Roll-on waxing is an efficient and effective method for hair removal, favored by many licensed estheticians and salon owners when waxing large areas. This method is a go-to for business owners interested in making services more efficient and effective than ever.

Table of Contents

  • Understanding Roll-On Wax
  • Roll-On Wax Application Process
  • Post Roll-On Wax Care
  • Tips for Best Roll-On Wax Results
  • Final Thoughts
  • In this guide, we’ll cover all things roll-on wax, how to use it, and how to achieve the best results for smooth, long-lasting outcomes for your clients.

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    Understanding Roll-On Wax

    Roll-on wax is a type of soft wax housed in a cartridge with a roller head. 

    The design allows for easy application, reducing mess and ensuring a consistent wax layer. It allows wax to be applied directly to the skin and saves the user from mixing or interacting directly with the wax. It's ideal for large areas like legs, arms, and backs.

    Roll-on Wax should not be used on facial or intimate areas.



    • Exfoliate the client's skin 24-48 hours before the waxing session. This removes dead skin cells, reduces the risk of ingrown hairs, and ensures better wax adhesion to the hair.


    • Clean the area and use pre-wax gel to remove any oils, lotions, or sweat. This step is crucial for effective waxing and reducing the risk of infection.

    Check Wax Temperature:

    • Ensure the wax is at the correct temperature. It should be warm but not too hot to avoid burns. Most professional wax heaters have a temperature control feature.

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    Roll-On Wax Application Process

    Heat the Wax:

    • Insert the wax cartridge into the heater. Allow it to warm up according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually around 20-30 minutes.

    Pre-Wax Care: 

    Test the Wax:

    • Before applying wax to the client, test the wax on your wrist to ensure it's at a comfortable temperature. Test application on a paper wax strip before applying to the client’s skin.

    Apply the Wax:

    • Roll the wax in the direction of hair growth, applying a thin, even layer. Hold the skin taut to reduce discomfort and ensure a clean wax application.

    Apply the Strip:

    • Place a wax strip over the waxed area, pressing down firmly and smoothing in the direction of hair growth.

    Remove the Strip:

    • Hold the skin taut and quickly remove in the opposite direction of hair growth, keeping it as close to the skin as possible to minimize discomfort and avoid breaking the hair during removal.

    Post Wax Care:

    • Apply post-wax oil and post-wax lotion for best results. Proper post-wax care soothes freshly waxed skin and infuses it with hydration and moisture to boost the recovery process.

    Post Roll-On Wax Care

    Soothe the Skin:

    Applying post-wax oil and post-wax lotion helps calm the skin and reduce redness. Ensure your post-wax care products have beneficial ingredients that serve to soothe and nourish skin after waxing. Some of these might include:

    Starpil Original Pre & Post-Wax Care:

    Cinnamon Oil: This antifungal and antibacterial ingredient is used in our Original Post-Wax Lotion to shield freshly-waxed skin and open pores from dirt or bacteria.

    Olive Oil: Starpil’s Post-Wax Oil utilizes this key ingredient to speed skin recovery and prevent water loss post-wax.

    Starpil Starsoft Pre & Post-Wax Care:

    Barley Extract: A key ingredient in our Starsoft lines and Original Pre-Wax Gel, Barley extract contains mild exfoliating properties and antioxidants to calm and prepare skin for waxing.

    Tamanu Oil: Tamanu oil infuses skin with antioxidants and protects it from aging, dark spots, and dryness.

    Vitamin E: Vitamin E promotes skin recovery and repair post-wax and hydrates and brightens the skin.

    Calendula Pre & Post-Wax Care:

    Calendula Extract: Our Calendula pre & post-wax care products are created with Calendula extract to soothe and sanitize oily, acne-prone, or ingrown-prone skin thanks to its anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties. 

    Tea Tree Oil: Another ingredient in our Calendula lines, tea tree oil prevents irritation or inflammation thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

    Vegan Pre & Post-Wax Care:

    Sunflower Seed Oil: This ingredient aids in unclogging pores and protecting skin from bacteria. Containing Vitamin E, oleic acid, and linoleic acid, sunflower seed oil also nourishes and deeply moisturizes skin post-wax.

    Shea Butter: Shea butter is an anti-inflammatory and is loaded with antioxidants to nourish skin after waxing.

    Coral Post-Wax Care:

    Coral Calcium Powder: Found in our Illuminating Oil, Coral calcium powder detoxifies skin, evens tone, and brightens hyperpigmentation.

    Avoid Heat and Friction:

    Advise your clients to avoid hot showers, saunas, and vigorous activities that cause sweating for at least 24 hours after waxing.

    Exfoliation and Moisturization:

    Educate clients and recommend regular exfoliation and moisturizing to prevent ingrown hairs and keep the skin smooth. Clients should start exfoliating 48 hours after the waxing session.

    Pro Tip:

    Starpil Ingrown Hair Serum Spray

    Using this serum 24 hours after a fresh wax to dissipate ingrown hairs before they form and exfoliate the skin.

    Tips for Best Roll-On Wax Results

    Hair Length:

    Ensure the hair is the appropriate length for waxing, typically between 1/4 and 1/2 inch. Hair that is too short won't adhere well to the wax which can result in breakage or inconsistent results. 

    Consistent Technique:

    Use a consistent technique for all clients. This includes the angle of application, the amount of pressure applied, and the speed of strip removal.

    Client Comfort:

    Always prioritize client comfort. Use pre and post-wax care products to enhance the experience and minimize discomfort. If a client has particularly sensitive skin, you can also use Starsoft Roll-On Wax to give them great results while reducing pain or irritation.

    Professional Products:

    Use high-quality professional roll-on wax products. Check out our range of professional roll-on waxes here. Only use roll-on wax with roll-on warmers compatible with your cartridges.


    Ensure all staff members are properly trained in roll-on waxing techniques. Regular training sessions can help keep everyone updated on the best practices.

    Troubleshooting Common Issues

    Wax Not Adhering:

    If the wax isn't adhering well, ensure the skin is clean and dry. Check the wax temperature and ensure it's applied evenly.

    Ingrown Hairs:

    Prevent ingrown hairs by advising clients to exfoliate regularly and moisturize the skin. 

    Skin Irritation:

    Minimize skin irritation by using using the correct techniques during both application and removal. Use soothing products post-wax to reduce further irritation or inflammation. Always consult with your client prior to waxing to see if they’re particularly prone to inflammation or breakouts post-wax.

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    Final Thoughts

    Roll-on waxing is an excellent method for efficient hair removal, especially in professional settings. Its portable and convenient design cuts waxing service times in half, makes waxing large areas a breeze, and eliminates cross-contamination or mess for ultra-hygienic services. Along with our wide formula ranges catering to clients with normal, hypersensitive, oily, dry skin types and more, roll-on lets you wax all skin and hair types with ease.

    By following these detailed steps and tips, you can ensure the best results for your clients, leading to smooth, long-lasting outcomes and a positive waxing experience.

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