What is sugaring?
Sugaring is a method of removing hair from your body. It’s the most natural form of hair removal available and can be used on your face, arms, legs, bikini area, anywhere.
Most sugaring recipes are all natural and consist of three main ingredients – sugar, lemon, and water. They are free of toxic chemicals and any ingredients that could damage your skin.
The Benefits of Sugaring
- Sugar is removed in the direction of hair growth. This causes less breakage and fewer ingrown hairs than its alternatives, fist bump!!
- No worries about getting burned with crazy hot temperatures, the sugar is only heated to a natural body temperature.
- Only 10 days of hair growth is required for an effective sugaring treatment, as opposed to 3-4 weeks that other alternatives need. You get to skip crazy awkward long hair moments!
- An excellent alternative for those with sensitive skin.
- A sugaring treatment is easily removed with water and does not leave you feeling sticky.
- The hair grows back thinner and softer after a sugaring treatment.
How Sugaring Works
Skipping the strips, your esthetician will smooth a sweet sugary paste onto your skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. When applied, the sugar is molded onto the skin a few times, then your esthetician will flick it off in the direction of your hair growth. This helps to keep the hair intact and avoid breakage.
Pro Sugaring Tips
- Hair grows in cycles. If you remove it in the middle of a growth cycle, the longer it will take to regrow. If you sugar regularly, your hair will become finer and thinner over time. The ideal cycle is typically every 25 days, but if your growth cycle is different, we will work with you!
- The more often you sugar, the less often you’ll have to in the long run!
- Men’s facial hair is rough, coarse, and thick – this is the only area that sugaring is not recommended for.
Wait, what about waxing?
Waxing has been around forever. It’s a semi-permanent method of hair removal. There is Hard wax and Soft waft.
Hard wax is applied in a thick layer in the direction of hair growth. It is then left to sit for about 30 seconds to a minute to ‘harden’ by itself. Once the Wax is hard, the skin is held taught and the wax is removed in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Soft Wax is where a thin layer of hot wax is applied to the skin and a Muslin Strip is smoothed firmly on top of the wax. Then the strip is removed quickly in the opposite direction of your natural hair growth.
Both hard wax and soft wax will adhere to live skin and lift a few layers of healthy skin. That is why you leave the waxing salon with raw, red skin. Hard wax will not immediately adhere to live skin, but if it is put in the same spot a few times, it will start to lift the skin. Soft wax will adhere to live skin the first time is put down, so it can only put down on an area once. Because of this I never brought soft wax into my studio. I bought a wax pot for hard wax, but never ended up using it because hello. Sugar.
The Downside of Waxing
- According to experts, traditional waxing can leave 15 to 30 percent of breakage behind. This is because the wax hardens on the hair and breaks it off at the surface rather than pull it out. Super lame for long-term results.
- It hurts! Like seriously hurts. Pain, discomfort, you name it.
- You need 3-4 weeks of growth in order to get waxed. That means super awkward long growth periods in some of your most intimate places that you do not want hair.
- Red bumps and ingrown hairs often occur after waxing, along with minor bleeding. Yuck.
Sugaring Vs. Waxing – Which one is better?
Sugaring. All the way. Every day.
It’s natural. It’s sweet, literally – you could actually eat the mixture if you really wanted to (though we don’t recommend it). Sugaring hurts less than waxing and gets better results.
What else do I need to say here? Try it once and I promise you’ll be convinced. If you have questions about the sugaring process or please email me at email@example.com and I can answer any questions for you!
Still trying to make up your mind? Here are a few notes to consider:
- The paste used in sugaring does not contain any chemicals. It is safer for your skin and hypoallergenic. Bacteria cannot grow in a tub of sugar, but actually breeds in inside a tub of wax making cross contamination and possible infection a major concern.
- The process of sugaring actually exfoliates your skin, as it removes dead skin cells along with the hair. The paste does not adhere to live skin cells – bonus!
- Waxing is more painful than sugaring due to the heat, removal process, and the fact that it can adhere directly to live skin cells – actually causing damage to your skin with the chance of scaring and causing general irritation.
When you’re ready, book an appointment and you’ll be on your way to having smooth, beautiful skin! I can’t wait to work with you.