Waxing or Sugaring removes your hair for the short term, it is quick and accessible. Waxing and Sugaring have the same basic premise. Apply a sticky solution to the skin surface on the unwanted hair. Then using strips of cloth, place them over the treated area and quickly pull the cloth off the skin, pulling the hair out of the skin by the root. It is quite a popular method for temporary hair removal for women as well as men. Waxing or Sugaring is successful if done by a professional practitioner for removing unwanted hair temporarily. It is a bit more difficult to do either of these methods yourself.
Waxing and sugaring have less hair breakage at the surface of the skin that can cause ingrown hair problems.
Waxing differs from sugaring in that waxing uses hot wax that may cause a burn if applied too hot. Cold wax is also a method of waxing available but is less effective. The heat from the hot wax helps to open the skins pores making it easier to remove unwanted hair.
Sugaring is done with a paste that is at room temperature. It begins to warm up with the body temperature of your skin as you use the sugaring compound, making it more pliable. The sugaring compound is made of sugar, lemon and water. The only contraindications for sugaring are Retin A users and Acutane users. People who have used Retin A in 3 days prior to sugaring should not be sugaring. People who have used Acutane, must wait 6-12 months before sugaring.
Sugaring exfoliates as it removes the unwanted hair, making it a more desirable way of removing hair then waxing. Exfoliation helps alleviate pain associated with hair removal. The exfoliation also prevents any rashy bumps that are sometimes associated with hair removal.
How does Waxing work?
Waxing is a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face or body. Liquid wax is applied to the skin and strips of cloth are adhered to the wax. The cloth strips are then pulled off the skin in the direction of the hair growth, removing the unwanted hair. Hair re-growth is slow, and usually occurs within 2-8 weeks after waxing.
How does Sugaring work?
Sugaring is also a temporary method of removing unwanted hair from the face or body. A combination of sugar, lemon and water is mixed to form a paste. The paste is at room temperature and applied to the skin. The paste is dragged against the direction of hair growth and then just like tweezing the paste is flicked in the opposite direction pulling the hair out by the root. You never want to sugar in the opposite direction because hair would break off and it would not last very long.
How to Wax
Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then adhered on top of the wax and ripped off with a quick motion in the direction of the hair growth. This removes the wax, the unwanted hair, and dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth and soft.
How to Sugar
Sugaring is similar to waxing. The sugar paste only sticks to the hair and not the skin making it less painful. Sugaring paste is prepared with common household items and may be left at room temperature. The area for hair removal is then dusted with powder prior to the sugaring application. After the paste is applied, strips of cloth or paper are then applied to the sugaring paste and ripped off in the direction of the hair growth. A more advanced method is also available where the strips of cloth or paper are not used. Instead, the paste itself acts as the cloth and the paste is flicked in the natural direction of the growth pulling out the hair.
THE PROCESS OF WAXING OR SUGARING UNWANTED HAIR
1. Apply the wax or sugaring agent over the target hairs in the direction of the hairs natural growth
2. Apply strips of cloth or paper over the treated area.
3. Rip the strip of cloth or paper off the treated area in the direction of the air growth removing the unwanted hair.
4. Apply hand pressure over treated area to help dispense the pain.
The Best Areas to Wax or Sugar on Your Face or Body
Because waxing or sugaring involves the pulling of more than one hair at a time, it is most effective on larger areas of the body or face. It is a fast easy process and is best done through a certified or licensed practitioner.
The best places to wax or sugar unwanted hair on the face or body for men and women are:
· Upper lip
· Bikini Line
How Long Waxing or Sugaring Lasts
When wax or sugaring paste is taken off in the direction of hair growth, hair removal lasts longer. Hair re-growth usually occurs within 2-8 weeks after waxing or sugaring.
Pros and Cons of Waxing Hair
1. Long lasting
2. Re-growth is finer hair
3. Quick if done by professional
4. Very useful method for heavy hair removal
2. Difficult for small areas
3. If not done properly can cause injury to the skin
4. Some areas are difficult to do yourself
The Risks of Waxing
1. Burn if wax is too hot
2. If not cautious skin can rip off along with wax
3. Bruising of skin
4. Rash if you have sensitive skin
The Risks of Sugaring
1. Bruising the skin
2. Rash if you have sensitive skin
Waxing and Sugaring Tips
1. To avoid skin appearing darker after waxing or sugaring, avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after waxing.
2. Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions when waxing.
3. Patch test the waxing or sugaring agent on the skin before using to avoid allergic reaction.
4. Hair should be at least 1/8 inch long when performing waxing or sugaring
5. Wash skin thoroughly and dry it well before using either method of hair removal.
6. If painful and discomfort after waxing or sugaring, apply a pain reducing gel or lotion over treated area.
7. After waxing or sugaring, apply a warm washcloth over treated area to soothe area.
8. For removing facial hair, apply a thin amount of waxing or sugaring agent and work in small areas at a time.