Hair Removal Options – Waxing or Sugaring?

May 5, 2011 in Hair Removal 101,Hair removal at home,Facial hair removal

Waxing and sugaring are two hair removal methods that are very similar in procedure. While waxing may certainly be known to a greater number of people and is definitely the more common method, sugaring has started to receive plenty of attention in recent years. There is no doubt that these two methods are highly comparable, and a detailed description will follow, but individuals who have tried both often have a preference for one over the other.

While waxing and sugaring certainly removes unwanted hair in a similar way, those who are in the know will say that the differences between the two hair removal methods are clear. Sugaring is the more natural solution, which uses a paste that is made of sugar, lemon juice and water, while wax usually contains resins (sometimes even chemicals, artificial fragrances, dyes and/or preservatives). Chemicals and artificial ingredients can cause allergic reactions, so those with sensitive skin should probably try sugaring instead. The paste can be more liquid or solid depending on preference. However, sugaring doesn’t need to be hot in order to do its job, in fact, even lukewarm is enough and will stick to the hair, so there is a less chance of burning.

Sugaring and waxing are hair removal methods that can definitely seem quite tricky at first, so it is common to get it done professionally in a beauty salon. Some people are determined to save money and do it themselves at home, but patience and the ability to get into some awkward positions will be needed, especially if removing body hair. Some women will use the help of their friends to reach hard to get to areas, like the back of the legs. Those without friends that can help simply need to learn how to do it by themselves.

What’s important to remember is that those who are new to these hair removal methods should not be discouraged, as it can take quite a long time to master the technique. It can take several weeks, months or even years to fully master a proper waxing or sugaring technique. But once mastered, the individual will enjoy the benefits of staying smoother as well as hair and stubble free for much longer than shaving provides.

Both waxing and sugaring have advantages, as well as inconveniences. By far the best advantage is that once hairs are properly removed they should stay away for at least one week, or even up to two weeks. After that, hair will start to grow back. A clear disadvantage would be the pain that follows with ripping hairs out of the root, but some say that sugaring is less painful, as it does not stick to the skin as much as waxing does. In either case, these hair removal methods yield better results than shaving, which is known to last for a day or two at most.

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