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Article: Waxing vs. Sugaring

Waxing vs. Sugaring

Waxing and sugaring are both hair removal techniques that involve lifting hair from the root. However, they’re quite different. We explain the differences between the procedures here.


Waxing works best for thicker hair. It leaves super smooth results. Waxing removes hair in the opposite direction of the growth pattern. However, it is painful and more irritating for the skin. Effects, besides perfectly smooth skin, may include itching, redness and rashes.

Waxing works when hair is at least a half-inch. It’s good for large areas like legs because it’s fast and efficient. 


Sugaring is gentler on the skin and is all-natural. It uses a paste mixed with sugar, lemon juice and glycerin. The pro of sugaring is that it hurts less and is less irritating. It’s great for finer hair. It pulls hair in the natural direction of the growth pattern. 

The sugar paste is molded onto the skin first. It can remove hair as short as 1/16th of an inch. It’s less sticky than wax. The paste is sticky enough to stick to the hair, but it doesn’t lift skin. Also, the natural ingredients lower the chances of allergic reactions. 

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One sugaring session normally lasts an hour. It begins with the sugarist applying a ball of sugar to skin, and quickly flicking it off. The session ends with applying cool cloths and oil, aloe or witch hazel to soothe the skin. 

Sugar sessions normally occur every 2 weeks to a month (so there is some hair growth). Sessions are anywhere between $10 to $60. 

Want to learn how one artist transitioned from sugaring to microblading? Read about Jessica Coleman, sugarist turned PMU artist, here

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