What is sugar waxing?
Waxing, shaving or even lasers aren’t your only options when it comes to hair removal. An all-natural method has emerged called sugaring and it’s meant to be less painful. Could it be the way to go this summer? We suss out the differences between traditional waxing and sugar waxing.
What is sugaring?
Although it sounds like a new trend, sugaring is very similar to a hair removal process that dates back to ancient Egypt. An all-natural paste or gel made from sugar, water and lemon juice is used to pull hair out from the root. The mix is heated to a lukewarm temperature or not heated at all, which means skin can’t burn.
Sugar is hypoallergenic, so it won’t provoke an allergic reaction or make skin exceptionally irritated or red like some other techniques. This makes it especially ideal for people with allergies and sensitive skin.
How is it different to waxing?
Traditional waxing uses resin based product to extract hair, whereas sugaring uses natural ingredients and is therefore less aggravating. Hard wax is heated up and can burn skin, while sugaring is applied at room temperature, minimising the risk of burns.
Traditional waxing can damage the hair follicle because it’s removed against the natural direction of hair leading to broken and ingrown hairs. On the other hand, sugaring requires hair to be removed in the direction that it grows, extracting the whole root and minimising the chance of ingrown hairs. As a result you get smoother skin for longer.
Finally, the awkward regrowth period is shorter with sugaring as hair doesn’t need to grow all the way back.
How long does it last?
As sugaring removes hairs at the root and doesn’t break them, hairs get thinner overtime. It’s better if you don’t let hair grow too long as the hair follicle will be stronger and harder to remove.
Results vary, but it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for new hair to start growing again.
Hair should be 5-7mm if trying sugaring for the first time although it can be shorter.
Does it hurt?
Sugaring isn’t totally pain free because hair is still being pulled out, but many people find it less painful than waxing. It is typically less painful because the sugaring paste doesn’t stick to skin and the follicle is less prone to damage.
Would you try sugar waxing?