Can you reuse hard wax after waxing?

In this article, we discuss whether hard wax can be reused after it has been used once. Furthermore, we also discuss how to dispose of hard wax in an environmentally-safe way.

Can you reuse hard wax after waxing?

Yes. Hard wax is the only type of wax that may be reused in salons. Hard wax is often yellow or green in colour and does not require stripping. 

Because hard wax must be applied thickly and at least twice to remove all hair, several hairdressers re-use it to save money. They melt the wax, filter out the hair, solidify the wax, and then re-melt it for usage.

What is hard wax and what is it made of?

Hard wax is thicker than soft wax and hardens on contact with your skin, hence the term. You can remove it with your hands as it hardens, eliminating the need for waxing strips. This makes the procedure a lot easier.

Hard wax is recommended for usage on the bikini line, underarms, and face, according to specialists.

The pros of hard wax are:

  • It is kinder to your skin, particularly on sensitive areas like your face and bikini line.
  • To remove the wax and hair, you do not need a material strip.
  • When opposed to soft wax, it is easier to remove.
  • Typically, there is little residue left behind.

The cons of using hard wax are:

  • If you are using the wax on bigger regions like your legs and arms, it might take a long time to apply and remove.
  • It may easily break off before it hardens and comes off on its own because it hardens and comes off on its own.
  • It must be warmed before being applied to the skin.

How to use hard wax

If you think hard wax is for you, here’s what you need to do:

  • Wax the part of your skin that has to be cleaned.
  • To establish a barrier between the wax and your skin, use a pre-wax oil like grapeseed oil. This aids in the protection of your skin.
  • Warm the wax to roughly 130 degrees Fahrenheit. It should be warm, but not sweltering. A wax warmer is the simplest and safest technique to warm the wax. Use one with a temperature gauge dial so you can tell when the wax is at the right temperature.
  • Using a waxing spatula, apply the wax in the direction of hair growth.
  • Remove it in the opposite direction of hair growth when it has hardened.

Reusing hard wax

While most salons take precautions to minimise double-dipping, it is not uncommon for melted hard wax beads to be reused. 

Hard waxes are not only more expensive than conventional hair removal treatments, but they also run out of wax much faster because each application requires larger layers. 

Because hard waxes may be applied many times in the same location, estheticians may apply one layer twice to eliminate hairs remaining on previously treated skin.

When it comes to determining how much wax you will need for each treatment, wax beads come in handy.

Even after the wax has melted, if you have too many beads on your wax heater, it should not be difficult to prevent contacting or dirtying the beads you wish to reuse. 

The hard wax beads can be reheated and used at a later time, but only provided they are kept clean. You may reheat the wax as many times as you wish, but bear in mind that the procedure takes 30 to 40 minutes for hard waxes. 

Each time you get a bad consistency, you will be squandering money, therefore use a professional wax warmer and make sure your working station is not too hot or too cold.

If you do not keep the wax at room temperature, it will dry out quickly once you have finished heating it.

Overall, you may deliver a safe waxing experience while using reused beads, but if any aspect of your workstation does not meet adequate hygiene requirements, you risk endangering your clients and jeopardising your salon’s image. 

Here are a few pointers to assist you avoid an awkward situation:

  • Only hard waxes can be reused by estheticians. Attempting to reuse different types of wax compositions is not a good idea.
  • Sticks and spatulas must only be used once before being discarded. The stick may only be dipped into the wax cauldron once.
  • After washing off the wax after each waxing session, disinfect your waxing pot.
  • After each visit, disinfect your wax warmer and the rest of your work space.

How to tell if hard wax is being reused by a salon

The way a salon disposes of wax while you are being waxed is one indicator that they may be re-using it. Keep an eye out for your waxing professional to separate the wax from the rubbish in a different receptacle. 

Fanfare about giving you your own pot of wax is another sign of wax reuse. Yes, it is your wax at your waxing appointment and someone else’s wax the next week. 

Do you follow? Reusing wax, according to maxwax, is unsanitary and might pose a public health risk. If you feel a salon is reusing wax, we recommend speaking with your local council representative.

How to safely and effectively clean a wax pot

  • You will want to remove any old wax residue from the pot’s outside. Remove any drips with a waxing strip and a little baby oil while the wax is still warm. Cold wax that has dried on will require a little more effort, which may be made easy with a wax warmer cleaner.
  • At the conclusion of each day, carefully clean your wax warmer for waxing. If the pot has been turned off for a time, you should reheat it before cleaning it to make the work simpler.
  • Heat your wax pot warmer to a little higher temperature than typical if you want to remove all of the wax from the inner chamber. Heat until the melted wax has thinned down.
  • Remove the inner bucket from the melted wax and carefully dump it into a container for disposal or storage. Sterilize the transfer container first with rubbing alcohol or boiling water if the wax is clean (no double-dipping with applicators). By searching online for “waxing bowl,” you might find an inexpensive and reusable wax container.
  • If the wax is old, you should properly dispose of it. Pouring liquid wax or wax cleansers down the drain can damage pipes and cause the drain to clog when the wax hardens.
  • Allow the mostly empty inner container bucket to cool somewhat before continuing to clean. A liquid cleaner will smoke if the pot is too hot, and you do not want to inhale the cleaner’s evaporated steam. It should just be heated enough to melt the wax.
  • Pour whatever cleanser you are using into the container, such as mineral (baby) oil or a ready-made wax cleaner, and allow some wax to dissolve. Our Wax Warmer Cleanser is a multi-purpose cleaner designed specifically for all professional wax products.
  • Some beauticians soak up the liquid with cotton pads or paper towels, although purists advise against it. To avoid burning your fingers, swirl a clean wax strip around the chamber using a disposable wooden applicator stick or a new kitchen spatula. Swabbing the inner sides continues.
  • You may need to repeat these stages until all of the old wax has been removed.
  • Lift the chamber entirely out and wipe the bottom after it has cooled. Cleaning away excess oil with rubbing alcohol is possible, but only on the metal chamber, not the pot’s outside.
  • Clean the interior of the pot’s bottom and any stray wax from the pot’s exterior with a wax solvent or oil. Use a waxing strip or a paper towel to clean off the interior. Use hot water or rubbing alcohol to sterilise the inner bucket (do not use it on the plastic outer pot since it may split over time).

Additional tips for keeping a wax pot clean

  • Using inexpensive and disposable paper collars to protect your wax pot from unavoidable spills and stains is a good idea.
  • When cleaning, ensure sure the pot is turned off and the wax has cooled sufficiently to avoid burning your fingers. When cleaning out a wax pot, wear protective gloves like black nitrile gloves just in case.
  • It is best not to get wax on your clothes or other surfaces. If you need to remove body wax from a surface other than the waxing pot, try icing it first to remove the majority of the wax, then using wax cleaning or baby oil for hard surfaces.
  • If you have old wax melts or hard wax beads, you might be wondering what to do with them. They do not go bad like hair dye, although they may lose their aroma after a lengthy period of storage. Keep unused wax in a dust-free, reasonably cold area.
  • Apply wax equipment cleanser sparingly to a cloth to break down the wax and remove it from carpets, countertops, clothing, and other surfaces if you want to know how to remove body wax from surfaces. To remove product residue, use simple water on a cloth.
  • To save time cleaning your body wax warmer, an oily wax equipment cleaner is a must-have wax accessory.
  • A professional wax warmer for waxing body hair differs from a wax melting burner used to release scents from wax melts, however an eyebrow wax machine can utilise the same technology.


In this article, we have discussed whether hard wax can be reused, and under what circumstances, is it okay to do so. Furthermore, we also discussed the various ways to clean out the wax pot and disposing the used or leftover wax.


How often should i get waxed?

Approximately every four weeks, or until maxwax is able to grab all of your hair with wax. Hair should be between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long as a general guideline. 

Because waxing is more unpleasant on longer hair, you should not wait more than six weeks between waxing sessions. We will not be able to grab the necessary amount of hair to offer you a smooth, clean wax if you do not wait long enough. 


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