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Is Sugaring Better than Waxing?

July 21, 2022

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Sugaring better than waxWhen we talk about effective hair removal methods, waxing and sugaring are people's favorite options. Both methods have many things in common, to the point that they even seem to follow a similar process. More importantly, they provide long-lasting results, and this is a huge benefit for people with a lot of unwanted body hair. Still, Professional Sugaring Paste is different from professional wax formulas, so you can't really expect the exact same experience from each treatment. Today, we'll assess both of these methods separately to see which is the best option.

What Is Sugaring?

Sugaring paste is a mix of sugar, lemon, and water that estheticians apply to the skin to remove unwanted body hairs. At a glance, the process is very similar to waxing, with the honey-like paste being spread on the area to be ripped out after it's become attached to the hairs.

This mix of organic ingredients has remained effective since ancient times, making sugaring one of the oldest hair removal methods still available. It works as a great alternative for clients who are wary of the artificial ingredients in their wax formulas. With that said, natural/vegan waxes are not hard to come by, and many salons have them in stock next to more traditional wax products.

Sugaring vs. Waxing

Sugaring and waxing share many advantages. Because of this, many people tend to judge them interchangeably, and many salon goers have no special preference when it comes to choosing one over the other unless they've been following a strict hair removal regime.

Sugaring better to waxingTheir main trait is that both waxing and sugaring remove the body hairs from the root, giving people a longer period to enjoy smooth skin. In both cases, the hairs take between 3 and 6 weeks to grow back, give or take.

The most notable differences between waxing and sugaring are in the requirements to conduct each treatment:
  • Melting point: Sugaring paste is generally applied at room temperature while waxes need to be heated for a short time to reach the right consistency. Many wax products have a low melting point to make the process more pleasant, but you can't let the wax cool down completely before you spread it on the skin, or it will crack before you can rip it off.

  • Application method: Soft and hard body waxes are applied following the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction after a few seconds. On the flip side, sugaring paste is applied against the hair growth and removed in the direction of hair growth. This may sound confusing but it's actually quite straightforward, and both cases offer positive results as long as you have the right technique.

  • Pain levels: Both treatments involve ripping the hair from the root, so neither of them is painless. Pain levels are tolerable for most people, as long as they don't have any skin conditions that could leave the area more sensitive than expected. Both hard waxes and sugaring paste have the advantage of adhering only to the hairs, so you can expect less pain. By contrast, soft waxes mildly exfoliate the skin to the point that they can be taxing for people with low pain tolerance.
Other factors change from one wax formula to another, as waxes offer more versatility to cater to the clients' needs and personal preferences.

For example, wax treatments can include strip wax (soft waxes need to be removed with a muslin/non-woven strip that the esthetician presses to the skin before ripping off the wax) while sugaring paste is always handled without the help of a strip.

What Makes Sugaring Effective?

Sugaring wouldn't have stayed among the best hair removal methods for so long if it didn't deliver in terms of safety and effectiveness. The fact that sugaring paste involves three natural ingredients makes it accessible for most clients while easing people's fears when they're not familiar with professional hair removal services.

To clarify, this doesn't mean that sugaring is cheaper than waxing. They have more or less similar pricing depending on how much skin you plan on treating.

Here we list the main advantages of sugaring paste while going over some of the areas we mentioned in the previous section:
  • It's versatile, and effective in most parts of the skin, including the most sensitive portions of the body.
  • It's hypoallergenic, reducing the risks of infection.
  • Doesn't have artificial ingredients.
  • It's applied at room temperature, so it feels cool on the skin.
  • It's very malleable and easy to work with.
  • Can be applied on the same area more than once because it adheres to the hairs and not the skin.

Which Is Better?

As you can see, sugaring paste and professional waxes are evenly matched in their benefits and results. If someone wants to ensure smooth skin for weeks without pesky hairs springing out before their time, these are the two best options you can offer. Still, each method is ideal for specific purposes.

sugaring better than waxingIf you choose a formula that's suitable for the skin you want to treat, waxing is as effective as sugaring without increasing the levels of discomfort. Waxing is also recommended for coarser hairs, gradually reducing the hair's thickness with each new session. On the other hand, sugaring is less likely to cause an allergy breakout on sensitive skins and it's more effective at grabbing the finer hairs that tend to slip away when you try other hair removal methods.

Clients also need to check their own skin after a session, comparing how the area responds to each method. If they've kept a routine with a particular formula (soft/hard wax, sugaring paste) without any major alterations from one session to the next, there's no reason to switch to a new hair removal solution.

Whatever you choose, Beauty Image USA provides the best products to satisfy all your clients, catering to all skin types and parts of the body. Our sugaring paste will not let you down if you're looking for all the advantages of a natural hair removal formula, and our growing variety of wax products guarantees a pleasant experience that your clients will be thankful for. Don't hesitate to contact us by calling TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out our website's contact form. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news and tips straight to your inbox.

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