly, it’s best to let a professional handle this so you can have the best result. An eyebrow wax at a spa costs about $20. Your first wax will probably hurt a little bit, and you might experience side effects like redness and irritation, but it will get better each time.

Strip waxing

Strip waxing involves using disposable strips to remove body hair. Typically, a thin layer of runny wax is applied to the skin then the wax is quickly placed on it, and peeled off swiftly to remove both hair and wax.

Strip wax is generally best for leg, and back waxing where you have thick and less-sensitive skin. Using strip wax around your eyebrows, for instance, can lead to bruising, skin tearing, and irritation. 


Sugaring removes body hair in the same way as waxing by pulling the hair from the root. But it’s a lot less painful than waxing because it doesn’t remove your skin’s living cells. 

Sugaring gets its name from the sugar-like paste used for the process—the paste consists of lemon, water, and sugar. The ingredients are all heated together until it reaches a candy-like consistency. Once it cools it’s applied directly to the skin.

Hot waxing

Hot waxing involves leaving the wax to dry and harden on the skin before removing it directly—no strips! Hot wax is a lot thicker and is applied thickly too since it has to be peeled off on its own. 

Hot wax is ideal for waxing sensitive areas or areas where you have thicker body hair, hence it’s commonly used for Bikini waxes and sometimes facial waxing. It can even wax hairs of 1mm in length! Also, it’s a lot less painful than thin waxing with strips because the heat from the wax opens up the hair follicles, allowing the hair to come out easily. 

Cold waxing

Cold waxing usually refers to a method of removing hair where lukewarm wax is pre-applied to a strip. The lightly-warmed wax strips can be applied anywhere you’d like to remove hair, but they generally work best on areas where the hair is thinner and fine like the face and the chin. You can also use it for a Bikini wax! 

Unlike hot wax, cold wax won’t cause burns, but it can still cause skin irritation, redness, and sun sensitivity. Also, because of its lukewarm temperature, the wax can stick to your skin. 

It’s waxing season!  

Ready to give your skin a treat? Book a waxing or sugaring session on ClassPass today! You’d find the best spas around and at the best rates too! 

Faith is a freelance writer working with saas, marketing, and e-commerce companies. When she’s not writing, you will find her reading, listening to good ol’ music, or daydreaming about traveling. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.
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