How to use hair wax: Your complete guide

Emily | 28 May 2016

Master the art of the hair wax to nail any look.

Hair wax is one of those old school hair products that isn’t going anywhere. Containing little to no water, hair wax is renowned for its ability to sculpt and mould hair as it accentuates a style. And while it might typically be used on men’s hair, hair wax is actually a brilliant styling product for women that can work on a variety of hair types as it plays with texture, enhances thickness, and creates a frizz-free effect. Plus, hair wax creates super quick and easy styles, especially useful when you just want one catch-all product to sweep into your hair before stepping out the door. Ready to know how it can work for you? Read on to learn more about hair wax and how you can use it to enhance all manner of styles.

How to use hair wax

A little goes a long way with hair wax. To style hair, you really only need a small 10p-piece amount (yes, even on long hair). You can use wax on damp hair to create soft shape before drying, or on dry hair as a finishing product to perfect your look.

For damp hair, warm wax between the palms of your hands and use your fingertips to distribute it through the lengths of your hair. A light touch will help to spread the product evenly throughout your hair so it doesn’t weigh down your locks. For dry hair, warm wax as above, and apply to the ends of your hair using a light touch with your fingertips, twisting as needed for definition.

Bonus: hair wax doesn’t make your hair hard or stiff, so you can actually mold and restyle your look throughout the day.

Using hair wax on all hair lengths:

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Style your short crop with hair wax. Credit: Dvora

Short hair

Pixie cut: Hair wax is the go-to styling product for those with a pixie cut. It’s super easy to effortlessly mould and sculpt your layers into your desired style with just a few sweeps of product. Simply use your fingertips to twist some VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax (£2.99*) through the ends of your hair for a tousled, textured look.

Bobs: The classic bob doesn’t need too much product, but wax is a great way to play with texture as you scrunch your hair (especially if you have layers) or use it to tame down any flyaways or frizz.

Mohawk: Rocking a mohawk (even if it’s faux)? Keep that look styled all day long with an extra-hold hair wax. Opt for one that will not only maintain your style, but one that also holds its own during various weather conditions.

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Achieve a gorgeous sheen to your hair with hair wax. Credit: Dvora

Medium-length hair

Medium waves: If you’ve got mid-length hair, use wax to create or enhance waves. Simply warm some TIGI S-Factor Creamy Molding Wax (£17.45*) between your fingers and comb them through your curls, concentrating on the ends, to separate and define them into natural-looking waves.

Choppy layers: Those with choppy layers can use hair wax to define the ends and layers of their hair. Warm the wax in your palms, and using a light touch, shake your hands through your mid-lengths and ends to add body and texture.

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Tame any flyaways on long hair using hair wax. Credit: Dvora

Long hair 

Sleek long hair: Achieve a sleek, polished look by using a hair wax to tame frizz and flyaways after styling. Tip: try mixing your wax with a few drops of Toni&Guy Glamour Serum Drops (£7.49*) to help add shine, too!

Long layers: Hair wax is perfect for texturised, long layered locks. Use it to play with your length as you sculpt and mold your layers for a glam blowout look.

Dreads: Sculpt those directional dreadlocks with hair wax, which will work to bind your strands together and minimise flyaways.

What is your favourite use for hair wax?

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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