What is the Difference between Hot and Cold Wax?

When it comes to waxing, there are two distinct types: hot wax and a cold wax. The distinction between the two is fairly self-explanatory, as both types are made up of similar substances but are used for two different techniques.

Hot Wax

This is a treatment most often seen in salons, and involves the wax being heated up so it can be applied to the skin, and as it begins to set, it contracts and grips the hairs. In this method, either the wax solidifies and is pulled off in one piece, or a strip of paper or cloth is applied and removed, taking the hairs with it.

Cold Wax

Cold wax works in very much the same way, but usually comes pre-measured on prepared strips. They are a great solution for home-waxing, as they don’t require a heat source. By rubbing them between your hands, the wax is warmed up to the correct temperature by the warmth of your body, allowing it to grip the hairs when the wax is pulled away.


Hot Wax


Cold Wax

The heat can make the process comfortable, and dilates the pores so the hairs can be removed with less resistance.



Can be used anywhere, right when you need them – no need for a plug or a microwave.

You can decide on the size of the area you want to wax, shaping it for different zones.



The whole process is a lot quicker.

Hot wax can now be used easily at home, with no need to go to the beauty salon.


This method is very efficient, with very little waste.



Hot Wax


Cold Wax

Requires practice and building of a technique in order to use it properly.



If the strips aren’t used correctly, then red bumps and ingrown hairs could occur.


If using a microwave to heat the wax, it can take some time and practice to get the temperature right.



Not suitable for very short hairs.


Salon hot wax treatments treatments can be very expensive.


May have to use a lot of strips for large areas.

So whatever your preference, you can always rely on Veet® to at least make choosing the wax solution for you a painless process!