This hair removal method has been around since ancient Persia or, to be more precise, since 1900 BC. It’s called sugaring, sugar waxing or Persian waxing, and removes hairs much quicker and more effectively than the waxing most of us are familiar with.
Sugaring is done with a sugar paste, which is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (it doesn’t cause breakouts or block pores), and because of that it’s suitable for the most sensitive of skin. Because the method uses a paste which contains only natural ingredients, it’s much kinder to the skin than shaving or traditional waxing. Sugaring expert Hibba Kapil says that this method is guaranteed to completely pull the hair out at the root. Unlike waxing, which apart from the hair also pulls your skin and can be quite painful, sugar binds to the hair and the hair alone and it doesn’t pull the skin. Waxing can also leave 15%-30% hair breakage behind. According to Kapil, sugaring is suitable for removing hair all over the body apart from the eyebrows – you’re better off threading or plucking. Additionally, if you persist with sugaring, over time your hair will become much sparser, lighter and finer because sugaring collapses and closes the hair follicle which gives you more permanent results.
In order to do sugaring effectively, your hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long. Also, it’s advisable that you gently exfoliate the area you are going to wax before you apply the sugar paste, as well as make sure that the area is not oily. You apply the paste in the opposite direction of hair growth, wait a few seconds for it to set in, put a waxing paper or cloth over it, and then pull it in the same direction as hair growth. After you’re done with waxing, clean the sugar paste residue with warm water because all the ingredients in the mix are water soluble, and then apply a gentle moisturizer or baby powder.
Now, you can make your own budget-friendly sugar waxing paste from sugar, lemon, and water but let us warn you that it can be messy. Essentially you are making something similar to caramel. Here’s a simple, straightforward recipe for homemade sugaring paste.
- One cup of sugar (white or brown)
- Two tablespoons of water
- 5 tablespoon of lemon juice (use freshly squeezed if possible)
Put all of the above ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on low heat. The mixture will start to melt, become thicker and turn golden-brown. Make sure you keep stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon until all sugar crystals have dissolved (it will take up to 10 minutes). The consistency should be syrup-like and, again, be careful, because the mixture is scorching hot. When the mixture turns dark brown, take it off the heat and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes. Take a glass jar, warm it up (you can do this by leaving hot water in it for a few seconds), and pour in the mixture. Leave the lid open until the sugaring paste has completely cooled down. That’s it! Before you use the paste, soften it in a microwave for ten seconds.
If you are not too keen on making your own DIY sugar waxing paste or simply have no time for it, as always, we have a couple of suggestions and recommendations about the best sugaring pastes out there.
1 – My Gold Sugar
This is an all-natural sugaring paste which contains only three ingredients – water, lemon juice and sugar. It is safe for all skin types and you can use it both on body and face. The interesting thing is that it comes in four consistencies. The one that we are featuring today is medium firm. Although, the paste can be used with a strip of cloth, the manufacturer has made this paste to be used with the strip-less method or ‘the flick method’, as the professionals call it. Again, before use, warm the paste in a microwave for 10 seconds.
Apply a ball of paste with your fingers AGAINST the hair growth. Allow the paste to sit for a few seconds. Remove the strip of paste from the skin in a quick, jerky motion in the opposite direction you applied it. Move onto the next area and keep using the same ball of sugary paste until it is no longer effectively pulling the hair out.
2 – Egyptian Sweet Sugar Hair Removal Wax Paste
This paste is actually shipped from Egypt and is 100% handmade there. It also contains sugar, water and lemon juice, but the difference between this paste and the one above is that you can use it at room temperature. However, for best results, it is recommended that you put the closed pack of wax in hot water, wait for few minutes until becomes soft and then use it. Or you can put the pack in a plastic bag and then dip the bag into hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Just try not to get the paste wet. There is no need to use cloth strips with this paste. You can easily spread it with your hands. After you warm it up, make sure you knead it between your fingers until it becomes sticky and then spread it on.
Because the Egyptian Sweet Sugar Hair Removal Paste is made from completely natural ingredients and is suitable for all skin types, it’s very unlikely that there will be any side effects or allergic reactions from its use. Also, it can be reused on the same area of the skin without fear of irritation. One pack contains 220gr of sugaring paste.
Sugaring is easy, quick, convenient, affordable, suitable for all skin types (including for the most sensitive ones), and, most importantly, it’s all natural. Whether you decide to make the waxing paste by yourself or buy one, you’ll be happy with the results and probably never go back to traditional (and rather painful) waxing ever again!