How to apply styling wax: 15 steps (with pictures)

How to apply styling wax: 15 steps (with pictures)
How to apply styling wax: 15 steps (with pictures)

Styling wax can help you change your look or accentuate your hairstyle. You can use it to style your bangs, to give volume to thin hair, to tousle your hair, and even to shape your beard. Styling wax generally works best with short or medium length hair, but you can experiment with it several times to find the look you like.


Part 1 of 3: using wax for particular hairstyles

Step 1. Style your bangs

Run your fingers through your bangs to part the hair. Grab your bangs between your fingers, then spread the wax all over the hair. Handle your bangs: drop them down, pull them up, straighten them into a point, etc. The wax will keep your bangs in the position you give them.

Step 2. Accentuate layered hairstyles

Twist the ends of your hair around your waxed fingers. Curl or group the ends of your hair any way you like. This will give your hair a more lively and edged style.

Step 3. Create a jump out of bed look

Spread wax through your hair, then tousle it for a bed-hopping effect. Try to accentuate the strands of hair by twisting some of them between your waxed fingers.

Step 4. Create flexible curls that last for a long time

Natural, styled curls tend to be more elastic and hold longer once you style them with styling wax. Spread wax all the way to the ends of the hair. Try to follow the natural curve of your hair.

Step 5. Add volume to fine hair

Spread small amounts of wax up to the roots. Don't forget about it and make sure you cover your entire head with it. When you have finished applying the wax, style your hair with a hair dryer with a heat diffuser installed.

Consider finishing your look by adding a little hairspray so your hair doesn't flatten out during the day. This is even more useful if your fine hair does not keep its volume throughout the day

Step 6. Give your hair a blown back hairstyle

Slide your waxed fingers from your scalp all the way through the hair. This will give them a blown back effect. Continue to style your hair until you achieve the desired hairstyle.

Part 2 of 3: Style Facial Hair With Styling Wax

Step 1. Style unruly eyebrows with wax

Comb the hairs of your eyebrows so that they are all pointing in the same direction, then spread a small amount of wax on each eyebrow using the tip of your finger. Wax is an ideal solution for naturally dark or bushy colored eyebrows immediately after shaving.

Step 2. Style your mustache with wax

You can use styling wax for hair, but there are also products made especially for mustaches. They are generally harder and less viscous than standard products. Rub the wax between your fingers until it becomes warm, smooth, and lump-free.

  • For a more natural look, massage a small amount of wax onto your mustache and do not curl the ends. Try using a mustache comb. Dry the wax with a blow dryer in the hot position, but at a low speed to mix it into the bristles.
  • For a more exuberant style, such as a handlebar mustache, apply more product and twist the ends to form spikes. If you have a particularly long or bushy mustache, consider grabbing the hairs at the base of the mustache and twisting them so they don't pull out. When you have waxed all over your mustache, curl the ends until they hold on their own.

Part 3 of 3: The Basics of Using Styling Wax

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Step 1. Purchase styling wax

Read reviews about a certain brand before you buy it. Some waxes work best for short hair, others dissolve in water, and still others are designed for styling beards. Many commercial styling waxes are made from petroleum, but you can also use natural products like beeswax, carnauba wax, and vegetable wax. Decide what type of wax you need for your hair and find the right product.

  • Many styling waxes leave a sticky residue that is difficult to remove. However, many waxes that leave little residue do not allow you to hold your hair in place as well as standard products. Look for a wax that offers a good balance between its styling effects and the deposit of residue.
  • You can find styling wax in pharmacies, at your hairdresser or in any place where hair products are sold. Usually, you can order these products over the Internet. Make sure you shop around and read the reviews before you buy it.
  • Consider using natural wax. Carnauba wax is extracted from the leaves of a palm tree and beeswax is taken from beehives. Japanese wax, also called vegetable wax, is extracted from berries produced by a tree that resembles sumac. In contrast, we find waxes derived from petroleum called mineral waxes or ceresin wax, they tend to have no color or odor.

Step 2. Apply styling wax to your dry or slightly damp hair

Moisten your hair and dry it with a towel. While you are drying them, try to give them the rough shape that you are going to give them with the wax. This will give you a base that you can accentuate with the wax. When your hair is dry, you are ready to apply the wax.

  • Depending on the texture and length of your hair, applying wax can cause a change in contour, shape, and waves as your hair dries. If you apply styling wax while the roots are wet, your hair may lose volume.
  • Styling wax is drier than other styling products and may hold your hair better if you apply it to slightly wet hair. If you dampen your hair, it should be almost completely dry when you spread the wax.
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Step 3. Make sure you are fully dressed when applying the wax

If you try to dress after applying the wax, you risk rubbing your hair against your shirt or dress and ruining your hairstyle. In addition, you could put a little wax on your clothes. If you must dress after applying the wax, be very careful not to touch your hair with your clothes.

Step 4. Take some wax on your finger, whether it is index, middle or ring finger

You don't need much, a dab, as wide as your fingernail, is usually sufficient for medium length hair. If you apply too much wax at one time, the wax will not spread evenly and the wax will have a hard time sticking to your hair. If you think you need more wax, you can always take more.

  • You can apply the wax with one hand or with both. You might find it helpful to keep one of your hands clean and wax-free, but you'll be able to coat your hair with wax more quickly if you spread it with both hands.
  • Wax might stick to your fingers more easily if you wet them first. However, you should avoid getting your hands too wet to apply the wax.

Step 5. Rub the wax between the tips of your fingers

Knead the wax until it foams. The wax should be hot and melt in the heat of your hands so that no lumps remain. When the wax is smooth and lump-free, it's ready to smear all over your hair.

Step 6. Re-style the wax if necessary

As the wax dries, it may no longer hold your hair properly. If your hair gets messy during the day, just dampen your fingers and re-style your hair. Do not rinse the wax from your hair. Just dampen the wax to be able to re-style your hair.

If the problem returns, consider carrying a small box of wax with you to quickly touch up your hair. There are little boxes of wax that you can slip into your purse, backpack, or pocket, and you can re-style your hair anywhere you find a sink and mirror

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Step 7. Rinse the wax from your hair

You can't brush your hair to get the wax off, you have to wash it properly using shampoo. If you've been waxing your hair all day, wash your hair before going to bed. You wouldn't want to sleep with wax all over your hair. In addition, the wax could clump in your hair and fall all over your bed.


  • Make sure you don't use too much wax. If you put on too much wax could be visible in your hair and your hair could stick together while it dries. As a general rule, only use a dab of wax each time.
  • Make sure you spread the wax well. The wax will no longer be seen once you smear it through your hair.

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