How It Works
Sugaring (sometimes known as sugar waxing) is an ancient Egyptian hair removal treatment which uses a mixture of sugar, lemon and water to remove hair. There are two methods of sugaring:
- the traditional technique uses a thick paste which is at room temperature or heated to a lukewarm temperature. It is first applied in the opposite direction of hair growth using the hands and then it is massaged into the hair follicles in the direction of growth slowly pulling the hairs from their roots with it.
- the other method is similar to waxing in which a honey-like paste is applied at a lukewarm temperature with wooden sticks or a spatula against the direction of hair growth. Cloth or paper strips are then pressed onto the paste and pulled off in the direction of hair growth taking the unwanted hairs with it.
Sugaring can be repeated after around 1-2 weeks of hair growth as the hairs only need to be 1/8 inch in length so that the paste is able to bind to the hairs. See this article for sugaring hair removal tips before, during and after treatment.
Sugaring paste is made from natural ingredients with no chemicals or resins which means that it’s safe for your body and ideal for those with sensitive skin. The paste is used at room temperature or at a lukewarm temperature, therefore it won’t burn your skin and it removes hair without pulling at the skin so it is gentle and is less painful than other hair removal techniques. It actually gently exfoliates dead skin cells so your skin is left silky and smooth. Also because sugaring removes hair in the direction of hair growth, this also makes it less painful as opposed to extracting hair against the direction of growth.
Sugaring can be done at home or by a professional. It can be expensive if done by a professional but if you’re able to do it yourself, it’s cheap to make your own sugaring paste or there are also affordable home kits available. As the sugaring paste is water soluble, it is easy to clean up and any remaining residue can be washed off after the procedure. If it is done by a professional it can be a very quick procedure as large amounts of hair can be taken out at once.
It is suitable for removing coarse, stubborn hairs as well as fine hairs all over the body and face and it is so gentle that you can use it over an area that has just been sugared to catch any missed hairs. It does not cause ingrown hairs and can sometimes even correct them and it can also be used to treat various skin problems including eczema and psoriasis.
Sugaring lasts longer than traditional waxing and can lead to permanent reduction of hair growth as frequent sugaring can damage the hair follicles and therefore hair will stop growing.
Sugaring can be difficult to do yourself and it can be hard to find a professional that is able to use the traditional sugaring technique as it requires high technical ability. If you make your own sugaring paste to use at home, it can also be hard to get the correct consistency.
Some hair growth is needed between treatments so there may be some periods of time when you’re not completely hair free.