How to Melt Hard Wax Beans Without a Warmer

Hard wax beads are a total game changer as far as waxing for hair removal is concerned – no question about it! However, methods for usage can vary. While there is a correct overall method for how to use hard wax beads for hair removal, individual steps within that procedure do allow room for multiple options. One such example is the different ways to melt hard wax beads.

The best way to melt hard wax beans is a topic that’s up for debate. Everyone’s got their set methods that they swear by, and if you’re looking for info on how to melt wax beads at home, the internet is overflowing with tips and tricks left right and center.

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However, most of it is the same few methods repeated again and again. So I’m going to break it down for you guys – when it comes to selecting how to melt wax beans for hair removal, there are basically 3 main methods you can try out to see which one suits you the most.

Before we begin, I’d like to make clear that the key component of a great wax warming method should be even heat distribution. You want the heat to spread evenly throughout the wax beads (and you will obviously help the process along by stirring the mixture intermittently with a wooden spoon/spatula/applicator stick, etc.), so all of it melts smoothly into a creamy and fluid mixture.

Melting Hard Wax Beans

Waxing beads are great because, unlike large, sticky lumps of wax, they are small and consistent in size, which makes it easy to achieve even heat distribution while melting them! When it comes to melting hard wax beads at home, there are three main ways you can go about it, and two of these methods can be done without a wax warmer.

N.B. Regardless of which wax melting method you choose, please practice CAUTION. You are dealing with heat, and a substance that will become very, very hot and fluid once it is melted (trust me, the fluidity of it may surprise you, especially if it is your first time handling wax). Handle with extreme care, please!

How to melt hard wax beans using a stove

The stove is one of your options if you’re looking for tips on how to melt hard wax beans without wax heaters. Some people like to use candles to melt their wax too, but I don’t understand how anyone can have the patience for that.

Unless you’re warming just enough to wax your eyebrows or a really tiny area, warming wax with a candle has got to be an unnecessarily lengthy and frustrating process. Plus, I’m sure getting even heat distribution with a candle is pretty much impossible. If you’re going to use more traditional heating methods, the stove is your best bet.

melting wax on stove

Now, when it comes to using a stove for this purpose, a lot of people put their wax in a pot and stick it directly on the stove – however, that kind of harsh, direct, untempered heat does not lead to even heat distribution and can really ruin your wax (and the pot). Instead, I’m going to advise a simple steamer/double-boiler method:

  1. Take a clean steamer pot, or any other kind of pot really as long as it is tall-ish. Fill 3/4ths of the pot with water and place it on the stove.
  2. Set the heat under the pot to medium, and allow it to gradually come to a gentle boil. Then, lower the heat and keep the water at a slow, steady simmer.
  3. Next, grab a clean, dry heat-proof bowl that is large enough to fit over the top of the pot with water in it, without sinking into it completely. You should be able to perch the bowl on top of the steamer pot so that it stays suspended above the water and does not actually  touch its surface.
  4. Pour the desired quantity of wax beans into the heatproof bowl. The steam rising from the water below will gently heat your bowl, and slowly and evenly melt your wax beans. Give them a little help by stirring the wax with a wooden spoon/applicator/spatula every now and then, until it reaches the consistency you desire.
  5. Your wax is now melted and ready to use! A word of caution: never use the wax directly from the double boiler – always take it off the heat before you begin using it. If desired, you can even pour it into another clean container you can easily use it out of.

How to melt wax beads in microwave

using microwave to melt hard waxing beads

The microwave is another option for those looking to melt wax without a wax warmer. Here’s the low-down on how to melt hard wax beans in the microwave:

  1. Firstly, turn the power wattage down! Microwaves nuke everything you put in them, but that’s because most of us keep our microwaves at full power by default. Gentle and steady heat is the key to achieving ideally melted wax, and to do that, you need to bring the microwave’s power setting down to at least 20% (10% would be even better, but it’ll slow down the process significantly too, so be prepared to be patient!). Melting wax at full microwave temperature does not even heat distribution make.
  2. Next, grab a clean, dry microwave-safe bowl, and pour in the desired quantity of wax beads. Then, go ahead and place the bowl in the microwave. Do not cover the bowl with anything!
  3. Set the microwave timer for a duration of 10 seconds. When it hits the mark, take the bowl out and give the contents a little stir. Put it back in for another 10 seconds, and when the time is up, take the bowl out once again to give the wax a gentle stir.
  4. Repeat this process until the wax is melted and reaches the desired consistency. Keep microwaving the bowl for 10-second periods, taking it out after every interval to give the contents a stir and check their progress.
  5. When it reaches the consistency of runny honey, your wax is fully melted and ready to use!

The BEST way to melt hard wax beans – The Case For Wax Warmers

melting hard wax beads in wax warmer

So while the stove and microwave are perfectly workable methods for melting wax without a wax warmer, they’re not exactly the most effective or convenient. I’ve been waxing myself (and my sister sometimes) ever since i was 19, and experience has taught me that a wax warmer is without a doubt the best way to heat up wax at home. The nifty little appliance is worth it in every way.

I have so many people asking me for ways to melt wax without warmers, but honestly guys, think about it – just how much is a wax warmer going to set you back? Most people spend more than that on other stuff anyway. If you are buying wax, you can afford to buy a little wax warmer too! If you choose wisely, it’ll be a one-time purchase.

So cut back on the takeout for a week or two, tough it out without your Starbucks for a couple of mornings, or make do with the cheap wine for one weekend – it can be done! Wax warmers are really not that expensive compared to most of the stuff we splurge on, and their benefits are immense – they are hands down THE most convenient wax warming method for DIY waxing. In addition, you’ll find that the purchase will be worth it once you start DIY waxing and saving majorly on waxing salon bills. It just makes sense.

Personally, I’ve been down the “I’m going to save money and melt my wax with the stove/microwave” route, and I found that it just isn’t worth it, considering the fact that a wax warmer is such a small, one-time expense. I choose to place a higher value on my time and effort, and a wax warmer saves me both. Like most people out there, I’ve got a million things to do; I don’t want “struggle to properly melt wax beads with stove/microwave” to be one of them.

Add to that the fact that with the stove or microwave, it is frickin’ hard to keep the wax at the perfect, melted consistency for a longer period of time. Pretty soon, it turns stringy and starts to solidify, so you’ve got to drop what you’re doing, put your waxing session on hold, and go off to fire up the stove/microwave all over again. Such a pain. Wax warmers are portable and convenient – you can plug them in wherever you plan to do your waxing, and they will keep the wax at the perfect temperature and consistency for you throughout your waxing session.

If you’re interested, here are a few quick expert’s recommendations for the best wax warmer for your DIY waxing needs.

Best Wax Warmers in 2020

GiGi Wax Warmer

Gigi Hard Wax Warmer

I’m just going to go ahead and spill the beans – the GiGi wax warmer, and the Cirepil blue wax beads are the secret to flawlessly smooth and hair-free skin. Not trying to brag here (hey, we’ve all got that one special thing about our appearance that we’re really proud of and get complimented on, right?), but I’ve had soooo many queries about what I do to keep my skin perfectly smooth, meticulously waxed, and always hair-free – this is half of the answer right here.

The GiGi wax warmer is hands down the best wax heater to buy – or one of them! It is uber reliable and effective – a trusty little appliance that does what it’s supposed to, and does it well. Combined with Cirepil waxing beadsit honestly makes waxing such a breeze for me, I don’t even think of it as a chore anymore. Interested? Check out the GiGi wax warmer here.

Easy to Use Hot Wax Warmer

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Another cool little wax heater you can buy if you’re looking to save money. It has a 15 oz can, but the heating up process takes significantly longer than it does with the GiGi and Makartt wax warmers. However, a little waiting never killed nobody, amirite? Check out this wax warmer here.

Depileve Deluxe Warmer

best wax warmer

Another cool option that is simple, effective, and really easy to use and clean! This wax warmer has a 14oz can, and a break-resistant lid, in case you should have a *clumsy moment*. Check out the Depileve Deluxe Warmer here.

[FCC Certified] Yeelen Hair Removal Hot Wax Warmer

best wax warmer

A pretty little purple colored wax warmer! The purple does make it hard to resist, but don’t go by color alone – this is a mean little machine that means business and will get the waxing job done. Super easy and safe to use, this warmer will save you time by melting your wax in just 8 minutes! How’s that for convenience? Check out the Yeelen hot wax warmer here.

Makartt Wax Warmer Electric Hair Removal

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The best wax warmer machine to buy on a budget! It has a 14 oz can like the GiGi wax warmer, and an auto shut-off function, so the wax never gets too hot and remains at the perfect consistency for your waxing needs. Have a look at the Makartt wax warmer here.

General safety advice for using hard wax beans

Given their natural ingredients, hard wax beads for hair removal 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 waxing beads, 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 hair removal 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

About the Author Isabella Avon

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!

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