If you’re looking to get rid of unwanted body hair, waxing is a quick, easy, and affordable way to do it. However, with so many different types of waxes on the market, it can be confusing to know which body wax to choose for which area.

On top of that, if you’re waxing for the first time, hearing salon lingo on a first date can be overwhelming. We’ve categorized the different types of body waxes based on your exact needs, so you can avoid awkward salon conversations and have baby-smooth skin.

1. Soft wax

Soft waxes, also known as stick waxes, are applied by applying a thin layer of warm body wax to the skin. This is usually used on larger body parts, such as your arms and legs. Apply it directly to the skin using a stick or roller. Then place a cloth strip over it and pull it down to remove the hair. The soft wax reaches the tiny, invisible strands of your hair, leaving you with smooth skin. But this body wax should only be used one time at a time on a specific area (never more than once) because it can start pulling on the skin cells, which can lead to bleeding and damage.


2. Hard wax

Hard body waxes are typically used on smaller, more sensitive areas, including the upper lip, underarms, and bikini area. This type of body wax is warmed and applied directly to the skin. Give it time to cool and harden, then pull it off in the opposite direction of hair growth. One benefit of hard waxes is that they only bond to the hair, never to the skin. The process tends to be less painful than a soft body wax and can be used multiple times without causing damage to the skin.

3. Fruit wax

Fruit body wax works like hard body wax and is recommended for sensitive skin. It’s rich in fruit extracts like berries and plums, which means these types of waxes are full of antioxidants and packed with skin-nourishing vitamins. Plus, they’re much gentler on the skin than basic softening body waxes, so they can also be more expensive. However, applying it doesn’t leave a trace, and the fact that they double as skincare is a plus.

4. Chocolate wax

Chocolate wax is another popular option available in most salons. It utilizes the skin benefits of chocolate as an ingredient, which is rich in antioxidants and less painful to apply than other body wax variants. Chocolate body wax also contains glycerin and oils such as soy and almond, which are anti-inflammatory and ideal for skin prone to redness. Again, this wax is usually more expensive compared to other types of wax, but it also has skincare benefits.

5. Sugar wax

Sugar wax, usually made from sugar, lemon, and hot water, has been around for centuries. The sugar pulls the hair roots out of the skin, like soft and hard body waxes, but it’s made with natural ingredients, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. Similar to hard body waxes, sugar waxes do not stick to the skin, only to the hair, so they can be applied and removed multiple times without causing any skin problems.

It can also be used on any part of the body and is a more natural alternative to other types of waxes. Hair should be at least a quarter of an inch long for the gel to stick to the hair for removal, so keep that in mind before heading to the salon or trying it yourself at home.