Product Type: Sugaring Hair Removal
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Less painful than you think (and the alternatives!)
Member Name: merlina
Date: 15/09/00, updated on 15/09/00 (3625 review reads)
Advantages: Quick and easy
Disadvantages: takes a bit of practice to get right
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.
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