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Hair Removal by Sugaring

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 2 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Sugaring has been around since the days of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece but it's only recently that this form of hair removal has grown in popularity. If you're not familiar with the concept of sugaring, here's your essential guide for what to expect if you're interested in having a go yourself.

What is Sugaring?

Sugaring isn't too dissimilar to waxing but uses a mixture of sugar, lemon and water rather than hot wax. You can use sugaring to remove hair on most areas of the body but it can be especially useful for removing hair along the bikini line (that could be too painful to remove through waxing) and fine facial hair. Generally speaking, if it involves an area of the body that is more than a bit sensitive, sugaring can be good alternative to the likes of waxing, and longer-lasting in comparison to shaving or hair removal creams.

The Advantages of Using Sugaring for Hair Removal

Because sugaring uses different ingredients to waxing, it can have several plus points in its favour. Here are some of the main benefits of sugaring:

  • Remove shorter hairs: With sugaring, you can tackle hairs that are just one-eighth of an inch so unlike waxing, you don't have to wait around for hairs to reach a certain length before you can remove them. This is one of the most attractive benefits of sugaring, as there is less re-growth between sugaring sessions.
  • Less painful: Whereas hot wax comes into contact with the skin as well as the hair that you're looking to remove, sugaring coats the hairs themselves so it's much less likely to make your eyes water.
  • Less irritation: As the sugar paste isn't heated to the same degree as hot wax, it's kinder to your skin if it does get on your skin. It's also more natural and doesn't contain chemicals so there's less chance of irritation or a bad reaction.
  • Less messy: The sugar paste is easily dissolved by water so it's not difficult to clean off once you're done.

How Difficult is Sugaring?

The most challenging part of the sugaring process is creating the right mix between the sugar, lemon and water, especially in the early days. A typical sugaring paste uses:

  • 1/4 cup of water
  • ΒΌ cup of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of white sugar

Mix these ingredients together and heat until the paste takes on a smooth and syrup-like consistency. You can do this more quickly in the microwave but because of the risk of overheating the sugar mixture, you may prefer to heat on the stove instead. Once you've achieved the desired result, leave to cool before you even think about starting the sugaring process. When it's time to apply the paste to your body, it's a good idea to heat it up slightly to make it easier to use.

How to Go About Sugaring

As well as the ingredients to make the paste, you'll also need to have a spatula to apply it and some fine cotton or paper strips to hand for removal purposes. Make sure that the sugar paste is warm but not unbearably hot, as this will make it easier to spread without burning your skin. Spread the sugaring paste thinly in the direction of the hair growth, apply the cotton or paper strip over the top and pull off in the opposite direction to the hair growth.

What to Expect After Sugaring

There will still be some degree of irritation and redness after sugaring, although it should be less in comparison to waxing. On average, this won't last for more than a few hours.

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