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Waxing VS Sugaring : What's the difference ?
Waxing and sugaring are often grouped together because both techniques lift hair from the root of the hair follicle and have a longer effect on the skin than shaving. But truth be told, they're two very different techniques. With waxing, sometimes a strip is used to remove your hair in the opposite direction of your follicle's growth pattern. The opposite happens with sugaring, where the hair is pulled in the natural direction of your follicle's growth pattern. Wax also tends to be hotter than sugaring, which is normally room temperature.
The level of pain depends on the pain threshold of the individual—no hair removal is left unnoticed or not felt unless you're unconscious. Some tolerate either technique well, and others can't even look at sugaring without breaking out. Results really depend on each individual and their specific skin type. In terms of technique, sugaring paste is molded onto the skin using a gloved hand then removed, while wax can be used with a strip or alone.
Sugaring is also able to remove shorter hair—it only has to be 1/16th of an inch—than waxing can, as to get waxed your hair has to be at least a half-inch.
Sugaring is all-natural, which is great for folks who may have allergies to certain ingredients or just want only natural ingredients on their body. Sugaring is also a lot less sticky than traditional wax, so usually the redness and irritation that a lot of people see with wax will not be seen with sugaring. You're also able to wash the sugar off with water, whereas may waxes have to be washed off with a special cleanser or natural oil.
+ Great for sensitive skin
+ Less irritation & client's suggest it is painful than waxing
+ Best for finer hair
+ Quick & efficient
+ Best for thicker hair
Before you wax/sugar..
It is important that you perform a thorough inspection of the area that you plan to wax/sugar. Check for signs of broken skin or inflammation. If you find a wound or open skin, it’s best to reschedule your waxing/sugaring appointment until the skin is completely healed. Take note of any moles, beauty marks, or skin tags that you have so that we can take extra measures to protect them during your appointment.
Allow your hairs to grow, but not too long. The hair must be long enough for the wax/sugar to grip and remove effectively. The wax/sugar will not be able to grip the hairs if they are too short. However, if the hairs are too long the wax/sugar will have a difficult time adhering to the hairs and it will make for a much more painful process. We recommend waiting 2 weeks after shaving before your appointment.
Don't forget to exfoliate before your wax/sugar. Ideally, you can use a gentle exfoliant on the area you'll be waxing/sugaring 1-2 days before you come in. Do not use rough exfoliators before waxing/sugar as it can break the skin or cause irritation.
Moisturize your skin a few days prior to and the day of your waxing/sugaring appointment. Hydrated skin allows for the wax/sugar to release more easily and with less pain. Do not overly moisturize the skin because a thick coat of moisturizer can harm the wax/sugar's grip into the skin/hair.
When waxing/sugaring the bikini area, make sure that your skin in this area is cleaned thoroughly. Waxing/sugaring is a hair removal method that leaves the skin more prone to infection. Areas of the body that are naturally warm and moist are more vulnerable to bacterial growth and infection.
If you use any skincare products that contain retinol, it is advised for you to temporarily stop using them for at least two weeks before your scheduled waxing/sugaring appointment. Retinol-based products make the skin vulnerable to injury and skin lifting, especially during waxing/sugaring sessions.
Waxing/sugaring leaves the skin sensitive 24-48 hours after the treatment During this time, it is super important for you to implement a few aftercare tips that will ensure comfort and maintain your amazing waxing/sugaring results.
Avoid excessive heat. This means no hot baths, showers, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, etc. for 24-48 hours.
No tanning of any kind, this includes spray tanning, self-tanner, tanning beds, and laying in the sun for 24-48 hours.
No sports, excessive sweating, or working out of 24-48 hours.
No sex or friction on the area for at least 24-48 hours.
No touching the area for the next couple days.
Avoid using comedogenic products on your intimate skin.
Avoid products with fragrances, harsh chemicals, and deodorants for 24-48 hours.
DO NOT SHAVE IN BETWEEN SESSIONS
Aftercare products such as AHA exfoliants, serums, ingrown hair treatments, hair inhibitors, etc play an important role in post-waxing care. These products can have multiple benefits such as evening skin tone, treat, prevent, and reduce instances of ingrown hairs, soothe the skin, nourish the skin and more. We have professional at-home care products available for retail.
Wear loose clothing that are made from light, breathable fabrics. Do not wear clothing that have elastics, which may irritate your skin. If you just came in for waxing/sugaring in the bikini area, wear breathable underwear to reduce friction and sweat from developing.
Exfoliate and moisturize at the right time. Exfoliate the skin 3-4 days after waxing/sugaring. Never exfoliate immediately after waxing/sugaring as your skin is still a bit sensitive and has not fully recovered from the waxing/sugaring process. Moisturizing should be done 1-2 days after waxing/sugaring. Avoid using products that are comedogenic, which are ingredients that may clog the pores and can cause infection.
We also recommend using antiseptic creams or hydrocortisone ointment to reduce the chances of inflammation, itching, and redness of the waxed/sugared area.
Book your maintenance appointment every 3-4 wks.