Sugaring Hair Removal – The Basics

Sugaring hair removal is an ancient middle-eastern practice using an all natural paste or gel made from sugar,  water, and lemon juice.  The results can last up to six weeks. While there are many recipes, only natural ingredients are used in real sugaring. It’s also called sugar waxing, although this is not correct because it’s not similar to waxing.

How Does it Work?

There are two types of sugaring, using paste or a gel and these are performed differently.

  • The paste. This is the way I am trained and is considered to be the traditional technique.  A warmed (not hot) thick mixture is applied first in the opposite direction of hair growth and then in the direction of hair growth using the hands. It’s then flicked off in the direction of hair growth. (That’s the hard bit).
  • The gel. Performed similarly to waxing, the gel is applied in the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction with paper.The Pros
    1. Experienced Practitioners can do sugaring quickly with the paste  (Full back on a regular Client is a 40 minute treatment)
    2. Easy clean up. Sugar paste is water soluble, meaning you can clean off any residue left on the skin or clothes with plain water, unlike regular wax.
    3. Sugar paste can be applied over missed hairs. The paste is very gentle and can be applied over skin that has just been sugared but missed some hairs, without fear of irritation unlike waxing.
    4. Temporary results can turn into permanent. Over time, frequent sugaring can cause the hair follicle to shrink, and thus stop the growing hair.

The Cons

    1. Some salons and spas use a wax that has been mixed with sugar, and advertise it as sugaring- but it isn’t the same. Few places offer the real method, always ask.  I have brought this to Herne Bay as I feel it fits well with my Holistic approach.  I am seeing fantastic results and my clients are all delighted.  (Testimonal)
    2. Some hair growth is needed. 1/16 of an inch is needed when using the traditional sugaring technique with the paste, which is about 2-5 days of hair growth after shaving.
    3. There are a few circumstances or conditions when you shouldn’t get sugared and so I always run through a health check consultation first.  I also offer free patch testing, essential for facial hair and desirable for other parts of the body.

Ouch Factor

Okay, it’s still pulling out hair from the root, but most people find it less painful than waxing.  As the sugar paste does not stick to the skin it only attaches to dead skin cells unlike waxing, this means there is much less irritation. The upper lip, chest, bikini and genital areas rank as the highest pain offenders.   Its perfectly OK to take a mild pain killer 45 minutes before your treatment.  Consult your GP before taking anything that may affect your current medication


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