Sugaring Hair Removal Method | Better Than Waxing?
The sugaring hair removal method is more than likely the very first way, in the history of man, that people removed hair. Originally used in the ancient Egyptian days, sugaring is still around today and serves as a viable alternative to waxing. The best part is that it doesn’t cost much and can be performed at home!
If you’re into the all-natural, organic lifestyle, then “sugaring” just might be the best option for your hair removal needs. First, let’s explain what exactly sugaring is, the 2 types, and some additional information to get you on your way to a less costly, hair free option.
What Is Sugaring?
In basic terms, sugaring hair removal is the process of pulling your hairs out at the root by means of a sugary paste or gel that is applied directly to the skin. It’s very similar to waxing, except it’s a little less painful. Yes, less painful!
There are two types of sugaring: Paste and Gel
- Paste – The thick, sugary mixture is applied directly to the surface in the opposite direction that the hair is growing. (otherwise known as “across the grain”) Doing this first picks the hairs up off of your skin to help get the paste underneath. After this first layer is done, apply another in the direction that the hair is growing. (“with the grain”)
- Gel – Simply apply the sugaring gel to the skin in the direction the hair is growing, then remove it in the opposite direction.
Who Can Perform the Sugaring Method?
The sugaring hair removal method can be done at home by using one of numerous homemade pastes that can be found on the internet. The ingredients are readily available, inexpensive and can be purchased at any grocery store.
Here is a good recipe: Care2.com
You can also purchase a sugaring kit which includes everything you need for under $35 or so.
Professional sugaring is also an option if you don’t want to perform this on yourself. However, it’s a bit more pricey due to it’s popularity not being as prevalent as your standard waxing. If you can find a professional that will do it for you, expect to pay per square inch, so to speak.
How Much is Professional Sugaring?
If you are having your eyebrows or upper lip done, it shouldn’t cost more than about $30 or less. On the other hand, if you are planning on getting an entire leg done, that is much more surface area and will cost you around $75 to $100. Pubic and more sensitive areas also have a little higher price which range in between $30 and $75.
With any type of hair removal method, check with your local clinic or spa to inquire about price. Geographic location plays a big part in pricing, as does your specific areas that need to be treated.
Sugaring vs. Waxing – Which is better?
So which one is better for you? Waxing or Sugaring Hair Removal? Below, we’ve listed the important points about both to give you a better understanding of the difference between the two.
1. Ingredients – As stated previously, sugaring uses all natural ingredients that can be purchased in any grocery store. Waxing, on the other hand, utilizes different resins and chemical based products that are sometimes more irritating to the skin. Anyone can have a mild reaction to both methods, but it’s much more uncommon for sugaring to cause it. Because of it’s natural ingredients, we’re giving this category to: Sugaring
2. Cost – In examining the cost difference between the two, we looked at performing these both at home and professionally. Sugaring was cheaper when performed at home if you purchase the ingredients yourself and use a homemade recipe. However, waxing was actually cheaper if you have it done professionally. Also worth noting is that waxing done in spas, hotels and clinics is much more common than the sugaring method. For that reason, we give a SLIGHT edge to: Waxing
3. Pain Factor – Anyone who’s had waxing done knows that it’s a pretty painful process. Sugaring is very similar to waxing, except people who’ve had it done report that it’s not as painful. There may be a number of factors that contribute to that, but whatever they are, sugaring seems to be the choice if you have a low threshold for pain. Winner: Sugaring
4. Effectiveness – The smooth skin that you get from both waxing and sugaring have pretty similar time frames. Both can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks. With repeat procedures being done, both waxing and sugaring can have a long term effect on the hair follicle so that it eventually stops growing. For that reason, it’s a toss up: Both
You can draw your own conclusions to the information above, but it looks like the sugaring hair removal method wins out over waxing. It’s less irritating and less painful for those that simply cannot bare the process of waxing.
If you’re going the professional route, make sure you get references and go to a reputable spa or clinic. Get a consultation so that you know up front what the cost are going to be in your region, and for what specific areas you need done.
To see the process of Sugaring, check out this video…