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I first found out about the sugaring method of hair removal over the internet, I was looking for a better chemical free method of pulling body hair and this seem really cool due to the fact that was made of mainly sugar with the occasional lemon and essential oils added to it. The simplicity of it is really fascinating, I lived all this long without even hearing about so I had to try it. The method works by heating up a bit a ready made sugaring solution, applying it on the legs in the hair growth direction with a wood spatula, applying a cotton strip over the sugar paste and then pulling it in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The cotton strips can be washed and reused many times after. The residue left over on the legs can just be washed out after with warm water, being sugar it dissolves right away. I personally find it work better then normal wax strips and perhaps a little less painful. The hair take about 3 weeks to start growing back with me. The more I do it the less the hair comes back and slower, so is worth keep doing it for me. Initial I never seen any such sugaring products in any shops ever so I had to order over the internet. I first came across a company called Moom from which I ordered a kit. I was very impressed with the product but it coasted £14 for a kit and that was only enough to do my legs up until knees. On the long run I have not ordered again because I found this to be expensive and I could of just gone to a proper saloon to have it done by a professional and save myself a lot of trouble. Soon I discovered that the Body shop also sells it. I really like the ones from the Body Shop because they make a really an affordable product that works well and not to mention very cheap. It costs £8 per 250ml, that is enough to get your legs done all the way up, and underarms if you can bear it. There is also the roll-on which cost £7 per 100 ml;. I advice to buy this and once is used up refill it back with the cheaper one as the roll is easier to use and it also has a black strip sideways that warns you if the solution is too hot. This way the sugaring solution will always be at the right safe temperature so I never burn. I just do not feel safe to use anything else as even feeling the sugaring pot I can not guess if I reheated it to a safe level. Overall I am very happy to discover the sugaring method, I like to know I am not using unnecessary chemicals on my body plus it also works very well for me. In the future I am looking forward to try new brands. By the way this can also be DIY'ed at home and there are many recipes over the internet, that would be super cheap to make at home. I personally have tried once and I did not succeeded in getting the paste right but I will try again, I don't give up so easily!
With all these ways of getting rid of unwanted hair a girl can wonder if too much choice is a bad thing, but thankfully I have turned to the ancient art of sugaring to remove my hair. We all have hair we wish we could hide don’t try and deny it and so I would recommend that you consider sugaring. What is sugaring…? It is a completely natural, and organic, method of hair removal, which is years and years old. Sugaring will remove any unwanted hair, but get this, your skin will be left very smooth and soft because it gets rid of any dead skin cells. A sticky paste is put on the unwanted hair and then ripped off. Sounds a little like waxing doesn’t it! However it is one of the most effective forms of hair removal, and the effects last longer than shaving or waxing. Also you are not left with stubbley legs/what ever! It originated in the middle east, and so is a very culturally diverse treatment that unlike many others (i.e. waxing) uses only natural ingredients and is only warmed slightly, meaning there is not a lot of irritation to the skin. Well I found it to be so anyway. You will also find that as you have more than one treatment not only will the pain decrease, as the root is being weakened, but the hair will grow back finer and lighter, making it much more difficult to notice. Where as with shaving you only tempt the hair to grow more and courser! It will not get rid of the hair forever but make it less noticable between treatments and whilst growing back. How is it done…? A sticky sugar paste is applied to the unwanted hair and then depending on where on the body it is, the paste is shaped so that it removes the correct hairs. A white strip is then applied on the paste, pressed down and then the strip ripped off, simple as that, very similar to waxing actually, except with sugar! Does it hurt…? Well I would be lying if I said no, in fact I sat there and asked the wom an if she was going to hurt me when I was being sugared. You will find that the first time is the most painful, as you are pulling a healthy hair out of a healthy root. After treatments the root s weakened and so is the hair, this makes it less painful as time goes on. As for the pain it didn’t really hurt, it was just stinging for a few seconds afterwards, I am not a person who deals with pain but this was nothing. Well I suppose if I can stand to have a tattoo then pulling out a few hairs should be a doodle! How does it compare to other treatments…? Well I think it is far superior, let us look at the alternatives: Shaving - Well it take ages to shave and the effects only last at least a day. You will find your legs get a lot of stubble on them, which is not very attractive. There is also the risk of cutting yourself, I have on occasion had big gash up my leg. Also shaving encourages re-growth to be faster and the hair thicker and darker, so all round not a good method to me. Waxing - Waxing uses unnatural ingredients, which can have adverse effects on the skin. Waxing is also very, very painful and it hurts just as much every time. It is also much more difficult to apply, as you need the strips and everything, ladies you know what I mean. On the other hand sugar paste is natural and water soluble, so it can easily be washed off your face, the unwanted residue I mean. Plus the pain gets less each treatment and the effects are longer. Plucking - Much superior to this I found, I can spend ages trying to pluck my eyebrows and into get all the little hairs, you know the ones that clog in the make-up, and it is quite painful. Sugaring got all the hairs in one go, provided shape and was only one lot of pain! How long does it last…? The effects are not permanent but are longer than other methods. It is usually at least a week before any hair begins to grow back, and as I said it is much lighter and not as noticable. The hair goes away for longer than with any other method so enjoy your hair free bits. Should you use other hair removal methods as well…? This is not recommended, it can be counter productive and reduce the effects of the treatment, especially as you may get hairs growing back darker. As with all hair removal methods I suppose it is best to stick to only one and not mix and match. Advice… You are advised that at least 24 hours before having the sugaring treatment you do not use oils, lotions, moisturizers etc. If you do then it may inhibit the action of the paste. Also be careful what you put on it afterwards, as you could do damage to the pores. Also the hair has to be at least a quarter of an inch in length in order for the treatment to work, the paste has to have something to get hold of you see. Prices… Well my local sugaring consultant charges the following prices, I am sure that all will be different but there shouldn’t be too much variation. Eyebrows - £4 Top lip and chin area - £5 Neck - £4 Under arms - £5 Arms - £6 Hands and fingers - £4 Bikini line - £5 Half Legs - £8 Full Legs - £10 Not too badly priced I suppose, for the time it takes. My experience… Well now I have fully explained what the treatment is, well as best as I can, I suppose I better give you my experiences of sugaring. Well here goes, I’ll tell you what happened to me today… I was feeling a little low and decided that I need a girlie session to cheer me up, although I am not really a girlie girl it somehow always works to boost the spirits, well that or alcohol! I remembered that my hairdressers had just rented out a room to a beauty consultant, well a sugaring consultant rally and so I popped in to see if she could fit me in for a little preening. She didn’t have a lot of time and so I just had my eyebrows sorted out, something I have ever had done before but wanted doing. See no matter how much I pluck my eyebrows I cannot get them to shape properly or remove all the hairs that I want to. When she told me she had time to tidy and shape them I decided to go for it. So I lay down on her nice clean white bed thing, consulting bed or whatever it’s called, and tried to relax. She was a really nice woman and we had a right good long chat whilst she was sorting my hair out. She first of all prepared the area, by cleaning it and then opening the pores with cotton wool dipped in hot water. And that was the preparation. I was a little nervous but she relaxed me very well and put on the paste. This is a very wired sensation and I could feel the paste pulling my eyebrow hairs. She then used a tool of some form to move the paste so that my eyebrows where re-shaped and thinned. Once everything was set the little white strip went on and after a couple of seconds pressing it into the paste she took it off. Boy did it sting, but she covered the area, which eased the pain, and in a few seconds it was all over. She then repeated the process on the other eyebrow, and fiddled about to get the shape the same, and then that was it. She did a little pruning of the top of my eyebrow with tweezers and then let me have a look to pass the new shape. As the mirror moved towards my face I was in anticipation and then when I saw it I panicked! My lovely eyebrows where all red and swollen, not an attractive sight I can tell you. But looking past that the new shape was fantastic and framed my whole face a lot better. She then cleaned off the residue and sealed the area with a special cream, which apparently reduced the redness, a little, not that it did a lot of good. I paid the woman and went out into the big wide world, a little self-conscious about the huge red swelling. But after a few hours the swelling went down and so did the redness, which was a relief and now I am extremely happy with my new eyebrows, much more defined and sophisticated. Well worth the £4 and few seconds of pain. The whole treatment on my eyebrows lasted 40 minutes, about 20 seconds of that was pain, so not too bad I would say. The woman says I should go back in 3 – 6 weeks for them doing again, depending on my growth rate. Where can I have it done…? Well you can get sugaring kits to do at home yourself but I would recommend using a salon if you have never used this method of hair removal before. I am not sure of the cost of home kits but you cannot do eyebrows yourself, and as for under arms it is much more painful done at hoe yourself. Personally I would recommend paying the bit extra and getting it done at a salon professionally. What is it best for…? Well it is a lot better for those of us with sensitive skin as it does not cause irritations and is gentle. Sugaring can be used on any part of the body but it is best for the face. It is also good for the messy people, who spill things as it is water soluble, but if you use it at home then heat it, but not too much, and do not use a cold sugaring kit, bad idea. So over all I highly recommend sugaring, but do not use it if you want to have electrolysis later in life, as it ruins the hair root. It is not very painful and is cheap. Just make sure it is done properly and then enjoy the results, far superior to other methods of hair removal to me.
July 1st UPDATE - I was so impressed by this, that I have booked to have my eyebrows done again on the 9th. I haven't booked to get my eyelashes tinted again though. ******************************************** ORIGINAL OPINION On Monday, I had a girlie day, as some of you will know from my opinion on eyelash tinting! I had my hair cut and highlighted by my friend, who is a qualified hairdresser and beautician. She also offered to treat my eyebrows with a technique called sugaring. I hadn’t heard of this. I’ve never sugared or waxed anything, and although I do shave, I use my other half’s disposable razors and only attempt my legs when they’re forced to come out of hiding, like when it’s as hot as it has been today. As for my eyebrows, someone once told me that I had lovely shaped eyebrows and never to pluck them. I can’t remember who it was, but I took their advice. Besides not knowing what perfect eyebrows look like, to be honest, I just can’t be arsed. So my friend mentioned sugaring and recommended I get my eyebrows done. She offered to do it for free, but usually charges £3.50 and quoted salon prices as around £5. I decided to trust my friend’s judgement and let her get on with it. My hair was put up out of the way, I had my glasses removed, and I retreated to that blurry myopic world I then inhabit. She had meanwhile mixed up a thick gloopy kind of concoction, stirred it and put a wooden brush in, turning it round until it was covered with the stuff, but not enough for it to drip. She warned me it would feel warm, but I would describe it as HOT. It wasn’t too hot though, just a bit of a shock to the system, but once I got used to it, it became rather soothing. She applied this to the area around my eyebrows and above my nose, doing one part at a time. Apparently, the concoction was sugar-based, so that it can be removed with water if it is accidentally applied to a wrong bit. This makes it safer to work with than wax. The hot solution is brushed on over the right area, then a white strip of plaster-type material is placed over the area and pushed down. She then tried to distract me by asking me a question, while quickly pulling the plaster off. I had been waiting for the unpleasant bit, so hadn’t been distracted at all, but it wasn’t as bad as I had expected. It made me wince a little bit, but no howls of pain. After she had done one eyebrow, she did the other the same way, and the section in the middle where stray hairs often gather for a chat and coffee. Each time she removed the plaster, she showed me how much hair she had removed and there did seem to be rather a lot. Then she told me to look in a mirror. Well, I had to admit my eyebrows had a better shape to them and more definition. They were thinner and more sculptured. Yes, they were red for a couple of hours afterwards, but that soon went down and I was pleased with the final result. So overall, it is slightly painful but only for a couple of seconds. It is cheap and quick. I am planning to have another girlie day in August to get my hair done again and yes, I’ll get my eyebrows sugared again too. The jury’s still out on the eyelash tinting.
I tried sugaring as an alternative to waxing but I wasn't very impressed with the result. Sugaring can be used for the removal of unwanted hair on the face (upper lip), bikini line, under arms, or legs. It's fairly inexexpensive and easy to use. All you have to do is to dissolve the sugar in hot water and apply. The fabric strips supplied are placed on the area being treated. When the sugar is dry you simply pull off the strips and the hair comes with them. This was very painfull and only about 90 percent effective. It left some hairs behind. Waxing is probably slighty more painful but it is more effective. If you have strong hair growth I wouldn't recommend this treatment as it doesn't work properly and it is unpleasant to use. If you are prepared to put up with the pain then use waxing as it is much more effective.
Sugaring is a type of hair removal, and a term that covers two types of treatment. The most common is very similar to waxing in that a solution is smoothed onto the skin and whipped off with cloth or paper strips, taking the hair with it. Sugaring is available both as kits to do at home, as well as in a salon - and I'd always recommend that anyone who hasn't used this method of depilation before has at least one salon treatment to see how it's done and whether it's effective for you. Whether sugaring or waxing is 'better' is really a matter of personal preference, your skin type and how tough the hair is that you want to remove. Sensitive skins, very broadly speaking, are usually better with sugaring because it's gentler (the solution adheres to the skin rather less than with waxing) and the products are usually less likely to cause a reaction. For the same reason, sugaring is also likely to be less painful. On the other hand sugaring is generally less effective, you're likely to have a few more stray hairs after sugaring and it tends to be much less effective on folks with very strong hair growth or on areas like underarms and bikini lines. Sugaring is easier to do at home, not least because the product is always water soluble so if you spill it on the carpet/towel/clothes it's easy to wash off. Here's a (I hope!) foolproof way to do it. * Don't have a bath/shower (especiallya hot one) for several hours before sugaring * Make sure skin is clean and absolutely dry. Give a quick rub with a towel to make sure. Some people find applying a very light dusting of (non-perfumed) talc can help here. * heat sugar (usually in a microwave). Be very careful. This stuff can get very hot and cause nasty burns. Test temperature carefully. * With spatula apply the thinnest layer you can (practice on relatively easy areas like shins to start with). Always apply product in direction of hair growth * Very firmly press and smooth removal strip onto waxed area. Start with small areas at a time. * Pull skin taut with one hand and, keeping your other hand low against the skin (don't jerk upwards), rip the strip off as quickly as you can, against the direction of hair growth. * If stray hairs are left behind, don't reapply solution to remove them. Either tweeze stragglers out or redo at least 24 hours later Currently, beauticians are taught that nothing, not even water should be applied to a waxed or sugared area immediately afterwards (alleged risk of infection). Personally, I do rinse the area (because it is a little bit sticky) and if someone's skin looks a bit sore apply either a t-tree or aloe gel. As to brands of sugaring kits, of those on sale to the public I think the Body Shop's is about the best. There are 'cold-sugaring' treatments, but I find them hard to use and generally very overpriced The other type of sugaring is more properly called threading, and is available in salons generally in areas with big Asian populations. It's a traditional Asian method of hair removal which involves applying a similar sugar solution and then using threads to flick away the hairs. This is enormously skilled and it takes years of practice to get it right, but if you do have a salon that offers this near you do try it out, just because it's absolutely fascinating to watch a skilled therapist do this. Finally, both waxing and sugaring are increasingly recommended for facial hair. Certainly they work, but if you think you may want electrolysis in the future, don't use this method of depilation. The constant pulling can distort the little hair follicle, making electrolysis impossible. Precautions: always test any product on a small area before proceeding. People taking oral RetinA should never have waxing or sugaring (a good salon should always ask - run like a mile from one that doesn't!). Various other medications can sensitise skin, so do check before proceeding.
Hair removal method for excess hair on the body, including upper lip, underarms, bikini line and legs