The Difference Between Waxing and Sugaring
January 16th, 2019 by Catherine Marqueses
Sugaring Vs Waxing: Body hair removal is a hygienic and grooming practice that very popular in most of the Western world. It is done for aesthetic purposes by some, so as to show off a physique unobstructed by hair. Some do it mostly for grooming, since humans shed body hair like any domesticated animal. The hair removal industry could be worth about $1.3 billion dollars by 2022. There were over 1.1 million laser treatments for hair removal performed in the United States in 2016.
Laser hair removal can be pricey, so most people go for body waxing. Even though most people pay more money for body waxing over a lifetime. Most people pay less than $5,000 for laser hair removal over a lifetime. When it comes to body waxing, most people will spend over $23,000 over a lifetime for such procedures. There are people who are committed to getting their body or parts of their body waxed once or twice a month.
However, not all waxing techniques are made equal. Most people are familiar with liquid wax that is applied to the skin, adheres to hair, and is then ripped away with a muslin removal strip. Yet, have you ever heard of sugaring? They are two effective yet completely different techniques employed to remove hair from the body.
One technique is thousands of years old and the other one is barely a century old. Can you guess which is which? Before we get into all of that, let clearly define each technique.
Waxing is a hair removal technique that is known by many people. Even if they have never undergone the procedure. A liquid wax that is comprised of tree resin and other tree by-products is used to remove hair. You can make your own wax at home, but you are better off having a waxing procedure performed by a professional.
There are two kinds of waxing method, a hard wax and a soft wax. A hard wax is thick, viscous, liquid wax that is applied to the skin and then allowed to harden. The hardened wax is then gripped and ripped from the skin to remove hair. A liquid was is lighter and softer than a hard wax. As it dries, a cloth-like removal strip is applied to the wax.
As the soft wax hardens, it adheres to the skin underneath and removal strip above. The removal strip yanks the soft wax from the skin, removing the hair underneath. A waxing treatment lasts for about two weeks, the length of time it takes for the hair to regrow.
Sugaring is a more organic form of waxing, since the wax used in waxing is industrially produced. Sugaring is a sugar paste concoction that can be applied like body wax. Sugaring paste is comprised of sugar, water, lemon juice, and glycerin gel or paste. It is cooked until it melts and resembles a candy-like mix. After it cools, it can be used in a hard wax or soft wax form like traditional waxing.
The commercial waxing industry probably first popped in France in the 1930s. However, the practice did not become popular until the 1950s, with the advent of commercial advertising. Sugaring as a body hair removal technique has existed for thousands of years. Depending on whom you ask, it might have originated in ancient Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia, or Persia.
All waxes are a chemical hybrid of tree resin, gum, and industrially produced chemicals. Sugaring paste only requires a few natural ingredients. Waxing can sometimes be harsher on the skin than sugaring. Most waxes are applied hot and then allowed to cool. Sugaring paste is always room temperature when applied.
Wax must be removed with muslin removal strips or a wooden spatula. Sugar paste can be removed with hands most of the time. You need to apply special lotion or oils to remove wax residue after a waxing treatment. All you need is soap and water to remove sugaring residue. Hair must grow at least 1/4th of an inch to be wax removed. For sugaring removal, hair can be 1/16th of an inch long.
Differences Are Relative:
The most notable difference between waxing and sugaring is that sugaring is easier to handle for people with extremely sensitive. Either way, they are both effective techniques for hair removal.