What Is Sugaring? Everything You Need To Know About The Hair Removal Method Of The Moment

August 21, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

If you’re frustrated with unwanted hair and looking for an alternative to waxing, here’s a sweet solution: more and more women are opting to try sugaring, a natural hair removal method that has been praised as a gentle alternative. The benefits of waxing–namely, the long-lasting effects–but there are also downsides; it can be very painful for some and even traumatizing to those with sensitive skin.

These are just two of the reasons many beauty experts have made the switch to sugaring. “Sugaring is an ancient Egyptian hair removal method,” says Nadina Khalil, owner of Skin Care by Nadina. “The sugar itself is made with sugar, lemon juice and water and then heated to a candy thermometer of that of taffy. It is applied by hand and flicked off. It is different than wax because the molecules are smaller, therefore it melts into the hairs, fully  encapsulating them, thus pulling from a deeper point.”

Another advantage to sugaring? It’s a lot less painful than waxing. “Wax puts your body on alert because the heat of wax is usually higher than body temperature,” Khalil says. “Sugaring is body temperature, so when applied your body doesn’t go into alert mode until the hair is removed. Because it is body temperature this product provides less pain than hot wax.”

Shalsea Walker of Walker’s Apothecary agrees. “Sugaring does not adhere to live skin, only the hair follicle and dead skin,” Walker explains. “This method causes less trauma to the skin because the sugar won’t pull on the skin and the sugar is not hot, unlike wax. Sugaring is also a more sanitary because bacteria cannot breed inside sugar paste.”

Sugaring can last up to six weeks and the hairs after the first service are dramatically different–both in density and over all hair thickness, Khalil says. “Waxing doesn’t provide such results as fast, if ever.”

If you are prone to allergies, sugaring may also prove a less irritating solution to waxing. “Sugaring follows the same concept as waxing–it removes the hair shaft and bulb from the follicle,” says Tina Zillmann, aesthetician and laser professional. “Some advocate sugaring over waxing because there’s less risk for an allergic reaction. Traditionally manufactured waxes contain pine resin, which many individuals may be allergic to.”

One of the downsides to sugaring–that is also shared by waxng and laser hair removal–is that you’ll have to wait until your hair has grown at least 1/8 of an inch so that the sugar is effective. Anyone searching for a natural way to remove unwanted hair and keep their skin healthy should give sugaring a spin.

For more beauty tips, check out how to get beach waves without actually going to the beach and what your go-to nail polish color says about you.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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