ANCIENT MIDDLE-EASTERN PRACTICE OF HAIR REMOVAL: what is sugaring?

9 Dec
Sugaring hair removal, an ancient middle-eastern practice that uses all natural paste or gel made from food-derived ingredients like sugar,water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. The resultscan last up to six weeks. While there are many recipes, only naturalingredients are used in real recipe. It’s also been called sugar waxing,although not a correct term, becauseit’s done very similar to waxing.
There are two types of sugaring, the paste and gel.  Both are performeddifferently.
  • The paste. Considered the traditional technique, a warmedthick mixture is applied first in the opposite direction of hair growth andthen in the direction of hair growth using the hands. It’s then flicked off inthe in the direction of hair growth.
  • The gel. Performed similarly to waxing, the gel is appliedin the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction.
Someone experienced can do sugaring quickly with the paste.Large amounts of hair can be taken out at at once and won’t dry out even if the hair is taken in smaller sections. Sugar paste can be applied over missed hairs without too much trauma to the skin and pain is minimal. The paste is very gentle, an easy clean up, and both the paste and gel are water soluble, meaning you can clean off any residue left on the skin with plain water.

Temporary results can turn into permanent over time just like waxing,frequent sugaring can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and the hair will stop growing permanently.

To prepare for a body sugaring, skin is cleansed of anylotions or oils and sometimes powder is lightly applied. The paste is first puton against the direction of hair growth, in this case the leg. The paste isonly warm, about room temperature, so you feel don’t feel any strong heat.

The sugaring paste is then smoothed in the oppositedirection of the hair growth, to make sure the paste has firmly surrounded thehair follicles. Mastering the technique for applying the paste is a huge factorin ridding all of the hair.

Sugar hair removal is different than waxing. The sugar pasteis peeled off quickly, in the same direction as the hair growth. With waxinghair removal, the hair is removed in the opposite direction the hair grows.Working in the direction of hair growth makes the discomfort much less thanwaxing, and results in less breaking of the hair.
Thanks to Naomi Torres for information and Jenn Webdale of ALETRIS (now owner of TheSugar Spa) for these photos using Alexandria sugaring products.

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