Wax depilation is gaining momentum every year. You can find a lot of videos in the Internet showing incredible hair removal procedures and « stunning » results. The Net is full of ads featuring sites where you can buy « magic » new-gen waxes.
Let’s look at waxes and their compositions not to get caught up in advertising traps or be fooled. To do this, we’ll take a package of wax and look at the label.
Every decent manufacturer has to indicate detailed information about the wax manufacturer, composition and application of on the label. If such details are missing, you can put such wax aside with a clear conscience and forget about it for good.
So, let’s look at the composition, or what the hair removal wax is made of.
In the first place, we will always find the main ingredient. It is the basis for wax that provides adhesion to the hair.
If glyceryl rosinate is first on the list of ingredients, this is natural pine resin, the basis for all natural waxes. Natural waxes are the classics and are still very popular today.
Glyceryl Rosinate (Pine resin)
Synthetic-based waxes are more advanced. They are based on polycyclopentadiene hydrogenate, synthetic resin. Such waxes do not contain pine resin that may cause irritation and allergies. Synthetic waxes are suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Polycyclopentadiene Hydrogenate (Synthetic resin)
PEG-3 being the first ingredient means that this is combined wax.
These also contain natural components, including pine resin (glyceryl rosinate). PEG-3-based waxes may be completely removed from the skin with no stickiness left.
Next comes a group of functionally important ingredients that affect the wax properties. These include, among other things, oils (Mineral oil or Paraffinum Liquidum). All types of waxes contain oils. A small amount of oil gives wax plasticity and makes it easy to warm up. But if there is a lot of oil in ingredient list, wax hair adhesion properties will be minimal. Waxes with a lot of oil are very soft and are easily stretched on the skin. They are used for large applications, but hair removal is minimized since a large amount of oil reduces adhesion.
When you choose a film wax, look for Copolymer or Polymer in the ingredients.
Polymers, or, in other words, rubber additives, give the wax elasticity, which allows it to easily stretch over the skin like a film and be removed without losing adhesion. Film waxes containing polymers do not break, are very plastic and soft; they perfectly adhere to the hair. It is only polymer content in the wax that gives it the right to be called FILMWAX. Film waxes are the cutting edge new-gen hot waxes.