If you are a beauty and hairstyling enthusiast, then we are sure you are well aware about what exactly hair wax is. But for those of you who are clueless, hair wax is nothing but a styling product that can help in moulding and shaping your hair in accordance with the hairstyle you are trying to recreate.
Even though hair wax is generally considered to be a man’s styling product, this could be as far from the truth as possible. If used correctly and in the right proportion, it can actually help you recreate some really cool hairstyles, but that’s something we will discuss later in the article.
The best part about using hair wax is that it is readily available almost everywhere, and it is also easy to use, even if you are a complete beginner to hairstyling. In this article below, we are going to walk you through everything you need to know about using hair wax for women. Starting with what exactly hair wax is, what are its benefits as well as how to use this product to create some interesting hairstyles, this article has got you covered.
- What is a hair wax?
- How to use hair wax?
- Hairstyles that can be created with hair wax
- FAQs about hair wax
What is a hair wax?
Simply put, hair wax is an out-and-out styling product. It generally has a sticky, clay-and-paste-like consistency that works really well to add more texture to various hairstyles. The best thing about using a hair wax is that once applied, you can actually reapply it again to give your hair a different shape. This is possible thanks to its rubber-like texture, that makes moulding and remoulding super simple and hassle-free.
How to use hair wax?
Another thing that makes hair wax such a great product to have in your hairstyling kit is how versatile it actually is. This product can actually be used on damp as well as dry hair, without affecting its efficacy even a little bit.
On damp hair
If you are looking to create a simple everyday look, simply distribute some hair wax evenly onto damp hair strands. This will ensure that the product gets absorbed into each strand to make them look perfectly styled all day long. Start with activating the product by rubbing it between your hands as this will make spreading the hair wax all through your hair lengths a lot easier. For a natural look, don’t go overboard with the amount you take; a pea-sized amount is more than enough for medium-length hair.
On dry hair
When working with dry hair, it is important to warm the product properly to avoid any sort of snagging and pulling. Simply run the product through the lengths of your hair and then apply it at the ends, before twisting it to the desired shape. Needless to say, be extremely light-handed and use just a little bit of product to prevent your hair from looking weighed down and greasy.
Hairstyles that can be created with hair wax
1. Pixie hairstyle
One of the best haircuts that can be styled using hair wax has to be the pixie. Whether you are planning to go for a lazy, lived-in and tousled look or something more toned down and sleek, either way, hair wax is your best friend. Start with warming a little product between your palms before distributing it properly onto your hair strands. After this, pick out small sections of hair and gently roll them around your fingers to recreate this effortlessly chic hairstyle in no time. If you are looking for a sleeker look, don’t twist the hair after applying hair wax and your office-ready pixie is ready to be flaunted.
2. Bob hairstyle
Image courtesy: @heartandsoul.hob
Bobs haircuts (especially on thin hair) can look a little flat and boring, unless it is accompanied by oodles of texture. A great, heatless way to add more texture and body to a bob haircut is using a bit of hair wax. All you need to do is take a pea-sized amount of hair wax over your lengths and gently twirl it to create the effect of curls.
3. Textured lob hairstyle
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Lob haircuts undoubtedly look extremely chic, and if you have medium-length hair, then this is one haircut we really recommend you to try. And on the days when your lob needs a little more styling, then there’s always some hair wax to your rescue. Simply run some product on the ends before using a curling tong or straightener to give your hair a lazy, beachy look. Additionally, you could even apply some hair wax all over your strands before scrunching the ends to create a slightly tousled and lived-in appearance.
4. Sleek hairdos
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Sleek hairdos simply never go out of style, and the best part about this particular hairstyle is that it can be paired with any outfit and looks appropriate irrespective of the occasion. And guess what? Recreating a sleek hairstyle is super simple, especially if you have straight hair. Simply apply a little bit of hair wax all over on damp hair before blow-drying it a little bit to hold shape and keep it in place all day long.
5. Braids hairstyle
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If you are looking to keep your hair in place for an entire day or are simply tired of all those random flyaways, then we think you need a good hair wax in your styling routine. This product not only adds texture, but also delivers a lot more hold to prevent your braid from coming undone in a couple of hours. Simply apply a bit of wax over your hair length before creating a braid to achieve a super cool and long-lasting hairstyle in under five minutes!
FAQs about hair wax
Q. Is using hair wax bad for your hair?
A. It is a complete myth that using hair wax ruins your hair. The product is absolutely fine to be used, but there are certain things one needs to keep in mind. Firstly, always ensure that you wash your hair properly after using wax, because it can cause build-up, leaving your roots very greasy. Secondly, take a very little amount and use it just to style your hair, ensuring minimum contact with the scalp. This will prevent build-up from the stickiness of the waxy texture.
Q. Is hair wax better than hair gel?
A. Hair wax and gel both deliver different finishes to your hair, and therefore none is better than the other; it is actually a matter of personal choice. Hair wax leaves your hair super soft and delivers a smooth matte finish, even though it is thicker than hair gel. Gel, on the other hand, has a lighter formula, which gives your hair a wet, glossy feel. It also leaves your hair stiff post-application.
Q. Can you sleep with hair wax?
A. No, you absolutely should not. Just like how sleeping with makeup on can block your pores, the same logic applies to hair wax as well. Sleeping with hair wax can block the follicles and damage the cuticles, thereby deteriorating the health and quality of your hair.
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Written by Urvi Dalal on Mar 25, 2021
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!