Hard Wax Beans 101 – Best Depilatory Hard Waxing Beads Reviewed & Explained
It might seem like it, but hairless, smooth skin isn’t just a fantasy – the market is awash with multiple methods for hair removal, and somewhere out there is the method that will work wonders for you. Selecting a hair removal method is no joke, and you need to be careful when you’re looking to choose a method – it needs to be efficient and effective, without hurting your skin in any way!
While methods like shaving, epilating, and hair removal creams might be touted as easy fixes, they’ve all got their cons. Shaving can lead to razor burn and ingrown hairs, and usually causes the hair to grow back really quickly.
Hair removal creams cause no pain, but again, the hair regrowth is super fast and since the hair isn’t removed from the roots, it tends to have blunter ends when it regrows, making it seem coarser and darker.
Using epilators can be pretty painful (I tried, and could never quite get used to that feeling!), although the hair regrowth is generally slower. What really sweeps the floor with all these procedures though, is the genius method of waxing!
Waxing is hardly a new practice – the ancient Greeks and Egyptians were big on hair removal (let’s face it – that smooth, silky feeling is addictive and perfectly waxed skin is a huge confidence booster). They invented what was probably the first wax, made with formulas of beeswax, and sugar melted with lemons.
Since then, newer formulas and methods are constantly being invented, to perfect the art of hair removal. Given its effectiveness and long-lasting effects, waxing is the go-to choice for most women – however, getting an appointment at the waxing salon, and then having to wait for it/keep it can be a major pain sometimes, not to mention the cost (you’d be surprised if you sit down to calculate what you spend at the waxing salon in a year!).
Going the DIY route can save money and gives you more freedom and independence, since you can wax however and whenever you want, but sometimes, the entire process of waxing at home – the inevitable pain, the resulting mess, and the need to keep changing strips – can be really daunting!
I’m an experienced DIY-er (have been doing it myself since I was 19) but I’m not gonna lie, at times just the thought of waxing would wear me out and I’d end up putting it off again and again.
Enter depilatory hard wax beans.
I first saw these little beauties on a friend’s instagram page – tiny, unremarkable-looking colorful hard waxing beads that my friend claimed had “changed her life” and “made waxing a breeze”. Waxing? A breeze? Never heard it described that way before! Curious, I ended up trying them out and GUYS…!
I – a picky and fussy beauty enthusiast, forever in pursuit of the holy grail of perfectly smooth and hairless skin obtained via minimal effort – have become a convert. The simple fact is that they just WORK – effective, close to effortless, easy to use, inexpensive, painless, stripless and mess-free – why aren’t more people using these?? Painlessly obtaining perfectly waxed skin has never been easier!
Aside from possessing visual appeal owing to the wide range of colors in which they are available (which admittedly makes them highly Instagram-able) hard wax beans, also known as hard wax pellets or hard wax beads, are beans made of specially formulated depilatory wax.
The base ingredient for hard stripless wax beans is rosin – an all-natural form of resin which is extracted from pine trees and other coniferous plants. Almost all of the hard wax beans currently on the market claim to be chemical-free, and some have added ingredients which are beneficial for your skin, such as cocoa butter, lavender, chamomile, or aloe – so, barring any cases of allergy or skin conditions such as eczema etc., hard wax beans are safe for all skin types.
To top it off, they come in all kinds of fun scents like chocolate, strawberry, and green tea! Hard wax beans are designed to heat up easily and melt super-quick into an easily spreadable wax, which hardens on the skin (while still remaining pliable) and can easily and painlessly be peeled off the skin using your fingers – no strips required!
Part of the painlessness and smoothness of the procedure can be attributed to the fact that the wax is specially formulated to only grip the hairs – it isn’t sticky and doesn’t adhere stubbornly to the skin (this means no more messes or bruising as a result of waxing).
Their consistency makes them super easy to work with (with practice, you’ll become a pro in no time), and their ability to tightly grip and remove hair (yes, even the strongest, most stubborn hairs) as they harden makes hard wax beans ideal for hair removal on all parts of the body. These little gems can be used on the face (eyebrows, upper lip, beard, you name it), underarms, arms, legs, the bikini line – heck, when you get in enough practice, go for a hard wax Brazilian. These beans are DIY hard wax hair removal goals.
Looking for the cons, the drawbacks, the ifs and buts? Honestly, there really aren’t any. All you’ve got to do is pour the beans into your wax warmer (if you haven’t got one, popping them in a microwave, using a microwave-safe container, will do too – however, for a regular waxing DIY-er, investing in a good wax warmer is a wise idea), let them warm up and melt, then test the temperature, spread them onto your skin using an applicator stick or spatula, give it a couple seconds to harden up (you can test it by tapping it with your fingers), and then simply pull it off painlessly to reveal smooth, hairless skin! Looking for easy, stripless, painless hair removal? Get you hard wax beans that can do it all.
There are several reasons why hard wax beans are gaining traction and becoming so popular among DIY-ers and professionals alike. Firstly, you don’t need any cloth or strips – you can perform stripless waxing using these beads because they harden after application and yet the wax patch remains pliable, meaning it can be easily pulled off with the fingers, without requiring any additional equipment. This makes it a highly convenient, user-friendly method for hair removal.
Hard wax beans are non-sticky and easy to peel off – their unique formula ensures that they don’t stick to the skin and only attach to the hairs, so the wax patches are easy to peel off, effective at pulling the hair out, and result in no mess or stickiness! Stripless, hassle-free waxing? Yes please!
Secondly, using waxing beans for hair removal is quite painless (I say ‘quite’ because the level of pain also depends partly on how you pull off the wax patch and the sensitivity of the area you are waxing). The pain is a major reason why so many people avoid waxing, and frequent screams are the norm in waxing salons.
This is why hard waxing beans are a miracle. Compared to other types of waxing and methods such as epilation, hard wax beads are painless when used correctly. This type of wax does not stick to the skin – it only attaches itself to the hair, tightly gripping it and hardening around it as it dries.
As it dries, it becomes firm but remains pliable, making it super easy to pull off; when pulled, it removes only the hairs, which means there is minimal pain and irritation involved in the process.
This means no cuts, bruises, or rashes, and if you’re careful enough to test the temperature of the wax before you start applying it to your skin, there’s no danger of any burns either!
I have a very low pain threshold (read: I can be a big baby sometimes) and this is one of the things I love the most about hard wax beans – unlike most hard waxes that stick to the skin and cause immense pain and bruising when you rip them off, hard wax beans are gentle and easy on the skin.
Then there is the actual thoroughness and effectiveness of hard wax beans at hair removal. Even coarse, hard hairs are removed with a good application and these beans can be used to easily remove hair from all parts of the body, including legs, armpits and even the face.
Most hairs will be caught in the first pass and even if some are left, you can easily go over them in a second pass during the same waxing session (or tweeze them later if you prefer). Since the application and use of hard wax beans is so easy, they are even used for DIY hard wax Brazilian treatments at home!
However, a DIY Brazilian requires practice so from personal experience I’m just going to advise you all to take it slow, especially if you are new to waxing yourself. Start by practicing on your arm or a patch on your legs, and then try out the wax on small patches of your bikini area (newbies should never try to do large areas in one go) to help yourself get the hang of it. But honestly, the wax beads are so easy to use, with some practice you’ll be a pro in no time!
Another major benefit of these beads is that hard wax beans are compatible with all skin types, including sensitive skin types, which makes them more accessible for a lot of women and men who might not be able to get good results with soft waxes, traditional hair removal creams and other products.
Hard wax beans have effective and long-lasting results – since they pull the hair out from the root, the regrowth can take many weeks to a month. Regular waxing can thin the hair over time, and with hard wax beans, you can be sure that you are not causing any distortion of hair follicles. Other types of wax might damage the hair follicles and lead to pain, unruly hair and/or ingrown hairs if hair is removed in the direction in which it grows, but hard wax beans can safely remove hair at any angle.
Finally, there’s the financial aspect of it all – simply put, hard wax beans are a safe, effective, painless, easy to use, stripless, and mess-free hair removal method which serves as a great and inexpensive alternative to beauty/waxing salons.
Combined, all these advantages make hard wax beans a popular hair removal choice for home waxing and even for professional salon hair removal.
When used correctly, hard wax beans are an effective and painless method for hair removal. So what’s the best way to go about using them? Here is my expert step-by-step breakdown, to ensure you do it just right and achieve the very best results!
For a more detailed, step by step guide on how to use hard wax beads for hair removal, click here.
N.B. I’ve mentioned this previously, but I’ll say it again just to be sure: if you’re new to DIY waxing, start out with practicing on your arms and legs. These are the easiest areas to wax, and messing up (even though that is pretty much impossible with hard wax beans) will not hurt much.
When you start practicing on your face or bikini line, make sure you work on very small areas to start with – do not just apply wax to the entire area! Work in small patches until you get the hang of it. It’ll take some practice, but a DIY Brazilian hard wax with hard wax beans is entirely possible!
The market is inundated with products and as customers we’re spoilt for choice, but not all hard wax beans are created equal. There are so many low-quality beads in the market and if you don’t know better, you might end up using something substandard which can cause pain, create a mess, harm your skin or just outright not work.
Luckily, I’ve tried and tested what the market has to offer, and can guide you through the process of selecting the best hard waxing beans. Check out some of my top recommendations:
This is among my top picks, and hands down one of the best hard wax beans currently available on the market!
Specially formulated by French manufacturer Perron Rigot, Cirepil hard wax beans are super easy to use and I’ve found the formula to be outstanding! It melts into a creamy fluid wax, which is easy to apply, shrink-wraps each hair strand, and remains wonderfully pliable even when dry, allowing you to rip it off with painless ease!
Stripless waxing doesn’t get any better than this - the folks at Wax Necessities sure know how to make a killer product! The formula is super-easy to apply and remove, hardens in no time, and has added chamomile extract, to soothe and calm to skin.
These depilatory hard body wax beans are a revelation. Formulated to remove both thick and fine hair on all body parts, the Auperwel blue wax beans make DIY waxing a piece of cake, and ensure that you don’t break the bank at waxing salons.
Plazuria makes painless waxing a reality with these stripless full-body depilatory wax beads. Whether it’s coarse dark hair or fine fuzz, these wax beans are ideal for any waxing job, and the formula contains added coconut oil and beeswax, for a soothing and moisturizing effect.
These lavender-colored beads allow you to perform depilatory waxing on yourself with ease and in the comfort of your own home. The product melts into an easily spreadable wax with can be removed with your fingers, without the use of strips or cloth - the best part is the procedure is painless!
The end result is smooth, hair-free skin with no mess to clean up and no product residue to remove! How’s that for convenience?
While it is entirely possible to use mason jars to hold the hard wax beans and use a microwave for melting them, I would recommend investing in a proper wax warming machine. The microwave might heat the wax up, but you won’t be able the keep the wax warm at a consistent temperature throughout your waxing session.
I speak from experience here – the one time I used the microwave, I had to keep running back to reheat the wax during my waxing session because it kept getting cold. It was stressful and incredibly inconvenient! Trust me – spring for a good wax warmer and you won’t regret it. A couple of awesome recommendations and some of my tried-and-tested favorites (Top 10 Wax Warmer Reviews Coming Soon):
Gigi Hard Wax Warmer
Salon Sundry Wax Warmer
Check out my guide on how to melt hard wax beads without a warmer!
While it can be peeled off using your fingers, you will need something with which you can apply the warm melted wax beans to your skin. Regular spatulas are totally workable (I’ve found they work okay for large areas like arms, legs, backs, etc.), but in my opinion they don’t really give you the maneuverability that a good applicator stick provides, especially when you are doing tricky areas like the bikini line or parts of your face.
Applicator sticks are pretty inexpensive, really useful, and a must-have for any DIY-er looking to get the most out of their hard wax beans.
Rayson Wax Applicators
If you’re serious about going the DIY route with hard wax beans (and you should be!), there are a couple of complete waxing kits available, which include wax warmers, hard wax beans, and applicator sticks. Try this one, or check out our list for the best home waxing kits available.
Bluezoo Electronic Hard Waxing Kit
Given their natural ingredients, hard wax beans are generally safe for all skin types. However, as with all waxes and hair removal products, you need to make absolutely sure you do not use hard wax beans on broken, irritated, inflamed or injured skin, or on warts, moles, sunburned areas or areas of the skin that have recently been affected by surgery. In addition, be careful not to wax your skin within 2 hours after showering or sunbathing, and do not go for sunbathing, tanning, or exfoliating for at least a day or two after you’ve waxed.
In order to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to the product, test a small bit on a small patch of your skin (preferably on the area inside your forearm) – if, after 24 hours, all seems well and you haven’t developed a rash or experienced any other adverse reactions, it means you are good to go.
Do not use hard wax beans if your skin has reacted badly to wax products in the past. If you have skin conditions/skin-related disorders like eczema, or are using medication that has an impact on your skin, please consult your doctor before use.
Remember guys – hairless, smooth skin is a major goal, but it’s also important to be super careful about your health and skin, so if you think a product is affecting you adversely, discontinue use and consult with a doctor immediately! XOXO
Hardcore beauty enthusiast, fashion maven, fitness fanatic, and aspiring dermatologist, Isabella is a long-time-frequenter-of-waxing-salons turned DIY-er. Always on the lookout for depilatory products that are painless and easy to use, she's a waxing beans convert and determined to teach you everything she's learned about achieving perfectly hairless and smooth skin!