If you’re keeping your finger on the pulse of the beauty community, chances are you’ve at least heard of sugaring before, and much everyone knows what waxing is at this point. However, you may not know all the benefits and potential drawbacks of either waxing or sugaring. Knowing both is crucial to making the right choice. Here’s what you need to know about sugaring, waxing, and their similarities and differences.
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Waxing is the more popular treatment between the two. Is it worth all the hype?
What Is It?
In waxing, an expert applies a warm wax mixture to the skin, then covers that wax mixture with a strip of cloth or paper. After the wax mixture cools completely, the expert peels off the strip, bringing the wax mixture with it. That wax sticks to the skin and hair, ripping the hair out by the root and allowing the skin to stay smooth for up to eight weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.
The biggest pro for waxing is that it’s a simple and effective way to remove unwanted hair. Many people like waxing because it’s more effective than shaving; because it removes the hair strand by the root, waxing lasts for much longer than shaving. It’s also a widespread option, and you can be almost certain that any salon that offers spa treatments will also offer waxing of certain areas.
Most people know the main con of waxing: It’s painful. Because the wax sticks to the top layer of skin as well as to your hair cells, it’s often extremely painful when the waxer pulls it off. Waxing can also be a bad idea for people with sensitive skin, as those with sensitive skin can have a reaction to the warm wax or to the process of removing it.
Though sugaring might seem new, it’s actually been around for thousands of years. Should you consider trying it out?
- What Is It?
Sugaring uses a paste that often includes only water, sugar, and lemon juice. The expert warms this paste to a precise temperature, then applies it to the area similarly to applying warm wax. However, no strips are necessary for sugaring. Instead, the expert allows the paste to cool, then pulls it off in a specialized manner. It removes the hair from the root as with waxing.
Perhaps the largest pro of sugaring is the fact that it’s usually less painful than waxing while achieving many of the same benefits. Sugaring can remove hair from the root, but it doesn’t stick as much to the top layer of skin. That means you can get hair removal without dealing with the same amount of pain as you might with waxing. It’s also water-soluble, so you can remove the excess more easily.
For most people, the main con of sugaring is the fact that not as many people offer it. It’s a very old technique of hair removal, but waxing has gained more popularity in recent years, leading to it becoming the predominant method of hair removal. Sugaring requires a secondary certification process, which means not all salons or spas offer sugaring rather than waxing.
Which Should You Choose?
As you might have expected, neither waxing nor sugaring has an inherent benefit over the other. Making your choice is all about understanding the pros and cons of both waxing and sugaring. For example, sugaring might not be a good idea if you have certain health concerns, while waxing might not be great if you have especially sensitive skin.
If you’re planning to be an esthetician, it’s a good idea to take a sugaring certification course. This expands your options when it comes to the services you’re able to offer clients. It also makes you dramatically more employable, as spas and salons are always looking for people who won’t have to take extra courses to offer the hottest new trends.
Both waxing and sugaring are important options for people looking for a new method of hair removal. If you’re more interested in providing hair removal than in receiving it, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s esthetics program may be the right option for you. This program can set you on the path toward becoming an esthetician.