Since sugaring is the most gentle hair removal method, it is becoming more popular and sought after. With all the health risks of the ingredients in wax, it has changed how we feel about getting unwanted hair removed. Because sugar paste is literally made out of sugar, water and lemon juice it is ideal for those who want to get away from chemicals that wax contains such as resins, carcinogenic parabens, artificial fragrances and dangerous dyes.
My clients come to me with terrible waxing stories and often I see the evidence in horrible scars and even infections. Once you get sugared, you won't ever touch wax or a razor again. It's that simple. The sugar is applied at body temperature and removes the hair from the follicle, leaving your skin in a smooth and healthy state. It is significantly less painful than waxing. Sugaring regularly, leads to softer more sparse hair growth. It also prevents ingrown hairs from appearing. You can expect to enjoy your results between 4-5 weeks.
The nice thing about getting ready to be sugared is that you don't need much grow out at all. In fact the sugar can pick up hairs as tiny as one sixteenth of an inch. So, that means you don’t have to walk around hairy and uncomfortable for long. You only need about one week of grow out to be sugared. Exfoliating the areas where hair is going to be removed should be done prior to your appointment. This will help the hair let go of the skin with ease and give you a better result. Hydration is important before getting sugared as well.
Another drawback from waxing is that it is extremely painful when the strip is removed from the skin. The wax sticks to live skin cells, so you are removing more than just hair, you are actually removing skin as well, which can lead to bleeding, scarring and infection. Ingrown hairs are more likely to come in after being waxed because the hair is removed against the hair growth. With sugaring the hair is removed from the follicle in the direction of the hair growth which provides a much smoother and gentler method.
Being consistent with your sugaring will lead to less hair coming in and can lead to permanency. Over time your skin becomes conditioned to the sugaring process and stops growing hair. My clients love their follow up appointments because they are quick and painless. With waxing, it hurts every time! Plus you end up with major bumps and irritation.
Sugaring can be done anywhere on the body and face. It will even pick up those tiny vellus hairs that tend to show up in our thirties. Which is another reason sugaring is so popular. It's gentle and soothing to the skin, so when you have your face done even a full face sugaring your skin won't be left with the embarrassing redness and bumps all over. After sugaring your skin will look more even toned and hair free!
The Pros of Sugaring
- Large amounts of hair can be taken out at once, and finished faster than even waxing. With most waxes, you have to apply them to a limited area-remove, go to the next area-remove and so forth. With sugaring you can speed things up by applying the paste to a very large area, and it won't dry out, even if you take it off in smaller sections.
- Easy clean up. Both the paste and gel are water soluble, meaning you can clean off any residue left on the skin with plain water, unlike regular wax.
- Sugar paste can be applied over missed hairs. The paste is very gentle and can be put right over an area that was just sugared but missed some hairs, without fear of much irritation.
- Temporary results can turn in to permanent. Over time, frequent sugaring can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop growing hairs.
- It is 100% natural. You can even eat it! Sugar used for hair removal is made from sugar, water and lemon juice.
- It lasts longer than waxing and is more pleasant to have done.
- Sugaring is ideal for sensitive skin.
- No redness or bumps! Just smooth silky skin.
The Cons of Waxing
- You have to be hairy before getting smooth. About one quarter of an inch of hair is needed for the wax to adhere, which is approximately 3-4 weeks of hair growth.
- Results last for a couple weeks. Waxing can keep an area hair-free for up to 6 weeks, but be back in as little as 2 weeks. That is much too soon after you have paid a pretty penny for a professional service.
- Lack of knowledge or cleanliness can lead to a disaster. If waxing contraindications (circumstances or conditions when you shouldn't get waxed) are simply unknown or ignored, skin could end up extremely red, burned and even scabby or bloody. Salons or spas not adhering to safe and sanitary waxing procedures could give a client a skin infection, or even a disease.
- It's not as easy as it looks. The inexperienced often find waxing hair removal messy, slow and difficult. They usually end up breaking a lot of hair above the or below the surface, instead of removing the entire hair follicle from the root. Hair will grow back much quicker if it's only broken, and not removed.
- You can only wax on, wax off once. When you wax an area and all of the hair doesn't come off, you shouldn't try to wax over it again, or skin can become irritated or even bleed. That can be pretty frustrating if large patches of hair are left, so you'll have to shave tweeze or shave them.
- Wax sticks to live skin cells. This makes the process so much more painful than sugaring. The wax if also applied hot, which can burn and scar the skin.