Hard wax is first applied as a liquid. It goes on the skin a lot thicker than the soft wax. It then hardens after it cools off and the wax is removed without the use of a muslin strip. Hard wax works better on short and more coarse hair and has a lower chance of burning the skin because it is kept at a temperature just a little higher than the normal body temperature. Furthermore, because hard wax dries to the hairs and does not pull on the skin, this minimizes discomfort and reduces the possibility of skin irritation. Due to this, hard wax is recommended for sensitive areas (such as the vagina for a Brazilian, the underarms, etc) or working with overly sensitized skin.