by Elonah B. October 25, 2018

Sugaring VS. Waxing

It's impossible to keep up with the hair removal world when new methods are popping up every other day. However, waxing and sugaring are hair removal techniques that have been around since near the beginning of time.

What is waxing?

Waxing is a hair removal method that uses waxes made from resins and tree by-products to remove body hair. Waxing removes the hair from its root, and so lasts longer than shaving or depilatory creams.

There are generally two consistencies available in wax – hard wax and soft wax. Hard wax is strip-less, applied and then removed by gripping the edge of the wax. Soft wax is applied, then a wax removal strip is pressed and smoothed over the applied wax. The wax removal strip is then removed quickly to remove the hair.

What is sugaring?

Sugaring is a natural hair-removal technique. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring does not require paper strips. Instead, technicians use a special paste made out sugar, lemon juice, and water.

Using their hands, the aesthetician smoothes the paste onto the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth and lets it sit for a few seconds. The paste cools a bit and gets slightly harder. Then it’s flicked off in the direction of hair growth to keep the hair intact and prevent breakage.

Is sugaring similar to waxing?

The quick answer is yes. Sugaring isn't as well known as waxing, but it's slowly increasing in popularity especially for those looking for a more natural method of getting rid of unwanted hair. It is a method that has been used for many centuries such as in Greece, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The process is very similar to that of waxing.

You can make or buy sugaring paste that is meant to be used as a “hard wax” or “soft wax”, too. Like hard wax, sugaring paste can be applied and then removed by gripping the edges of the applied sugar and pulling away to remove the hair. You can also under-cook the sugaring paste to make a soft wax like sugaring paste.

Despite the uncanny difference and similarities, it all depends on what your skin gets used to. Whether you're a hard wax girl or a sugar-y babe, your skin makes all the difference when choosing the hair removal option.

The level of pain depends on the pain threshold of the individual—no hair removal is left unnoticed or not felt unless you're unconscious. Some tolerate either technique well, and others can't even look at sugaring without breaking out. Results really depend on each individual and their specific skin type. 

Elonah B.
Elonah B.

Elonah is a creative type from the Philippines, writing all sorts of stuff from fashion tips, beauty how-to's to lifestyle bits. If not writing, she loves to take photos, style people and drink coffee on the side.

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