Sugar Waxing Hair Removal And How To Make Your Own
Sugar wax(or sugaring) is the new hype and is stealing the limelight away from the traditional waxing. With more salons popping up offering sugar waxing hair removal exclusively as their signature services, sugaring has gain some popularity among the avid waxing regulars.
It is supposed to be the better, less painful version of hair epilation?
As both methods seems similar, what are the difference between sugaring and waxing?
Read on for more sugar waxing 101.
What Is Sugar Waxing
Sugaring has been used as an epilation method since 1900 BC, by the Persians. Which also give us the conclusion that smooth hair-free skin has been the standard of beauty during ancient eras, which society still withhold throughout the centuries till our modern times.
Sugar waxing hair removal method is an all natural epilatory method compared to wax, as it consists of only food grade ingredients. Sugaring experts claim that sugaring causes less hair breakage compared to waxing as sugar wax remains pliable, even in room temperature.
There are 2 variations, sugar wax and sugar paste. Sugar wax are more runny and requires application with spatula and cloth strips to pull away from skin. Meanwhile, the latter, is a consistency of a thick “glob” and application is by hand.
I’d say sugaring therapist are amazingly skillful as I have tried using sugar paste for my half leg epilation yet somehow failed miserably,
It is considered a safer option as it doesn’t require heat compared to the traditional wax, which has to be melted first. It minimizes the risk of accidental scalds and burns.
Sugaring vs Waxing
So which tops the best hair removal method? I have made some comparison between both.
In terms of elements, sugar waxes are made of sugar, lemon juice and water. Traditional waxes are made of rosin, beeswax, EVA co polymer and other additional ingredients like fragrances and/or nourishing agents.
Except for traditional wax, sugaring can be used on room temperature.
Sugar waxes can be made at home, as ingredients are easy access and can be low on cost. Meanwhile, for traditional wax, it requires a wax warmer, spatulas, strips and other miscellaneous supplies.
Both uses different techniques in application. Sugaring applies against the hair growth while removing on the direction of growth. This method causes less hair breakages compared to traditional wax. Hair breakage below skin surface tend to pose a risk of having ingrown.
However there is a slight vary for traditional wax. It applies on the direction of hair growth but strips away on the direction opposite of the hair growth.
Sugar paste can be used multiple times before tossing away.
Sugaring usually leaves very little residue, even if it does it wash away easily with water compared to traditional wax which is not water based, requires post cleanser or lotion.
Both waxes are able to pull thick hairs(think beard). I find it quite impressive for a three ingredient wax to be able to do this.
How To Make Sugar Wax For Hair Removal
Most salon supplier sells ready-made sugar pastes and waxes in cans. For small scale uses, you can do your own sugar wax at home.
Making your own sugar wax requires many trials and error. Who knows, you might get lucky and get the right consistency at the first try.
However, I found a great recipe from Barbara Kate Hilliard off YouTube. She uses a thermometer for her recipe which she claims is a foolproof way to make sugar wax.
What you’ll need:
- 1/3 cup of lemon juice(1-2 lemons)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup of water
- Heavy bottom pan
- Pour sugar, lemon juice(strain the seeds and pulps) and water in the pot.
- Turn the heat high and whisk the mixture.
- Bubbles will start forming. Don’t turn down the heat. Keep on whisking until it changes color.
- While still on high heat, get the thermometer in the mixture to check it’s temperature. It needs to reach 260 F/124 C.
- Once it reaches to 260 F, remove from heat. Continue whisking to remove bubbles.
- The color of the mixture has changed to a golden hue and your sugar wax is ready.
How to store sugar wax:
Immediately pour the mixture in an empty container with lid and let cool. It will keep for a couple of weeks. Reheat in a pot of hot water, if consistency is too thick prior to waxing.
If all of this is a big hassle to you, skip the cooking and a sugaring kit like this!
Sugaring is an impressive way of epilation. If it is able to grip on thick hairs, it can epilate any areas without issues. Plus it is so natural, it is suitable for sensitive skin.
As the society is creating a more eco-friendly planet, sugaring seems like a perfect solution to epilating.
So which one are you?
Do you prefer the hassle of cooking your wax first for your monthly hair removal schedule?
Or do you prefer to have your wax ready at a flick of a switch?