Sugar wax vs strip wax: the pros and cons

Q: What are the pros and cons of sugar wax versus standard strip wax?  

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. 

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.

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.

Rosie KhandwalaRosie Khandwala is co-founder of Aqua Natural, a certified vegan sugar wax product range, and has been manufacturing sugar products for more than 30 years.

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