Sugar Wax too Hard: What Can You Do?

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve tried all kinds of recipes but can get your sugar wax to the right consistency?

Do you avoid shaving because it destroys your skin and now looking for a cheap way out?

You’re not alone.

In this article, you’ll learn why your sugar wax is too thick, possible reasons why it’s hard, and how to save it.

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Why Is Your Sugar Wax Too Hard?

There are a couple of reasons your sugar wax gets too thick or too hard.

If the recipe you’re using is wrong, such as not having the right measurement, the sugar wax will end up failing. The solution is simply to look for another recipe with the right measurement and instructions.

The recipe can be good but you’re not following instructions properly. Try and take out time to read the guidelines and follow through.

Another possible cause is cooking it for too long.

The mix should be hard at first but keep handling it and the heat from your hand should get it softer and to the right consistency. Check the stovetop that it is not too hot or cool as it should be.

And this is IMPORTANT… but use a candy thermometer. You likely won’t get it without one. Use at least 260F but not cooler.

Another possible thing could be the brand you’re using. If there is too much VA copolymer in it, it might not melt correctly. To make it work, you need the correct formulation from the right brand.

Some Tips to Help You Wax Without Hardening

  • You should equally consider the humidity of your environment. Making sugar wax share the same concept with candy making.
  • Candy can only be made in low relative humidity. Since the process is quite similar, ensure the humidity is low. If you’re living in a high humidity area, wait till the relative humidity is lower. That way it doesn’t get hardened once you roll it out of the bowl and start handling.
  • Consider following a video on waxing and following the instructions adequately.

Sugar Wax Getting Runny or Sticky

Sugar wax can get too thick, hard, runny, sticky, or too soft. And if you can get it to be consistent, it won’t do its job.

Sugar wax is just a mixture of water, sugar water, and acid that you boil in water. You have to do it at the right temperature. Failing that, it’ll either not hold together or be too hard to spread. In both cases, it’s basically useless.

So, when doing your sugar wax, it’s important to watch the cooking thermometer carefully and take it out once heated.

Sometimes, you just don’t have the luxury of doing it properly. But you don’t have to shave it because you can save it. Here is a simple way to rescue the paste if it’s too hard:

How to Save Sugar Wax That’s Too Hard

  • Step 1. Mix some water with it. Two tablespoons are enough, depending on how thick it is. If it’s very thick, you can add more or less if it’s not.
  • Step 2. Heat until it forms a liquid.
  • Step 3. Add little water and stir
  • Step 4. Leave to cool to room temperature.

Note: The amount of water added in each step depends on how thick the past is. So, use your judgment.


Sugar waxing is like an art. It definitely needs some mastering.

If you don’t get it right the first time, you need to try again. Following instructions is important.

But there are some moving parts that’ll help you make it right all the time. Also, if this is your first time, I’d be patient. With enough tries, you’ll get it and onwards, you’ll always smash it.

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