Waxing, sugaring, all remove hair at the root. How are they differnt.
Waxing and sugaring all work by sticking to the hair and having it pulled out by the root. Obviously ripping your hair out is painful, but not always as much as you might think. The more you have the procedure done, the less it hurts. The hair follicle becomes weakened the more times hair is pulled out and it becomes less and less painful. You must keep up your treatments however. If you let your hair grow back in for a long period of time the hair follicle will heal itself and the removal process will be painful again. Most cosmeticians recommend getting your treatment done every eight weeks or less.
Wax is spread in a thin layer on the part of the body which requires hair removal. A paper or cloth strip is then applied over top. After it hardens ( a few seconds) the paper is ripped off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This rips the hair out of the follicle by the root. You usually have anywhere between two to eight weeks before you will see regrowth.
One of the benefits how quickly you can remove a lot of hair at once. Repeated treatments will sometimes result in regrowth to be lighter and softer.
You can use this method on most area's of the body except the ears, nose, eyelashes, eyelids, palms of hands and soles of feet. The skin there is very delicate and can be torn off. The rest of you face is fine as well, such as your legs, arms, bikini area, back, abdomen and feet. If you treat regularly you may achieve some permanent hair reduction.
I first tried this method by myself at home. I bought a kit from my local drugstore and thought "how hard can this be?" I do not recommend this. I had never seen the procedure done nor had anyone to tell me how the whole process worked. First I put the melted goo on way to thick and ended up with a large cake of it stuck to my leg. When I finally got the consistency and thickness right, I had removed some hair but my legs bled and were raw from the repeated trauma. Then there was the mess. Everything in the bathroom was sticky. It took half a bottle of baby oil to clean it up.
Even still, I kept it up for years and got better at it. I have since been for a professional wax and now see why they are professionals. No mess, and my legs ended up a lot smoother. I have no idea what they do different than me at this point but it must be a closely guarded secret. I highly recommend you start with a professional if this is your first time waxing. I'm told that it is less painful than doing it yourself the first time. It's more expensive but worth every penny.
If you suffer from diabetes, varicose veins or poor circulation waxing is probably not for you. The risk of infection is too high.
Users of Retin-A, Renova, Differin or Isotretinoin are advised not to have waxing performed; these medications tend to weaken the skin and tearing of the skin may occur when it's removed.
Waxing should not be done on areas of skin affected by warts, pimples, moles or rashes or on skin that is irritated, chapped or suffering from sunburn. Never apply wax to peeling, broken skin or varicose veins.
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I feel that I graduated up this method after my first experience with my drugstore kit. The process is the same but a sugar is water soluble so clean up is much easier. You can just rinse all of it away with warm water. I have also never had the skin trauma with sugar paste as I did with wax.
People have commented that it hurts less than waxing as the the paste only sticks to the hair and not your skin. I personally think they both hurt equally. You can make your own sugaring paste at home. Here is a recipe for you to try.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup of honey
- A drizzle of molasses
- spatula (tongue depressor, Popsicle stick)
- cotton fabric
Mix lemon, sugar, and honey in a bowl. Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes, until it bubbles into a smooth consistency. If you use the stove use LOW heat. Let the mixture cool until you can touch it safely. It does need to be warm enough to spread. Microwave it for 10 seconds if you need to. Never do more than 10 seconds, if it isn't enough you can always do another 10. If it's too hot you're waiting until it cools down.
The area you care about to apply the paste to should clean and dry. Dust area with cornstarch. This draws out the oil and give you better adherence to the hair. Spread a thin layer in the same direction of the hair growth. Cover with a strip of fabric, and rub the strip the opposite way of hair growth for a few seconds.
Grab the fabric end and pull it off very quickly against the direction of the hair growth. The hair will be removed by the root. Feel free to scream if you like. I do. The more you do it the less it hurts but in the meantime, I find screaming to be a great pain reliever.
This recipe lasts a long time to make sure you have something microwavable with a lid that you can store it in. Just make sure that it is oil free. If you are reusing something that had an oil based product in it, a rinse with vinegar should remove the oil.
If you decide to purchase a paste instead of using the recipe, my favorite is MOOM. You can usually find this in a health food store. I have also found it at a few drugstores and in the health food section at Sears.