Khun Koi uses a specific type of wax called hard wax. This is very hard to find in Bangkok and sometimes communication failures result in painful experiences as documented by this poor travel blogger.
What happens is the wax is smoothed onto the skin warm and thick where it is left for a few seconds to harden and dry. As it dries, it slightly pulls away from the skin hardening around the base of the hair follicles. When Koi pulls the wax off, the hairs will come out, yet your skin will stay protected. Usually with waxing, the pain occurs because the wax is being ripped off the skin itself as well as the hairs. By using hard wax, the pain is lessened.
The main difference between hard and soft wax is the consistency of the wax and the process of application and removal. While soft waxes are heated to a spreadable consistency, the colour of the actual wax is often transparent and when smoothed onto the skin, hair is visible through the thin layer of wax. A cotton strip of cloth is then applied to the thin wax layer and the strip is then used to pull the wax and hair off your body.
Hard wax however is thicker in consistency and usually an opaque pale colour. The wax is heated and applied liberally to the treatment area. The wax is allowed a couple of minutes to harden before being pulled off the skin using the hard wax itself. This process, as mentioned above, is gentler on the skin and causes less pain than the popular process of using soft wax.
The wax Khun Koi uses is specially imported and of premium quality. She has learned from 20 years experience which wax works best for her clients and due to it’s gentle protection of the skin, she uses hard wax for all of her treatments.
For more tips on how to decrease pain when you have a waxing treatment, read our post here.