1. Style
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Sugar Wax Vs Sugar Paste


Hot wax treatment
Image Source/Digital Vision/Getty Images
There's a lot of confusion on sugar wax, because it's a term that could mean one of two things. Either it's a sugaring gel that's made up of natural ingredients like sugar, water and lemon juice, or it's actually a wax resin product that also contains sugar. With the mixed wax and sugar, companies employ sly marketing tricks to make you think you have tried "sugaring", when you really have not.

A real sugaring product whether a paste or gel will be water soluble, meaning you can clean off the residue from your skin with just plain water. Water won't cut it for a wax product, but will need something stronger for the left over stickiness to be removed.

Sugar wax (using a gel) does have some things in common with regular waxing in they way the product is applied and removed, and both require 1/4" of hair growth. The big differences are that sugaring gel is natural, and is known to be less painful on the skin than waxing.

Sugaring Gel Product Reviews:

Sugar Wax and Sugar Paste: Not the Same

Sugaring paste isn't as readily available, but used at salons and spas. The paste is much thicker and uses the hands rather than a stick when applied to the skin. Hair growth also only needs to be 1/16" for the paste to remove hair.

Jenn Webdale of ALTERIS, in Scottsdale Arizona (now Jenn owns The Sugar Spa) uses the real sugaring paste method and explains for us further the differences. "The technique for sugaring involves molding a ball of sugar paste against the direction of hair growth and removing the hair in the direction of growth." (make your own sugar paste).

Jenn continues, "Sugar waxing, like Nads, is performed just like waxing using a stick to apply the gel in the direction of growth and a strip to remove the hair against the direction of growth. Sugar waxing provides the same results and has the same drawbacks of increased ingrown hairs, irritation and hair breakage as resin waxing and is not as effective as sugaring."

  1. About.com
  2. Style
  3. Hair Removal
  4. Sugaring
  5. Sugar Wax vs Sugar Paste - Hair Removal

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.