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Frequently Asked Questions

Hair removal with sugar FAQs

Here are some of your frequently asked questions that relate to sugaring for both men and women:

How do you make and apply sugar at home?

You will require 2 cups of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of lemon juice and a ¼ cup of water. Put the ingredients in a saucepan and heat slowly. When the mixture starts to boil, pour it into a glass container (an old jam jar will do). This container will need to be capable of being reheated if you don't get round to using all of the solution first time.

Once the sugaring solution has cooled down (check it's not too hot), spread it onto your skin. Then press on 1 inch wide strips of cotton cloth. Let the solution cool and set into the cloth. Once the solution has hardened, to remove the hairs, pull the cloth away quickly in the opposite direction to your hair growth.

If you don't get round to using all of the solution in the container then you can save it for another time. When you are ready to use it again, simply reheat (warm) the solution and apply again. Notice that the more times you reheat the solution the thicker it will become; eventually it will get to the point where it's too difficult to work with so don't make too large a batch at once.

What is the difference between sugaring and waxing?

The process of sugaring hair removal is very similar to waxing: a solution is applied to the skin and the hairs and solution are ripped off using a cloth. However, there are a number of advantages of using a sugar solution; these are:

  • The solution only sticks to the hairs and not the skin like wax. However, if you also want to exfoliate your skin then waxing may be the right method for you.
  • The ingredients in the solution are natural and are gentler on the skin. Sugar also has anti-bacterial qualities. Some of the ingredients in wax can cause skin irritation.
  • The solution is easier to clean away with water. Cleaning up after a wax treatment can be very messy due to the petroleum additives.

Does the process hurt?

Pulling hairs out is never completely painless. However, sugaring is considered to be less painful than waxing. This is because the solution only sticks to the hairs, whereas with wax it sticks to the skin as well as the hair.

If the skin is kept taught and the strip is removed quickly then the discomfort will be minimised. Also applying pressure to the treated area immediately afterwards helps to get rid of any momentary discomfort.

With prolonged treatment the hairs will become softer, sparser and weaker. Therefore, this method will be much less painful if treatment is continued.

What's the downside to this method?

Once a hair has been removed (as with any epilation treatment) it can take between 1 to 2 weeks to re-emerge. However, the hair at this point will be too short to immediately treat again. In order for the hairs to be treated they must be about ¼ to ½ inch long. Therefore, if you wish to continue using the sugaring method you will have to put up with having visible hair in between sessions (it could be 2-4 weeks after it has emerged). As regrowth can produce finer and lighter hair then this may not be a huge problem.

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