What is sugaring?
Sugaring is the oldest form of hair removal. Early references date 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.
How does it work?
Sugaring Seattle is done with a simple, natural compound of sugar, lemon, and water. Warmed to the consistency of a thick paste, the golden "sugar" ball is 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.
How is sugaring different from waxing?
Compared to waxing, sugaring is:
- Pure and natural. Sugar. Lemon. Water. That’s it. So pure and simple it’s safe enough to eat. Wax, on the other hand, contains resin 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 plain water.
- More sanitary. The sugar paste itself is hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Plus, a fresh ball of sugar paste is used for every client, so there is zero risk of cross-contamination. With waxing, however, 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 (ouch!), sugaring removes only the dead ones. This cuts down on pain (whew!), and the risk of abrasions and redness. Sugar paste is also applied lukewarm, whereas wax is kept hot to remain fluid. Brow burn? No thanks.
- 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.
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