Let us start this article off by saying that body hair is *completely* normal. Don't let society (or your S.O.) tell you otherwise! It's completely up to you whether you want to remove them or not.
That said, if you want to keep up a maintenance routine for your underarms but you can't go to your trusted waxing salons just yet due to the pandemic, sugar waxing or sugaring is an option you can look into. Below, we discuss everything you need to know about this procedure—from its benefits, pain level, and how to make your own mix:
What is sugar waxing?
Sugar waxing (also known as sugaring) is just one of the many hair removal methods you can do. The mixture used is a combination of lemon juice, water, and sugar. These ingredients are heated together until they form a gummy, taffy-like consistency. It's then applied to the skin and pulled away in one fluid motion. This step is repeated until there are no more hairs left.
How different is it from regular waxing?
Often times, sugaring and waxing are interchanged because they both involve pulling the hair straight from the root. Despite this similarity, their difference lies in the ingredients used in the paste and the direction of how it's applied and removed. For sugaring, you only need sugar, lemon juice, and water; while for waxing, you'll need beeswax, resin, oils, and other additives.
In sugaring, the warm paste is applied opposite to the direction of the hair growth. It is then pulled in the *same* direction and repeated until the skin is completely bare. For waxing, the procedure is reversed—the mixture is applied in the same direction and pulled away from the direction of the hair growth.
What prep should I do before sugaring?
Just like regular waxing, sugaring operates the same way. Before you start, trim your underarm hair so the growth is at least a quarter of an inch long. Avoid shaving days before, as they can cause your follicles to grow in different lengths, which can make it harder for the wax to get a good grip on them.
Is it sugar waxing painful?
This is usually the question on everyone's minds that puts them off from biting the bullet and doing it. Here's the thing: Any procedure that involves ripping the body hair from the root is going to hurt. But the good news is, your hair will grow back finer and softer the more you do it! There's also less chance of irritation with sugar waxing since the paste just sticks to your hair and not your skin.
If you're really worried about the pain, you may opt to pop a painkiller at least two hours before sugaring. This will also help lessen inflammation and redness afterward.
How can I make my own sugar wax?
The best part about sugar waxing is how *easy* it is to make the paste at home! The ingredients you need are accessible and quick to put together.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- Mix sugar, lemon juice, and water in a bowl.
- Transfer your mixture to a saucepan. Place it on a stove and cook it over medium heat to avoid burning the paste.
- Once it begins to bubble, use a whisk or spoon to stir the mixture. When it turns into a light golden color, immediately turn off the heat.
- Stir the paste to help it cool down. Once its warmth is comfortable to touch, knead the sugar putty between your hands until it turns into a more opaque color.
- Store it in a small tub.
Check out this helpful video to guide you in making your own paste:
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