Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)
Sugaring is a traditional form of hair removal which has been in use since ancient times.
Sugaring is similar to waxing (and so is often called sugar waxing or Persian waxing). In place of wax a paste formed from a mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water and heated to a softball candy like consistency is used. Once the paste has cooled enough not to burn the skin it is applied to the area with unwanted hair and strips of cotton cloth are placed onto the paste and then pulled off very quickly against the direction of hair growth, taking the hair with it.
Of course it hurts to pull out hair however you do it, but many find sugaring less painful than waxing. And any residue left behind (which can be a problem with waxing) can be easily washed away.
Regrowth is just as slow too with sugaring, with hairs taking a number of weeks to grow back in and hair grows in without the stubble you would get with a hair removal method like shaving. Many find that the hairs grow finer and more sparse over time.
As sugaring uses completely natural kitchen-ingredient type substances it is less likely to give the allergic reactions that you sometimes get with other hair removers. And if you do it at home, it costs very little although you may want to have the procedure done at a beauty salon or spa the first few times so that you can see how a professional beauty therapist does this and the correct consistency of the paste etc or ask for help from someone who already uses this hair removal method. If not you may need a few attempts to get the sugar paste and procedure right.
Advantages of Sugaring
- inexpensive way to remove your excess hair at home (more expensive if you use a salon - similar cost to waxing)
- slow regrowth
- potentially finer regrowth
- quick for removing hair from large areas
- slightly less painful than waxing - sugar paste only sticks to the hair not the skin
Disadvantages of Sugaring
- you have to get the right consistency if you make the paste yourself. If you're not sure use a home sugaring kit.
- potential to burn yourself if you don't get the temperature of the sugar paste right
- fewer salons offer sugaring than waxing - may not be available in all areas
- sugaring tends to create a sticky mess although it can be easily cleaned up with simple soap and water unlike waxing
- sometimes hair breaks off at the surface rather than coming out at the root