Let’s face it, there’s nothing remotely comfortable about waxing. Tired of pre-wax anxiety and post-wax blisters, there is a gentler alternative: sugaring.
Sugaring is a form of hair removal performed with a natural sugar and water-based paste. There are two sugaring methods widely available: one in which paste is applied at lukewarm temperature and pulled off with strips, and another in which cool paste is massaged into the hair follicles in the direction of growth, slowly exfoliating new hair from its roots. As the latter version is hard to find in Manhattan (and takes longer to perform)
In a lot of ways, lukewarm sugaring is similar to waxing. The honey-like paste is applied to hair with wooden sticks, and special sugaring cloth strips are rubbed onto the area and then pulled off quickly, taking unwanted hair with them. The sugar wax only wraps itself around thehair follicle and moisturizes the hair as it is pulled out and heals the follicle and skin with its natural healing properties. It does not stick to the skin like traditional wax and is half the temperature. Treatment can be performed all over the body, including the face, and falls into the same ballpark price-wise as waxing. However, there are some key differences:
Sugaring paste is generally made from a few basic ingredients, including sugar, water, and lemon juice (some formulas also contain moisturizers or glycerin). That makes the treatment and safe for both your body and the environment, and ideal for those with sensitive, allergy-prone skin. Spray tans can be done straight after sugar waxing unlike traditional waxing.
It hurts a lot less
Because sugaring paste does not adhere to live skin cells the way most waxes do, it pulls up only hair not skin minimizing topical pain. Plus, the paste itself is only heated to lukewarm temperature, making initial application more comfortable (especially important in sensitive areas like the labia hello, Brazilian!).
There is less redness and blistering after treatment
Sugaring is visibly gentler, too. Whereas it usually takes at least a day or two for the skin to calm post-waxing, sugaring will get the skin back to its normal hue within minutes.That’s good news for those with sensitive skin; even better news for those who have a hot date after treatment.
It doesn’t leave a sticky mess
Sugaring paste is water-soluble, so any residue left behind can be easily washed off after the procedure. Some sugaring technicians even apply powder to the treated area to soothe and calm the skin. Perfection.
The verdict? Clients are converted easily Sugaringis a lot more comfortable it certainly reduces overall pain, and leaves the skin smoother and calmer than it’s ever been after traditional waxing.
The hairs are pulled out cleanly and not broken ingrown hairs are reduced and the hair cycle a lot slower.