Sugaring vs. Waxing: Everything You Need to Know
It's impossible to keep up with the hair removal world when a new device is popping up every other day. However, waxing and sugaring are hair removal techniques that have been around since the beginning of time. Research says that hair removal is increasingly the norm in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, but has been documented happening as early as Ancient Egypt. Waxing and sugaring are often grouped together because both techniques lift hair from the root of the hair follicle and has a longer effect on the skin than shaving. But completely separate ingredients are used in each, which is important to consider depending on your skin type.
To give us the lowdown, we tapped Enrique Ramirez, who is a wax expert, aesthetician, and founder of Face to Face spa based in NYC.
"Sugaring is an organic way of removing hair using a sugar paste mixed with lemon juice and sugar," says Ramirez.
"Waxing is aromatherapy-based," explains Ramirez. "It’s gentle with a composition of essential oils that makes waxing less irritating and close to painless."
Sugaring Vs. Waxing
"Sugaring is an organic paste made for those who prefer organic, natural, gluten free approaches to life," says Enrique. "The waxing offered at Face to Face is close to organic with a touch of aromatherapy from scents of lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. The level of pain depends on the pain threshold of the individual—no hair removal is left unnoticed or not felt unless you’re unconscious. Some tolerate either techniques well and others can’t even look at sugaring without breaking out. Results really depend on each individual and their specific skin type. In terms of technique, sugaring paste is molded onto the skin using a gloved hand then removed, while wax can be use with a strip or alone.
Consider Your Skin Type When Deciding on Sugaring vs. Waxing
According to Ramirez, each technique depends on the body area, hair thickness, and length. For fine hair, he suggests sugaring and for thicker hair he recommends waxing. "Clients tend to comment that smoother results last longer with sugaring than waxing," he says. "I personally prefer sugaring as results last longer and it's less redness left afterwards."
There you have it. If you've found that your skin feels aggravated after waxing, you may want to give sugaring a try, which is better for sensitive skin. Either way, both techniques remove hair for an extended amount of time.