What is sugaring?
Sugaring is the oldest form of hair removal dating back to ancient Egypt! While the process and safety standards have surely evolved, it is just as much an art form today as it was back then. Sugaring is a fantastic alternative to waxing and other methods, especially those with sensitive skin.
How does it work?
Hair removal is achieved by using a natural compound of sugar, lemon juice, and water. The texture is similar to a thick caramel and applied to the skin at room temperature or slightly warmed, never hot, unlike wax. The sugar paste is then gently molded along the area of hair growth. With a quick flick of the wrist, unwanted hair is removed at the follicle in the natural direction of growth. With swift but thorough attention, the process is repeated until the desired look or shape is achieved.
Sugaring vs Waxing
- Pure and natural. Sugar. Lemon. Water. That’s it. Yes, it's edible! Wax, on the other hand, contains resins and other chemicals you might not want to touch, much less allow near your sensitive parts. Waxing also requires chemical solvents for clean-up, whereas sugar comes off with just water.
- Sanitary! Zero risk of cross-contamination. The sugar paste itself is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. A fresh ball of sugar paste is used for every client, so there no double dipping, ever. With waxing, a single pot of wax is used for multiple clients, upping the risk of bacterial growth and contamination.
- Less painful. While wax adheres to live skin cells, sugaring removes only the dead ones. This cuts down on pain, abrasions, and redness. Since the sugar is always at a lukewarm temperature there is zero risk of being burned.
- More effective, longer lasting. Sugaring removes hair along the natural direction of growth, but waxing does just the opposite. By working against the grain, so to speak, waxing can not only be more painful, but also presents greater risk for hair breakage, ingrown hairs, and unsightly bumps.
- Both gentle and thorough. Sugaring works on hair that is only 1/8-inch long, or roughly 7-10 days growth for most people. Waxing, on the other hand, requires at least 2-3 weeks growth. Sugaring is also gentle enough to work on the tiny vellus hairs that grow on some women’s faces, whereas waxing can be too abrasive.