Sugaring - Everything you need to know!
Hair removal methods can be a bit like seasons, everyone has a favourite. Nevertheless, there is no perfect way to remove unwanted hair. Shaving doesn’t last quite long enough, hair removal creams & mousses are a hit or miss, threading is great but only for smaller areas and waxing…well it can hurt like hell especially in more sensitive areas.
If there’s anything close to an ideal way to remove hair, sugaring just might be the answer we have all been searching for. A traditional ancient Egyptian method of hair removal called sugaring. As the name suggests, sugaring literally involves using sugar to remove unwanted body hair. It involves using a 100% natural paste to remove hair from its roots.
Sugaring is a far superior form of hair removal as it removes hair from the root which causes the follicle to have less blood flow over time, weakening it. The more you use sugaring as a hair removal method the less hair growth you’ll see, the hair that does grow will be finer and sparser. The result is smooth, hairless skin, which lasts for around four to six weeks on average.
What is Sugaring Hair Removal?
Yes, sugaring does involve the use of real sugar. Specifically, it’s a mixture of sugar, lemon and water among other skin loving ingredients mixed to create a sticky paste that clings to the hair. It's similar to waxing, although most find it less painful and more gentle on the skin.
Sugaring is considered to be less painful than waxing, because unlike waxing it works to remove the actual hair by the root without disturbing the surrounding skin. Therefore, its gentler and results in less irritation. In addition, as it is made from natural products with no chemical additives (like there are in wax) it’s also biodegradable, hypoallergenic and can also be made using organic ingredients. A further benefit associated with the sugaring method is that it is much faster than waxing, as a larger surface area can be covered at once. It is also easier to clean off because it’s water-soluble unlike wax – so no more sticky legs or underarms after your usual waxing treatment. Furthermore, because sugaring doesn’t stick to the top layer of the skin, it doesn’t pull live skin cells. Instead, it removes hair from the root, which is why it is especially effective for ingrown or curly hair.
How does Sugaring work?
I’m sure you’re still wondering how rubbing a sugar paste on your legs can result in effective hair removal. First off, similar to waxing for sugaring to work the hair needs to be grown out – ideally an eighth to a quarter inch of stubble for the sugary paste to properly adhere.
To start the process the area of the skin being treated is going to be cleansed, a powder is then applied. This provides some distance between the skin and sugar paste. Once the skin is prepared the sugar paste is moulded while it’s slightly warm (for reference the paste is a kind of gel-like consistency). Contrasting with waxing the sugar paste is then applied to the skin against the hair growth, the dried paste is then flicked off in the same direction as hair growth, and that’s it, no cloth strips or sticks needed!
It may sound like an incredibly simple process, and it can be for a professionally trained and licenced therapist, but for safe and effective sugaring the method of applying and removing the sugar paste is crucial to ensuring proper hair removal. Just like, waxing or plucking overtime (with repeated use) one can expect a reduction of hair growth. What’s more the hairs that do grow may be thinner, finer, and sparser.
Risks or Side Affects?
The sugar paste is heated up prior to application and treatment. If this is not done correctly and the mixture is too hot one could sustain a burn (just like with waxing) This is why it is so important to go to a trained professional.
In addition, if you’re using retinol or vitamin c on your skin or taking steroids or Accutane it is adviced that you steer clear of sugaring. Furthermore, avoid sugaring if you have any bruising, swelling, rashes, open sores, sunburn, or cold sores. Some possible side effects if the treatment isn’t carried out effectively are ingrown hairs, folliculitis, irritation, burns and rashes.
Can Sugaring be done at home?
The short answering being NO! The method of sugaring is a very skilled treatment that should most definitely be left to experienced professionals, which will minimize any complications or risks. Mastering the paste takes practise and time, not to mention it can be a very messy process if you’re not trained.