The Sweet Side Of Hair Removal: Sugaring
There are a number of hair removal methods available today. The most recent and modern is hair removal by laser treatments.
But – Hair removal by laser treatments is also the most expensive of all hair removal methods and contrary to anything you may have heard or read in the past, laser treatments are not a form of permanent hair removal and do cause some unfortunate side effects, including scarring.
As a laser hair removal alternative, many people have chosen to wax their hair from different parts of their bodies. But unfortunately for some, even though they prefer the process, waxing can cause unpleasant side effects as well.
Sugaring is an alternative for people who have had unpleasant skin reactions such as redness or bumps with waxing hair removal.
One of the oldest hair removal methods, sugaring originated in ancient Egypt and continues to be very popular in Middle Eastern countries. Although recent research reveals that females the world over practice sugaring as their chosen method of hair removal.
The hair removal method of sugaring is most often used for legs, bikini lines, and eyebrows (to be done only by a professional), but it is suitable for any part of the body, including the genital area.
Sugaring resembles the hair removal method of waxing, in that a warm mixture is slathered on the skin and then quickly removed, basically pulling hairs out by their roots.
Sugaring is supposedly a less painful hair removal method than waxing … Because the sugar paste adheres only to the hair, not the skin as with waxing. And because you roll it in your hands first, it can never scald the way a hot wax can.
A mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and water, heated to form a syrup, sugaring is hypoallergenic and an ideal hair removal method for sensitive skin.
But do test a small area first just to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
Skin irritations are further reduced from sugaring hair removal because the sugar mixture wraps around the hairs and pulls them out by the roots leaving no stubble. You get super smooth skin.
Regrowth is slow so this method of hair removal lasts a few weeks, which is comparable to how long laser treatments last and so makes it a good laser hair removal alternative.
Today there are sugaring hair removal kits that have the proper proportions of sugar, lemon and water already combined. All you need to do is warm the sugaring mixture by placing it in hot water. When it becomes spreadable, simply apply it in the direction your hair grows, cover with cotton strips, allow it to cool and then pull the strips in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
Or – You can make your own sugaring hair removal mixture.
Good for 2 – 3 sessions, this recipe includes ten rounded tablespoons sugar, one half of a lemon squeezed, (taking care not to include any pulp), and 1 tablespoon water. Mix these all together in an old saucepan and stir until it’s completely smooth.
Stir constantly over the lowest heat. At first the sugar will become transparent and air bubbles will appear. Then the mixture will turn a golden brown and smell like caramel. Allow to bubble for about 10 minutes until much smaller air bubbles appear on the surface.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool a bit. If it looks and feels like syrup, allow to cool a little longer. When the substance no longer sticks to your fingers, it’s ready.
For the best results, the hairs should be short. Pull the skin that you’re going to treat taut and spread the sugaring paste onto it in the direction the hair grows. Then pull it back in one stroke.
Once the sugaring hair removal process is complete, you’ll feel sticky from what you didn’t remove with your hands. A hot shower will take care of this because the paste is water soluble and warm water will easily melt and wash it away.
It’s also a good idea to rinse the area with cold water to calm and tone the now agitated skin.
Sugaring hair removal is efficient and easy to clean up afterward. But, regardless which type of application you choose to use, it can be quite time consuming and messy.
If hair removal by sugaring doesn’t sound like the laser hair removal alternative method for you, there are a number of other alternatives. Do some research and you’re bound to discover a much more simple way to make hair removal sweet.