Sugar waxing is one of the ancient ways of hair removal. This technique involves the use of a natural paste made from sugar, water and lemon juice to remove hair follicles from their root.
Sugar waxing is effective for up to even six weeks. There are so many different recipes one can use but the similarity is that natural products only are used. The theory behind this ancient practice is that when the hair that has been removed from the root grows back, it will be less and softer as compared to when shaving with a razor. Sugar waxing can be done at home. This will save you some bucks. It is also very easy for you to clean up thereafter.
What you will need
2 cups of sugar
¼ cup of lemon juice
¼ cup of water
A candy thermometer
Mix all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and heat it to 250 F.
At this temperature the mixture is at the hardball candy stage Remove it from the heat and let it cool.
After cooling pour it into a jar.Cut a clean cotton fabric into strips of about an inch in size. Make sure that the fabric is not woven roughly.
You have to ensure that the mixture is cool enough so that it doesn’t burn your skin. Do this by testing it on the palm of your hand.Using either a blunt knife or a Popsicle stick spread the mixture onto the part you want to wax. Cover with the strips of cloth and leave it for a few minutes. Then rip them off immediately as you would do to a bandage.
There are two types of hair sugaring techniques:
Use of paste
This is where the mixture us applied in the opposite direction the hair is growing and then flicked off in the direction of hair growth.
Use of gel
Here the gel is applied in the direction of the hair growth and removed in the opposite direction.
Tips and warnings
You may not get it right the first time. This is especially so in the heating of the mixture. To make your work easier buy a candy thermometer.
Do not pour the wax in the garbage disposal as this will clog it.
The good news however is that hot water will easily do the unclogging.When disposing the wax make sure that it has cooled down.
Put it in a bag before throwing it away.
Remember not to wax any inflamed, cut or sunburned areas.
Professionally done sugaring is more expensive than waxing because it is not as popular.
The costs will depend on where the spa or salon is located, the type, and the place you want sugar waxed.Most people find sugar waxing less painful than waxing. This is because sugar doesn’t stick much to the skin like wax. The most painful areas however include the upper lip, chest, genital and bikini areas.Over time sugar waxing can go from a temporary solution to a permanent one.
This is because the hair follicles may get damaged and stop the growth of hair.