Hard wax beans claim to provide users with a pain-free, strip-free, mess-free waxing experience that is easy enough to do at home. Unlike typical yellow soft wax that you’re likely to encounter in salons, melted hard wax beans dry on their own and harden, as the name implies, so that you don’t need to use any cloth or paper strips to rip off the wax. You also don’t have to apply any pre-wax serums or oils, and hard wax beans also claim not to leave any residue. Painless Wax offers a few different lines of wax formulas, some with essential oils such as chamomile or aloe vera that provide an extra safety net for more sensitive skin. Painless Wax beans also claim that they can be pulled off smoothly, save you dozens if not hundreds of daughter at salons or buying shaving products, and do not adhere to the skin at all but rather stick tightly to hairs only, which is what makes them so easy and painless to use!
We wanted to see whether these supposed miracle beans can actually live up to all these expectations. Can Painless Wax beans really remove all body hair without causing any mess or stress? Even if it’s pain-free, are the results actually good enough to warrant spending your money on these products? Read on to find out what we learned!
Background: Why Wax is a Popular Hair Removal Method
Pain or no pain, people have been flocking to salons to get their unwanted body hair ripped out by professionals for decades! Waxing has been a popular choice for so long because it delivers a truly hairless experience, pulling out the hairs by the roots. Hairs are tapered, so shaving simply cuts off the part of the hair that sticks out of the skin but does not remove it from the body. This is what causes that annoying stubble. Since waxing removes hair from the roots, it gives a truly smooth result.
Dermatologists warn that any hair removal mechanism can lead to bumps and irritation, and even though waxing removes hairs completely, the harsh yanking out of the hair causes microscopic tears underneath the skin. This leads to redness and some tenderness, but if the skin is properly cleaned, it shouldn’t lead to infections or other problems. Most professionals recommend soaking the skin in warm water, and if you were to get waxed at a salon, you’d probably be given a sample of post-wax lotion to apply to the area.
What Makes Painless Wax Beans Different?
If you’re familiar with wax in general, you probably won’t be surprised by the first few steps involved in using Painless Wax Beans at home. The beans can be simply melted in a heater, stirred with a disposable wooden spatula (Painless Wax’s hard wax beans come in a variety of different colors, so you might feel a bit like a witch stirring a cauldron!). Then, the melted wax can be applied to the skin in a smooth, even layer with the spatula once the wax reaches a thick, creamy consistency.
This is where Painless Wax beans claim to be different. They claim that in less than a minute, the wax will be hard enough that it can be simply pulled off with your bare hands. So it’s important that you make one end of the patch of wax that you applied on your skin a bit thicker than the other end, to give you a bit of a handle to grip. Soft wax that does not dry or harden needs to be removed by first pressing a strip of cloth or paper on top of the wax before tearing it off. With melted hard wax beans, simply grab the handle of the cooled wax and pull the melted wax off in the direction of the hair growth. The fact that no additional products are necessary for hair removal is one of the major perks of Painless Wax hard wax beans.
However, salons and DIY-ers alike have been debating the use of hard wax vs soft wax for awhile now. Many salons prefer to use soft wax on areas such as the eyebrows and upper lip because the gooey, soft consistency makes it easier to sculpt out a precise shape (recall that hard wax beans claim to dry and harden within seconds). However, hard wax is generally thought to be cleaner, easier to use, and, of course, less painful on other areas of the body.
Ingredients in Painless Wax Beans
Different variations of the hard wax formula include certain essential oils and other natural products, such as aloe vera, green tea, and more. For the purposes of this review, we used the original formula, which contains lavender. Lavender is a soothing essential oil whose aroma is believed to have a calming, sleep-inducing effect. The amount of lavender present in the hard wax beans is definitely not high enough to put you to sleep, so don’t worry - it’s safe to assume that it’s only for the scent and for soothing the skin. Painless Wax hard wax beans also contain natural rosin.
Rosins and their derivatives, also sometimes called colophony, refer to the distilled, solidified forms of natural resins from plants including juniper, pine trees, cedar trees, and more. Resins help protect trees from insects and other pathogens. Resin is not the same thing as tree sap, but it is a sticky substance that certain trees produce to nourish their outer cells. Resins have been used for centuries by different cultures as a type of sealant, but it’s also been found in different cosmetic products because of their smooth, adhesive abilities.
Still unsure what this means? The bottom line is that many brands of at-home waxing products will claim that their products are “chemical-free.” Every type of matter, including plant-based substances, is a type of chemical, but that doesn’t mean they are unsafe! You can be sure that the natural ingredients are safe for normal skin types, but if you have any kind of skin allergies or conditions such as eczema, it’s recommended that you talk to a dermatologist before putting anything on your skin. Especially when you’re working at home, you’ll want to apply a small area of the wax to your wrist (where the skin is thin) for two reasons. First, you want to make sure the temperature is safe; second, you’ll be testing if your skin is sensitive to any of the ingredients. If luck is not on your side and you do have a reaction, it will be contained to a small area of your skin.
How Cost Effective is At-Home Waxing?
Typical salons charge anywhere from $10-20+ (not counting the tip!) for an eyebrow wax, $50+ for a bikini wax, and anywhere from $20-60+ for arms, legs, backs, and other areas. Of course, we don’t recommend trying to shape your own eyebrows or wax your own bikini area at home, but if you want smooth underarms or legs and don’t have $50 to spend at a salon, practicing with at-home wax might be the perfect solution for you.
Shaving products are available on a drugstore-budget, but these run out and have to be replaced often, as do hair-removal creams (which most dermatologists do not recommend due to the harsh chemicals). A wax heater is a one-time $30-50+ investment (depending on the brand, size, sales events, etc.), and bags of wax beans cost from $10-20 depending on the size. Think about it - you probably won’t use a whole bag of beans on just your legs, and even if you do, you’ll be truly hairless for a few weeks as new hairs are generated and grow in. This will give you a much more smooth result than shaving, where the hairs continue to grow back (since they were never removed in the first place).
There’s no reason not to give Painless Wax hard wax beans a try! Be sure to go into the experience with an open mind and understand that it might take some practice to get the results you want. Wax beans that grip only the hair and not the skin are definitely going to be less painful than soft waxes that stick to the skin, but everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so it’s hard to claim that a product is truthfully completely pain-free.
Be sure to share your experience with Painless Wax hard wax beans! Did you find them as mess-free and pain-free as they claimed?