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Waxing vs. Sugaring

Waxing versus sugaring has long been a debate in both the professional setting and in the client's mind. Here I plan to offer my insights into some of the main differences.

First, let's talk about waxing. I am a waxer, I may be biased in some points of view, but that is not my intention. Waxing, to me, is simple and straight forward. As with all hair removal services, there are some similarities as well as differences.

When it comes to waxing, there are two main types soft and hard (I will cover the differences of these in a later post). For now, I will say that both have their purpose for specific areas on the body. With waxing, the wax is heated using a "wax warmer" this can sometimes cause the wax to become too "warm" if the practitioner is not keeping certain precautions in mind.

What I genuinely appreciate about waxing is that (for the most part) it is one strip (of wax), and its done, no need to continually go over the same area several times to get all of the hair removed. It is this fact (for me) what makes a waxing session much faster than sugaring (in my experience).

Now let us cover the topic of sugaring. What I love about sugaring is that it requires little to no heat at all to make it a workable product. It is so easy to clean up if any residue is left behind. Then, of course, the skin alone feels so soft, almost like baby skin after the process is over. It is a myth about sugaring being "less painful" than waxing; pain is relative to the person and the technique, not the product.

One of the drawbacks (for me anyway) is that you may need to go over an area several times to get all of the hair. It can be especially true if it is a person transitioning from shaving or waxing to sugaring. Sugaring also requires that the client comes back more frequently at the start of the process to ensure the best results.

When it comes to waxing and sugaring, the more regular you are, the better the outcomes. I have used both sugar and wax on "sensitive" clients; it does not seem to make that big of a difference (to me).

While there are many claims that sugar is "natural" or "organic," the fact is that neither product is entering the body. If someone is allergic, I have discovered it has more to do with fragrance and aftercare products than wax vs. sugar. It comes down to personal choice. I have both in my office and made use of the products on several clients. What makes wax my primary choice is simply time, I am sure if I continued to practice with sugar time would not be a factor any longer, but for now wax it is.

I hope this helped explain some of the differences between waxing and sugaring.

See you next week.


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