How To Heat Hard Wax: 3 Quick Ways You Should Know

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Hard wax is a great way to remove the unwanted hair in your body, especially in small areas, like the face, and in sensitive areas, like the bikini line. You don’t need to use any cloth strips because this wax hardens by itself and removes even the shorter hair as possible. 

But to use this option, you need to melt the wax and make sure that it’s not too hot nor too cold. Here are 3 convenient ways on how to heat hard wax properly:

Method 1: On The Stove 

This is perhaps the oldest way of heating the hard wax at home. The best way to do this method is to use a double boiler but if you don’t have it, you can make your own. What you’ll need for this method are:

  • Heat-resistant bowl
  • Pot or saucepan
  • Water
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • Thermometer


1. Find a heat-resistant bowl. Make sure that it sits nicely on top of your saucepan or pot. It should make a seal around the pot’s or saucepan’s rim so that no steam will get out.

2. Fill the pot or saucepan with water, not more than halfway full. There should be a minimum of 1-inch space between the water and the bowl on top of the pot. You don’t need a lot of water to make a good double boiler since the steam inside the pot will do all the job.

3. Put the pot or saucepan on the stove and turn the heat onto medium or high. Bring the water into a boil and simmer down. Cover the pot if you want the boiling process to speed up. Once the water is rapidly bubbling, simmer and place the bowl on top of the pot.

4. Now, it’s time to put the hard wax beans into the bowl. Read the instructions of the hard wax beans’ bag to determine the amount you need. Leave enough space in the bowl so it would be easy to stir it later. The steam from the pot will melt the wax.

5. Using the spatula or wooden spoon, stir the beans every minute or so. This will melt the wax more evenly. It’s very essential to use the thermometer to check the temperature of your stove at this point. Turn off the heat when the wax temperature reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit or it is be too hot to use.

6. Reheat it when the wax begins to coagulate. Reheat the wax under low heat. Make sure that that the wax reaches the 150F temperature to use again.

Method 2: In The Microwave

Now, if you aren’t too interested to do the stovetop method, you can do the microwave method. This method is a bit faster and creates a less mess than the stove method. Here are what you’ll need on how to heat hard wax using the microwave.

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Oven mitt
  • Silicone spatula or wooden spoon
  • Thermometer


1. Set the wattage of your microwave down to 20%. Setting it by default at 100% will primarily nuke your wax. Check your microwave’s user manual on how to reduce the power level.

2. Put your hard wax beans in the microwave-safe bowl and place it in the microwave for 10 seconds. You don’t need to cover the bowl with anything.

3. Once the microwave beeps, take the bowl out and stir it with your silicone spatula. You might see that the wax beans won’t look fully melted. A simple stir will help melt the wax evenly. Use your oven mitt when grabbing the bowl because it may be too hot. Place it back for another 10 seconds.

Repeat this process until the wax fully melts.

4. When the wax looks evenly melted, use the thermometer to check its temperature. The temperature should be in the range of 125 to 160 F. Don’t use it if it’s more than 165F because it might burn your skin. The melting time may vary depending on your microwave, but in average, it doesn’t take more than six rounds to melt the wax completely and evenly.

5. Reheat the wax in the microwave when it begins to solidify. While the microwave offers the fastest way to melt the beans, it offers the least residual heat to maintain the perfect temperature. The wax will begin to get too hard to apply within a couple of minutes. When it starts to solidify, put it back on the microwave and use the same 10-second rule of heating the wax.

Method 3: Using A Wax Warmer

The two methods mentioned above are quite convenient because the things you’ll need are easily found in your kitchen. However, you need to check the temperature manually and you may need to reheat it frequently. If you want more convenience and more accuracy, the wax warmer method might be the best way to heat hard wax properly.

A wax warmer distributes heat evenly at the most precise temperature. This means the wax will work more effectively in this method removing all unwanted hair without any delay. You also don’t need to get up and heat the hard wax over and over again because a warmer will stay right next to you.


1. Pour the hard wax beans into the inner pot of the wax warmer. There are warmers with a fill line marked on the inner pot so don’t go above the line when adding the wax beans. If there’s no fill line, fill the pot not over than two-thirds full.

2. Turn on the wax warmer and turn the temperature knob to the highest temperature. Some modern warmers have LED display and touch buttons to set the temperature to the highest temperature while others have low, medium, and high settings. Leave the warmer for 10-30 minutes, depending on the amount of wax you need to melt.

3. Once the wax is fully melted, turn the temperature down to medium or the midway point. This will retain the honey-like consistency of the wax. Now, it’s time to apply the wax to the desired areas of your body.

Wax Warmer Tips:

  • Never use the machine if its cord or plug is damaged
  • Don’t use the hard wax within two hours after shower or sunbathing.
  • Make sure that the wax is not burning hot before using to skin and don’t apply it on broken or irritated skin.
  • After use, store the cooling wax for the next session or clean the pot by removing the warm wax.
  • Plug out the machine when not in use. Let it cool down before handling or cleaning it.


Hard wax is truly a gentle way to remove unwanted hair in your body. You have three options on how to heat hard wax properly (stove, microwave, and wax warmer) - but if I have to choose the best method, I would choose the wax warmer. A wax warmer heats hard wax the most convenient way at the most precise temperature.

Start hard waxing with any of the methods above!

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