Sugar versus Wax: Here are the Facts

When it comes to hair removal, there are a lot of options out there. Shaving, depilatory creams, threading, waxing, and laser treatments are the more well known options. Although it’s been around for thousands of years, not many people know of or have heard of sugaring. Since sugaring and waxing are similar but different, we're going to lay out the differences between the two.

What's the Same?

  • both remove hair
  • both can be applied with a stick or spatula 
  • both can be removed with strips or by hand
  • both have similar sanitation requirements between services and at the end of the day
  • both are most effective when you follow your esthetician's post-service recommendation
  • both are warmed and applied in a thick paste-like state (temperature and colors differ)
  • neither causes your hair to grow back darker or thicker
  • both are slightly uncomfortable (hair is being pulled out and removed from its life source, which is naturally less than comfortable)
  • hair growth can decrease with both (the amount differs)

What's Different?

Sugaring

  • Applied under 93 degrees
  • Applied using a spatula or gloved hand
  • Removed using the same spatula or gloved hand throughout service
  • Same sugar used throughout the service
  • Only sticks to dead cells 
  • Can leave bruise-like marks if removed improperly
  • Applied in the opposite direction of hair growth
  • Removed in the direction of hair growth
  • Post-Service: Occasional red spots last anywhere from 5 minutes to under 1 hour afterward
  • Post-Service: Ingrown hairs less likely 
  • Discomfort (stinging, throbbing, general healing-type discomfort) generally goes away before you leave the spa
  • Made with natural ingredients (sugar, lemon, and water)
  • Bacteria can't breed or survive in stored sugar
  • Hair must be at least 1/8 inch long to be removed with sugar
  • Permanent results can be achieved

Waxing

  • Applied anywhere from 93-110 degrees
  • Applied using a stick or spatula
  • Removed using a new cotton strip or gloved hand each time throughout service
  • New wax used after every time wax is removed
  • Sticks to live and dead cells 
  • Can leave scab-like marks or bruise-like marks if removed improperly
  • Applied in the direction of hair growth
  • Removed in the opposite direction of hair growth (sometimes any direction)
  • Post-Service: Redness throughout whole area lasts anywhere from 5 minutes to over 1 day afterward
  • Post Service: Ingrown hairs very likely
  • Discomfort (stinging, throbbing, general healing-type discomfort) anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 day post-service
  • Made with artificial ingredients (usually resins)
  • Bacteria can breed and survive in stored wax
  • Hair must be at least 1/4 inch long to be removed with wax
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Now that you know a little bit about both hair removal options, you can find an esthetician and book services near you! No more shaving every couple of days. No matter which professional service you choose, you'll be hairless longer and you won't have to do any work. What're you waiting for? Book now!

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