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June 16, 2021
This ancient Egyptian method for hair removal has lasted this long for a reason. It is relatively easy to use with the right technique and better for the body. Clean-up may still be a little sticky but it comes right off with a little hot water. You can purchase sugar wax at many local beauty supply stores such as Ulta. You can also make your own sugar wax mixture at home with just a few simple ingredients. I’ll share a recipe that works for me.
Of course for certain areas of the body it is probably best to see a professional. The training I received in 2013 as an Esthetician proved to be timeless techniques. The years I spent waxing that unwanted body hair, I always preferred sugar wax as my weapon of choice. I’m excited to share my sugaring journey with you all and I hope this blog helps you to safely and conveniently master those techniques.
Besides this being an excellent and convenient form of hair removal, it is also a way we can hit pause and practice a little self care. As you may know we're all about that! You deserve to look and feel beautiful and our skin is our largest organ. We need to exfoliate and hydrate it in order to keep it radiant.
Sugar, why should you choose this method for hair removal? At first you may find yourself in a sticky mess. You look down and see a glob of melted sticky sugar everywhere. Panic may set in, but have no fear. Just take yourself to a sink or shower, warm up the water and dissolve the sugar. When it is a hard surface, skin, or a sheet you use as a protective surface, this wax will clean up effortlessly.
If you have ever dripped standard wax where it doesn’t belong, you know it’s quite a different story. Traditional beeswax and rosin waxes generally need a solvent or oil to clean it up. I remember when I was in school, and I’m sure some of you found yourself in this awkward situation, the dreaded dribble of wax. Right onto the head of hair or smack dab in the middle of the eyebrow. You try to keep your cool, but they see that panic in your eye. Remain calm, find the oil, and pretend like nothing happened.
I feel like there is less worry and more freedom with sugar wax. Since it is generally room temperature, you also don’t need to worry as much about the wax getting to the right temperature. You can confidently remove that hair without stress of what the cleanup will be like. You can wax away without fear of burning yourself, or even worse someone else.
Let’s talk about some of the health benefits. First of all you should always clean the area you are going to wax with an astringent such as witch hazel prior to waxing. Since sugar is anti-bacterial it can help prevent infection that can occur in the hair follicle, otherwise known as folliculitis. It works amazing as a natural exfoliator and usually does not lead to as many ingrown hairs since it's pretty good at removing the entire hair including the hair bulb. You want to see these tiny little bulbs on the end of the hair since it means the hair didn’t break off under the skin.
Let’s talk about the exfoliation. When you use a hot soft wax, you need to make sure it is at the correct temperature before applying it to the skin. When too hot you will burn the skin and even remove several layers of the epidermis (outer skin layer). This can be very painful and leave a scar behind. You may have seen it happen on the eyebrow. The skin above the eye is very thin and tender. With sugar you do not have these same worries.
Sugar wax is generally near room temperature or sometimes cooler until it comes to body temperature. It will attach to the hair and dead skin, but will not remove layers of the epidermis. I highly recommend this type of wax if you are new to waxing and want to try it out. The worst you may do is leave a bruise behind with poor technique or a slip of the hand. It will usually heal in a few days. Bruises usually happen in tender areas such as the under arms, bikini line, and behind the knees. These areas are not as easy to hold the skin taut, so some bruising may occur. Hold it tight or get assistance! That is the best advice I can give.
One huge benefit is that using this technique is generally less painful than standard hot wax. Since hot wax will also take a layer of skin with it, it tends to be a little more painful. The sugar wax will stick to the hair and dead skin as I mentioned earlier, which is the main reason sugaring is less painful. Anytime ripping hair out is taking place it’s not going to feel good, but at least with sugar wax it will be more tolerable.
You will have the smoothest most fabulously exfoliated skin after you sugar. Since it only sticks to the hair and dead dry skin, your skin will love you! You can skip the razor, or shave periodically. I love a blend of sugaring and shaving. If you get a good rotation going you can sugar once and shave about once a month. Perfect for summer legs!
If you’re in a pinch and you want to buy pre-made sugar, there are many places that supply it. I recently purchased sugar wax from Ulta. This proved to be a little softer than I like, but worked really well with wax paper strips. For a soft waxing technique please see the instructions below.
DIY Sugar wax, how hard can it be? This is something I have always wanted to try out. It's only a few simple ingredients. After a little trial and error, I found a recipe that works for me. Since I live in a warmer climate, I needed a sugar consistency that would not easily melt. I prefer the flicking method for sugaring hair removal.
You will need a few items before we begin. Make sure you have an astringent such as witch hazel, cotton pads, latex gloves if you prefer, cloth or paper waxing strips, and corn starch or baby powder.
The astringent makes sure the area is clean and free from oil. The powder makes the surface dry so the sugar paste can stick. You don't have to use latex gloves, but tight fitting gloves make the flicking technique even easier since the sugar paste sticks better to the glove. Your hand may get to warm and cause the sugar to melt between your fingers.
If your sugar wax is on the softer side or if you prefer this method here are the instructions.
This is my favorite sugar technique. Once you get it down, it is easy to remove most hair with ease. The steps are to follow.
I hope you enjoy this recipe along with my sugaring tips. I hope this simple video tutorial will help you get started! Here is the link to a 7 minute step by step video. I am happy to answer any questions so please feel free to reach out to us anytime. Hair removal is part of many of our self-care routines. I hope you hit pause and enjoy taking a little time to exfoliate and get your summer legs ready.
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