Sugaring Hair Removal

Sugaring hair removal, also been called sugar waxing because it's applied similar to waxing. Sugaring is an ancient middle-eastern practice uses an all natural paste or gel made from sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. The results can last up to six weeks. Sugaring is so similar to waxing, however, there are many differences.

Sugaring Waxing
100% natural. Made from sugar, water, and lemon extract Contain resin which irritates the skin
Hair is removed in the natural direction of growth Can only be removed in the opposite direction of hair growth
Can remove really short hairs Hair must be longer
Less breakage 15-30% breakage
Helps avoid ingrown hairs Often creates ingrown problems
Pain is minimal Very painful, especially for first timers
Only clings to the dead skin cells Resin clings even to the live skin cells, it is the reason of pain
Will not cause skin burns as it uses paste May cause severe burns because wax has to be hot to be used
Bacteria does not breed or survive in sugar Bacteria breeds, can bruise skin, can cause rashes and bumps
Water soluble, will never ruin clothes Difficult to clean up, solvent might be needed for cleaning
Skin feels soft and fresh after sugaring Skin feels uncomfortable for a period of time

Making The Sugaring

Heating Directions

2 Cups Sugar - The sugar can be any kind of sugar, white, dark, brown, but only granulated
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice - Freshly squeezed
1/4 Cup Water

Sugaring Hair Removal
  1. Get a medium-big sized pot. The reason you need such a big pot for a small batch is that the mixture starts to bubble and it can overflow if you use a small pot.
  2. Stir over medium heat to a boil. Then, turn the heat down to low-medium and allow the solution to simmer for about 25 minutes until it turns a dark shade of amber. It is critical to allow the solution to reach this dark color because if it doesn't cook long enough, the consistency won't be pliable enough for sugaring to work.
  3. After the sugaring solution has cooled off, pour it into an airtight container immediately. If action is not taken then the wax will stick to the pot and end up ruining the pot or causing a major cleanup later.
  4. Careful! This will cause serious burns if it's not cooled down properly before applying. Before apply the wax, to re-heat, simply warm over another pot of simmering water.

Microwave Version

1 Cups Sugar - The sugar can be any kind of sugar, white, dark, brown, but only granulated
1/4 Cup Honey
Juice From One Half Lemon

  1. Combine items in a large glass bowl then heat in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, then take out and mix it.
  2. Continue to heat and mix the sugar wax in 20 second increments after that for five to seven times. The mixture will bubble heavily, so keep a close watch and stir frequently to ensure that the mixture isn't burning. Checking your mixture, when it's done, it should be bubbly and somewhat thicker than it was when you first mixed it, look like the melted peanut butter. You don't want it to be too thick, because that means your wax is overcooked and won't work properly.
  3. Once it is thick and amber in color, take it out and stir the mixture until it is smooth and bubble free. Allow to cool down a bit before pouring into a glass canning jar and letting it rest till it's at room temperature.

Apply The Sugaring

Sugaring Hair Removal
  1. Warm the sugaring paste in the microwave for about 15 seconds. It will be ready when it's soft, sticky, and warm. Keep warming it in 15 second increments until its ready.
  2. Prepare your skin. Make sure it's clean and dry, but don't wax immediately after taking a hot bath or shower. Lightly dust the surface with cornstarch and rub it in. Lightly is key, this will help protect the skin a bit so the paste doesn't stick to it as much helping lessen the pain.
  3. Using a dull butter knife, apply a thin layer of the sugaring paste. Do this in the opposite direction of the hair growth in no larger than a 2 inch by 4 inch section. If you apply too much you will have a problem removing the hair cleanly.
  4. Apply a fabric strip directly on top of the wax, making sure you cover all of it. Using 3 inch by 6 inch strips of denim going to give you a great grip and you can reuse them by throwing them in the wash. Rub the strip with your hand up and down 4-5 times, applying a little pressure so that the fabric sticks to all of the wax.
  5. Let it sit for about a minute then Hold your skin taut with one hand. With the other hand, quickly pull the strip off of your skin in the opposite direction that you spread the wax.
  6. Repeat this procedure on other areas of your skin until all the unwanted hair is removed. If the wax gets too thick to use, put it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, stir, and wait until the temperature is right.
  7. Rinse any remaining sugar paste off and pat dry. Apply lotion afterwards.
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