Sugaring: how does it work and what are the benefits

In aid of Professional Beauty's Waxing & Sugaring Week (May 18–25), we explore the rise in sugaring – a natural alternative to waxing which is growing in popularity – and how it compares to its traditional waxing counterparts.  

"Sugaring, often referred to as 'sugar waxing', is experiencing a resurgence in popularity because it offers an alternative to waxing that uses entirely natural ingredients. Sugar waxes are most commonly made from sugar, water and lemon juice to give a honey-like consistency," says Rosie Khandwala, co-founder of Aqua Natural, a certified vegan sugar wax product range.

"The product contains no chemicals or resins so it can be made in an entirely vegan and cruelty-free way. As it’s water soluble, any residue washes away with warm water, making it eco-friendly. Spillages are easily cleaned up and customers can put clothes back on without fear of damaging them."

She adds: "Like wax, the product is warmed and applied using a spatula, then removed using a fabric strip. It requires no additional training as the technique is the same as waxing. However, with sugaring, there is minimal need for pre- or post-wax products. 

"Sugar wax sticks to the hair, not the skin. This leads to a gentler, less painful treatment, which reduces redness and soreness. It also eliminates the risk of ingrowing hair and leaves a smooth finish. However, preparing the skin for sugar waxing requires cleansing to make sure it is free from moisturisers and oils and then dusting with talc to ensure the skin is dry in order for the product to stick to the hairs.

"Because the product only sticks to the hair, smaller hairs aren’t always caught first time with sugaring, but the same area can be treated multiple times as the skin isn’t damaged."

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