Sugaring

Sugaring involves the use of a syrup made from sugar, water and lemon juice to grab many hairs at once and remove them at the bulb. In this way, it is similar to waxing. The hair must be 2-3mm long before treatment. This method can be used on any area except beards, the nostrils, inner ears, and genitals.

There are two methods of sugaring: application and removal by hand and application by spatula with removal by cotton strip. The main difference is that the hand method is slower but more gentle and the spatula method is quicker and as a result, less expensive. For faces that don’t have a lot of facial hair, hand-applied sugaring is preferable to waxing because it doesn’t distort the hair follicle.

Pros

You can wait 6-12 weeks between treatments, and this time may increase the more you use this method alone. Less skin irritation compared to waxing, particularly with all natural ingredients. Minimal/no risk of burning or bruising. No risk of skin removal. The same area can be treated more than once without irritation. Regrowth is softer and less dense. Easy clean up because the syrup is water soluble. The syrup has natural antiseptic properties, reducing bacteria and the chance of breakouts.

Cons

Some pain, but not as much as waxing. Possible side effects include folliculitis and ingrown hairs, but these are less common with hand-applied sugaring.

There are some people who should not use this method of hair removal, and the list is longer for the spatula method. Your sugaring practitioner will conduct an assessment to determine if sugaring is safe for you, and if so, which method is most appropriate. If you are performing your own spatula-applied sugaring treatment, get your doctor’s approval. If you are performing your own hand-applied sugaring treatment, avoid treating areas that are chapped, broken, sunburned or have pimples, pustules, moles, skin tags, warts or active herpes outbreaks. Get your doctor’s approval if you have phlebitis, diabetes, or hemophilia.

Safety Tips

Follow your practitioner’s after care advice. These will likely include instructions to avoid fragrances and deodorants on treated areas and avoid sun and tanning beds for 48 hours.