Waxing and Sugaring, the difference?

Waxing or Sugaring removes your hair for the short term, it is quick and accessible.  Waxing and Sugaring have the same basic premise.  Apply a sticky solution to the skin surface on the unwanted hair.  Then using strips of cloth, place them over the treated area and quickly pull the cloth off the skin, pulling the hair out of the skin by the root.  It is quite a popular method for temporary hair removal for women as well as men.  Waxing or Sugaring is successful if done by a professional practitioner for removing unwanted hair temporarily.  It is a bit more difficult to do either of these methods yourself.

Waxing and sugaring have less hair breakage at the surface of the skin that can cause ingrown hair problems.

Waxing differs from sugaring in that waxing uses hot wax that may cause a burn if applied too hot.  Cold wax is also a method of waxing available but is less effective.  The heat from the hot wax helps to open the skins pores making it easier to remove unwanted hair.

Sugaring is done with a paste that is at room temperature.  It begins to warm up with the body temperature of your skin as you use the sugaring compound, making it more pliable.  The sugaring compound is made of sugar, lemon and water.  The only contraindications for sugaring are Retin A users and Acutane users.  People who have used Retin A in 3 days prior to sugaring should not be sugaring.  People who have used Acutane, must wait 6-12 months before sugaring.

Sugaring exfoliates as it removes the unwanted hair, making it a more desirable way of removing hair then waxing.  Exfoliation helps alleviate pain associated with hair removal.  The exfoliation also prevents any rashy bumps that are sometimes associated with hair removal.

How does Waxing  work?

Waxing is a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face or body.  Liquid wax is applied to the skin and strips of cloth are adhered to the wax.  The cloth strips are then pulled off the skin in the direction of the hair growth, removing the unwanted hair.  Hair re-growth is slow, and usually occurs within 2-8 weeks after waxing.

How does Sugaring  work?

Sugaring is also a temporary method of removing unwanted hair from the face or body.  A combination of sugar, lemon and water is mixed to form a paste.  The paste is at room temperature and applied to the skin.  The paste is dragged against the direction of hair growth and then just like tweezing the paste is flicked in the opposite direction pulling the hair out by the root.  You never want to sugar in the opposite direction because hair would break off and it would not last very long.

How to Wax

Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin.  A cloth or paper strip is then adhered on top of the wax and ripped off with a quick motion in the direction of the hair growth.  This removes the wax, the unwanted hair, and dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth and soft.

How to Sugar

Sugaring is similar to waxing.  The sugar paste only sticks to the hair and not the skin making it less painful.  Sugaring paste is prepared with common household items and may be left at room temperature.  The area for hair removal is then dusted with powder prior to the sugaring application.  After the paste is applied, strips of cloth or paper are then applied to the sugaring paste and ripped off in the direction of the hair growth.  A more advanced method is also available where the strips of cloth or paper are not used.  Instead, the paste itself acts as the cloth and the paste is flicked in the natural direction of the growth pulling out the hair.


1.     Apply the wax or sugaring agent over the target hairs in the direction of the hairs natural growth

2.     Apply strips of cloth or paper over the treated area.

3.     Rip the strip of cloth or paper off the treated area in the direction of the air growth removing the unwanted hair.

4.     Apply hand pressure over treated area to help dispense the pain.

The Best Areas to Wax or Sugar on Your Face or Body

Because waxing or sugaring involves the pulling of more than one hair at a time, it is most effective on larger areas of the body or face.  It is a fast easy process and is best done through a certified or licensed practitioner.

The best places to wax or sugar unwanted hair on the face or body for men and women are:

·      Upper lip

·      Eyebrows

·      Chest

·      Back

·      Legs

·      Bikini Line

·      Buttocks

How Long Waxing or Sugaring Lasts

When wax or sugaring paste is taken off in the direction of hair growth, hair removal lasts longer.  Hair re-growth usually occurs within 2-8 weeks after waxing or sugaring.

Pros and Cons of Waxing Hair


1.     Long lasting

2.     Re-growth is finer hair

3.     Quick if done by professional

4.     Very useful method for heavy hair removal



1.     Painful

2.     Difficult for small areas

3.     If not done properly can cause injury to the skin

4.     Some areas are difficult to do yourself

The Risks of Waxing

1.     Burn if wax is too hot

2.     If not cautious skin can rip off along with wax

3.     Bruising of skin

4.     Rash if you have sensitive skin

The Risks of Sugaring

1.     Bruising the skin

2.     Rash if you have sensitive skin

Waxing and SugaringTips

1.     To avoid skin appearing darker after waxing or sugaring, avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after waxing.

2.     Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions when waxing.

3.     Patch test the waxing or sugaring agent on the skin before using to avoid allergic reaction.

4.     Hair should be at least 1/8 inch long when performing waxing or sugaring

5.     Wash skin thoroughly and dry it well before using either method of hair removal.

6.     If painful and discomfort after waxing or sugaring, apply a pain reducing gel or lotion over treated area.

7.     After waxing or sugaring, apply a warm washcloth over treated area to soothe area.

8.     For removing facial hair, apply a thin amount of waxing or sugaring agent and work in small areas at a time.

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What’s a depilatory anyway?

Depilatories are somewhere between shaving and waxing or sugaring as a method for hair removal. A depilatory can be in the form of a gel, cream, lotion, aerosol, roll on or powder. Depilatories are a mixture of a mildly caustic chemical that contains a form of calcium and sodium. When this chemical is applied to the skin, it dissolves the keratin in any hair shaft, providing hair removal that goes just below the skins surface. Most depilatories smell quite unpleasant, however you can clear large areas of unwanted hair quickly and remain that way for a longer time then you would if shaving. Depilatories are a simple do-it-yourself method of removing unwanted hair temporarily.

Depilatories may not be the best answer for hair removal if your hair is coarse. Coarse hair tends to be stubborn when trying to remove the hair from desired areas on the body. Depilatories work best on fine, soft hair. They are ideal for use by women who only have soft peach fuzz to remove and people from an Asian background who tend to be less heavily fuzzed.

How do Depilatories work?
Depilatories are a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face. They are ideal for use on large areas of unwanted hair. The calcium, sodium chemical combination tends to dissolve the keratin from the shaft of the hair allowing it to be removed gently when the cream is removed. Hair re-growth usually occurs within 2-3 weeks after using depilatories.

How to Use Depilatories
When trying depilatories for the first time, be sure to try a patch test on your forearm just in case you have a reaction to the chemical agent. It is fairly rare for this to happen, but these caustic chemicals may cause skin irritation, discoloration or allergy.

As with any product, read the manufacturers label and instructions before using. Apply the recommended amount of solution on the desired area. DO not forget to time yourself because leaving one of these agents on the skin for too long can cause burns which may be painful. When removing a depilatory cream, if all the hair is not removed, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REAPPLY THE DEPILATORY. Doing so will cause the skin to burn.

1. Always clean the skin first by applying a warm compress to the area hair is to be removed. This opens the hair follicles and removes any soil that may in the way of the cream working.
2. Apply the depilatory agent liberally over the area of hair to be removed. Always follow the package instructions.
3. Leave product on the hair and skin for the designated amount of time. This varies according to manufacturer.
4. When removing the product, use a damp cloth in downward strokes
5. Rinse off excess product on the hair and skin.

The Best Areas on the Body to use Depilatories
Depilatories are most effective on large portions of the body where a lot of hair is to be removed. If you are considering using depilatories on your face, make sure that the product was designed for that purpose. These types of products tend to be very strong smelling from the chemical compounds they contain. The fumes from these chemicals can cause eye irritation. Depilatories should never be used on chapped, open or broken skin.

The best places to use depilatories for unwanted hair on the body for men and women are:
• Bikini line
• Pubic region
• Chest
• Back
• Legs
• Under Arm

How Long Do Depilatories Last
After using a depilatory agent for hair removal, expect to use the depilatory agent again in 4-5 days, when the hair grows back. Hair may grow back lighter in color and thinner and less coarse then original hair appeared.

Pros and Cons of Depilatories
1. Relatively inexpensive
2. Quick
3. Very useful method for large areas of the body
4. No Pain
5. Exfoliates the skin as it works

1. Possible allergic reaction
2. Strong chemical smell, fumes
3. Messy application
4. Results vary largely
5. Not advisable for small areas on the face

The Risks of Using Depilatories
1. Chemical burn from prolonged use
2. Rash if you have sensitive skin
3. Skin discoloration if darker skin tone

Depilatory Tips
1. Test a small patch of skin first to determine if there is an allergic or sensitive reaction to the depilatory agent. Wait 24 hours before using the agent.
2. Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions.
3. Set a timer to ensure that the depilatory remained on the unwanted for the suggested amount of time according to the manufacturers instructions.
4. If skin becomes itchy after use, discontinue use of the depilatory and apply a soothing lotion such as aloe vera or an anti-inflammatory skin cream.
5. To minimize irritation, try not to exfoliate (do not scrub the skin or use a mask or cleaning agent) beforehand and be sure to follow up the depilatory with a thorough rinsing and moisturizer.

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