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The Difference Between Waxing and Sugaring

By Jennie Waeland, November 17 2020

There are so many ways to approach body hair; you can embrace it in its natural form, keep it groomed or remove it altogether. It is important not to let anybody pressure you or tell you how to go about it. With different opinions, products and societal pressures in magazines and online, it can feel like a daunting subject to talk about, however the only thing you need to remember is that it is your body and therefore your choice. The main thing that matters is that you choose what makes you feel confident and your best self.

Deciding which hair removal method is best for you can feel overwhelming, with the numerous options. Fear not, we are here to support you with the information you need to help you decide. Let’s talk about and compare the differences between the following two methods: sugaring and waxing. 

Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal techniques, whilst sugaring has slipped slightly under the radar up until recent years and tends to be lesser known. Whilst both techniques are effective, we hope that this article will help you to decide which is the best removal choice for you. There is no better feeling than going into your appointment knowing exactly what you want. 

What is it?

Waxing: Waxing is the application of hot or strip wax to the skin. The hair will grip onto the wax and will consequently be pulled off in a swift motion. 

There are also different types of wax treatment, the most common being Hollywood or Brazilian. A Hollywood wax is the complete removal of all hair in the bikini area. Alternatively, a Brazilian wax is the removal of all hair on the bikini line apart from a small strip at the front. 

Sugaring: The mixture consists of water, sugar and lemon juice, all items that will be readily available in most households. The mixture is left to harden and then tends to be pulled off in the direction of hair growth, much like waxing. 

Do I need to prepare beforehand?

Waxing: Like all hair removal methods, you should make sure to exfoliate a day or two before the appointment and moisturise your skin to keep it in top condition and to decrease any residue on your skin. This helps the product focus on the hair follicles and roots rather than the layer of skin. Also, you must let your hair grow out to roughly half an inch so that it can easily grip to the wax strip. Before the appointment, make sure that your skin is cleansed but fully dry. 

Furthermore, beforehand, make sure that you don’t have any rashes or irritation on your skin, as this may be further aggravated by the wax. 

Sugaring: As aforementioned, ensure that you have exfoliated your skin and have grown your hair out to half an inch at least. 

Where can I apply it?

Waxing: Waxing can be carried out on any part of the body, including the upper lip, armpits and bikini line. Just make sure to check that you don’t have very sensitive skin in those areas. 

Sugaring: Due to the natural ingredients, sugaring is typically pain free and applicable to all areas of the body. As it is the least painful method, it is recommended to anyone removing their hair for the first time, especially younger individuals. 

How long does it last?

Waxing:  Waxing is one of the most lasting methods (alongside epilation and laser removal) and can last up to three weeks. This is due to the fact that the hair is removed from the root rather than being cut above the skin level. This is ideal for a holiday or trip, if you don’t want to have to keep shaving.

Sugaring: Fortunately, the sugaring method can last up to two weeks. 

Can it be done at home?

Waxing: Yes, waxing can be carried out both at home with shop-bought products or by a beauty therapist. We recommend booking a wax with one of our Salonettes, as you don’t have to worry about discomfort during travel and you also don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home! Our waxing treatments range in price from £15 to £75, depending on the type of wax and the area of the body. Full body or Brazilian waxing tend to be the most expensive, whilst smaller areas such as the armpits or face will be a cheaper and quicker service. 

Sugaring: Sugaring is one of the easiest hair removal methods to do at home. At LeSalon, we do not offer any services at the moment for sugaring. 

To summarise, there are pros and cons for both sugaring and waxing. If you are new to hair removal, we recommend sugaring as it uses natural ingredients and is a lot more gentle. If you are used to waxing, we recommend continuing with waxing and your skin is used to it and over time, your hair may become thinner and less. Waxing also lasts longer than sugaring, however it can be slightly more painful and may cause redness for a few minutes after.

We hope that this article has helped you to understand the methods better, happy hair removal! If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile. 

Jennie Waeland

Jennie Waeland

Jennie is LeSalon’s Social and Content Executive, covering everything from beauty, lifestyle and, of course, manicures. She graduated from the University of Roehampton with a degree in film and has since used her skills to produce various content and illustrational pieces.


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