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Sugaring: A Sweet Hair Removal Process

Removing unwanted hair is a daunting task for many. With quick regrowth, expensive treatments, and sensitive skin, it may seem like there’s no great solution. But sugaring is a method of hair removal that’s recently increased in popularity due to its natural ingredients and gentle formula.

HICI Go is an innovative learning platform for professionals looking to further their education by participating in cosmetology classes, massage courses, skincare courses, and more. Although our courses are designed for professionals, non-professionals are also invited to participate. We offer live webinars and online courses for students throughout the U.S. and in-person courses at partner schools throughout Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Courses are taught by licensed professionals. Here, we discuss what sugaring is, the benefits it can provide, and how you can learn sugaring and other skin care techniques.

What Is Sugaring?

Although it has recently gained popularity, this method of hair removal has been around for ages. Sugaring is an ancient technique for removing unwanted hair, first used by Cleopatra. It uses a mix of water, sugar, and lemon to create a sticky paste. The mixture is heated to the body’s natural temperature and then cooled before applying to the skin. The sticky mixture forms around the hairs and pulls them out when it is removed.

Before rubbing the sugaring paste onto the skin, estheticians typically clean the area to remove any oils or lotions. The paste is then applied and removed using a short, small, and quick flicking and pulling technique. Sugaring can be used on all body parts where unwanted hair typically grows, including:

  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Face
  • Bikini line

Though waxing and sugaring both pull hairs from the root, the biggest difference between the two is in which direction you are pulling the hair out. For example, wax is applied in the same direction as the hair growth and pulled in the opposite direction. However, sugaring does the opposite. Instead, you’ll apply the paste against the direction of hair growth and pull it out in the same direction as hair growth. Sugaring may not remove all hair in one go, such as the case with waxing. In this case, your esthetician may apply and remove the paste several times in one sitting.

The Benefits of Sugaring for Hair Removal

Sugaring can provide many benefits to your skin and overall hair growth, such as:

Spend Less Time and Money on Hair Removal

Techniques such as shaving, waxing, or laser hair removal can not only damage skin cells but also use a lot of time, money, and energy. Waxing results can last for as little as two weeks and shaving may only last a couple of days. And not to mention, laser hair removal is costly. Although each person is unique in their hair growth, most individuals find that sugaring treatment produces results for approximately three weeks. This makes sugaring a more cost-efficient, time-saving way to remove unwanted hair.

Save Your Skin Cells

Waxing and shaving can irritate the skin, especially those with sensitive skin. Waxing damages skin cells because the warm wax adheres to both your hair and skin. In addition, shaving can increase the likelihood of producing ingrown hairs. But sugaring hair removal can protect the skin from harm. Because the sugaring paste is cooled before application, it does not stick and pull at the skin. Instead, it only adheres to the hair.

Sugaring also uses natural ingredients that are healthy for the skin, further reducing irritation. This can be especially beneficial for removing hair in sensitive areas, like the underarms or bikini line, and for clients with sensitive skin. It can also potentially be less painful than waxing.

Manageable Hair Regrowth

The more sugaring treatments you have done, the easier it will be to maintain and remove unwanted hair. This is because hair can grow back thinner and softer. Also, the more sugaring treatments you receive, the longer your results will last.

Naturally Exfoliate Your Skin

Because the sugaring paste uses natural ingredients, this is a great way to exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells. It can also work to keep skin smooth and hydrated, making it a good accompaniment to other skincare techniques. Additionally, sugaring can result in less ingrown hair growth because of the direction that the hair is pulled.

Learn the Right Sugaring Techniques

Designed for those continuing education or beginners in the world of cosmetology, HICI Go is here to teach the latest techniques and trends in skincare and hair removal. We offer a variety of in-person courses, live webinars, and video courses on demand for beauty and massage services, including skin care courses. To learn more about our sugaring courses, contact us today.