Updated: Jul 26
Author: Tauseeq Magsi and Sierra Portlock
If there's one thing you should never compromise on, it's skincare! After all, this is vital for your appearance and confidence, and therefore should be given utmost importance. Naturally, you must try some hair removal methods, but it's best to keep your choices natural to minimize the risk of side effects. And this is exactly what brings us to sugaring! (1)
Let's face it. Everyone has a preference when it comes to hair removal methods. While some people prefer using hard wax, others stand by the effectiveness of sugaring paste. So what should you go for? The professionals at Peach Rose Waxing Spa specialize in all three methods: soft wax, hard wax, and sugaring. Your choice will all come down to what you prefer and your needs. So it's vital to know all about the various hair removal methods so you can do what's best for your skincare!
An Intro To Sugaring: What is it?
If you are interested in an organic way to get rid of unwanted hair from your body, sugaring is just what you need. This 100% natural paste removes hair right from its roots! And does so without any strips or cloths! So it's not really surprising that it's considered a superior hair removal method compared to other options out there.
Basically, the process involves using a sticky-caramel-like paste comprised of sugar, water, and lemon juice. So it's completely safe and natural with no chemicals that can harm your skin in any way.
You apply the paste to the unwanted hair and remove it in the direction of hair growth. That's pretty much it. Unlike soft wax, the sugar paste doesn't stick to the top layer of your healthy skin. Neither does it pull at your live skin cells. All it does is remove dead skin and the hair from its root anywhere on the body and/or face. This is primarily why it's considered particularly effective for ingrown hairs!
But is it that simple? How can it be so easy to get rid of unwanted hair with merely 3 organic ingredients? That's the magic of sugaring!
Sugaring v Waxing
A true sugar paste is made from three ingredients, sugar, water, and lemon juice, which are heated together to create the paste.
In the case of waxing, there are two forms, hard and soft wax. The wax is usually made from a blend of ingredients like resin, beeswax, oils, and other additives.
For sugaring, the room temperature mixture is applied on the skin in the direction opposite to hair growth. The paste is then removed in the natural direction of hair growth. A little tug would do for this. You can apply the paste multiple times on the same area to tackle stubborn hair without any inhibitions, as there are no chemicals involved. Any residue is simply removed with just water, so the skin does not feel as sticky afterwards.
In the case of waxing, whether it's a soft or hard wax, the hot wax is applied on the skin in the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction. If you are using hard wax, it can be removed with hands, but paper or cloth strips are needed for removing soft wax. Note that multiple passes of wax in the same area can lead to severe irritation. And you need to get rid of additional wax using an oil-based wax remover.
This is important, isn't it? Anyone would prefer a hair removal method that's completely pain-free. But neither sugaring nor waxing is entirely painless. However, with the proper technique, sugaring is less painful compared to waxing as the sugar paste attaches mainly to your hair and not your skin. In contrast, both soft and some hard waxes stick to the surface of the skin and hence can be a bit more painful.
For minimal pain, you'll want to schedule appointments every 3-4 weeks and regularly exfoliate. Visit our FAQs page for more tips on minimizing pain during your appointment
The good news is sugaring can grip shorter hairs than waxing. Therefore, you don't have to wait for more hair to grow in before your appointment. Sugaring can grip hair as short as 1/8".
Sugaring results may also last slightly longer than waxing, because the hair is less likely to break off when removing from the root.
Effect On Hair & Skin Types
Waxing proves to be more efficient when removing softer vellus hair, or "peach fuzz", but sugaring does a better job removing coarser hair.
Sugaring causes less skin irritation due to its temperature and ingredients.
Sugaring is also less likely to cause the following when compared to waxing: post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, skin tearing, burning, severe redness, itchiness, or histamine reaction (hives) room temp irritation, sticking to skin irritation, using with medications
Sugaring also leads to permanency when done consistently. It is important to not shave or use hair removal creams in between appointments
Although you are less likely to have a negative reaction when sugaring, aftercare instructions are the same for both sugaring and waxing. For the first 24-48 hours, it is important to keep sweat, bacteria, excessive heat, and artificial substances (fragrances and colors) away from the skin. You'll also want to wait 48 hours before exfoliating. You should receive specific aftercare instructions from your wax specialist during your session.
In between appointments, it is important to exfoliate 2-3x weekly and avoid shaving or hair removal creams for best results. You'll also want to remain consistent. It's best to return for your next appointment within 4-5 weeks!
Leave It To The Pros!
Sugaring is simple and has few risks...when done by a licensed professional with training and experience. Unfortunately, sugaring is not taught in esthetics or
cosmetology programs and cannot be mastered from a couple of online videos. Licensed estheticians and cosmetologists are required to take continued education courses to master the complex technique that is needed to properly sugar. If not careful, you can bruise the skin, burn yourself, or cause severe, unnecessary pain.
Peach Rose Waxing Spa's licensed specialists are certified in sugaring and have been trained to provide you with the best experience with minimal pain.