At The Beauty Concierge, we’re firmly in the camp of “your body hair, your choice.” Whether you choose to go for silky smooth or don’t trim at all, we’re all for it. But if you do opt for hair removal, you’ve got plenty of options. Shaving and depilatories (hair removal creams) are easy at-home choices. But if you prefer to visit a spa or salon for your hair removal needs, then you’re probably very familiar with waxing.
Waxing was once the go-to method for professional estheticians, but recently, a new hair removal method has risen to popularity—sugaring.
Sugaring involves the use of a paste that’s applied to the skin, much like wax, and then pulled off, taking unwanted hair along with it. But while the processes are similar, there are some key differences that might just make sugaring the better alternative:
It’s totally organic
If you’re big on all-natural ingredients for your skincare, then sugaring is the way to go. The paste is made of sugar, lemon juice, and water, and is literally safe to eat. This makes it less likely to cause unpleasant side effects and allergic reactions than wax.
Less heat, less damage
Hair removal wax has to be pretty hot to effectively remove hair, creating the risk for painful burns. Sugaring paste, on the other hand, is only warmed to about room temperature, but is just as effective at getting rid of fuzz.
While wax is removed in the opposite direction of hair growth which can lead to painful and unsightly ingrown hairs, sugar is applied with the fingers and pulled off in the direction of hair growth, which allows the hair to be pulled directly from the follicle.
Lower ouch factor
If you’ve ever waxed, you know the pain is no joke. That’s because when wax is removed, in addition to pulling hair, it also yanks the skin. Sugaring provides a less painful alternative as it only adheres to your hair.
Shorter wait times
If you like to stay silky smooth, then you know that waiting between wax sessions for your hair to grow long enough to be removed can be a real pain. Sugaring cuts down that wait time, as only 1/16” of hair is needed, rather than the 1/8” required for a good wax.
For beauties with sensitive skin, varicose veins, eczema and other skin conditions, waxing is a big no-no. But sugaring, when done properly, is gentle enough to be safe for skin that can’t tolerate the heat and harsh chemicals of waxing.
With all that being said, we still stand by our assertion that it’s your body hair and your choice. So, if waxing is your preferred way to get rid of unwanted hair, and you find it effective and non-irritating, don’t think you need to switch. But if sugaring sounds like a sweet alternative to your current hair removal method, we say go for it.
Looking for a qualified hair removal specialist? We’ve got a whole list of fantastic estheticians—both waxing and sugaring—in our directory.