I'm not sure if you are aware, but sugaring has recently made a come back on the beauty treatments scene, and by special request I have an tell all interview that should give you a little more insight for you.
I spoke to a beauty student, who studied sugaring as part of her coursework recently, thank you so much Ilze van den Berg, for being so helpful.
Here are the questions I had for her:
What is sugaring?
Sugaring is an method to gently remove any unwanted hair on the body and dates back to ancient Middle East around 1900BC.
How exactly does it work?
You get a warmer, specially made for the sugaring that you use to heat the sugar. It has a lukewarm temperature on skin. The wax is then massaged onto the skin, against the direction that the hair grows and is gently removed.
Is it painful?
Not at all. Because the sugar does not stick to the skins cells, so when pulled it does not tear or remove the top layer which often causes redness and sensitivity.
Can you use it on all body areas including face?
Yes you can, it is so gentle it can be used to remove that very fine velous hair found on ladies faces aka fluff aka peach fuzz.
Why would someone choose sugaring over waxing?
Because it removes all the hair and you can go over an area until all the hair is completely removed (with wax you cannot go over the area more than 2 times). It is not hot on the skin and you cannot burn your client. It also removes hair as early as 2 weeks after it starts growing, where as with waxing you need about 1cm of growth which normally takes about 1 month to grow, in order to have a satisfactory treatment.
How does sugaring affect ingrown hairs?
Because the sugar is removed in the direction of the hair growth, as opposed to against the direction of the hair growth (as done in waxing) it minimises the chances of getting ingrown hairs.
How often can a person sugar?
Every 3-4 weeks. But if your hair grows really fast, you can sugar as soon as 10 days after.
Do the same rules as waxing apply to sugaring eg. Hair must be at least 1cm, no perfumes on the area etc?
Not all of them. But the general rules do apply, for example, no perfumed products on the area for 24 hours after sugaring; no exposure to direct heat eg. hot bath, sauna, sun for 48 hours after sugaring; you cannot sugar over sunburn, new scars, or broken skin.
Have you tried sugaring before? Does it sound like something for you? Please share your thoughts and experiences below.