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Regular Wax Vs. Sugar Wax: Basics and Trait Comparison

December 8, 2020

At His & Hers Waxing, we’re proud to offer all the latest men’s and women’s waxing services, from body waxing to Brazilians, facial waxing and even tanning solutions. We keep up on every new modern technique or product that enters the waxing world, and one set of products that’s becoming more popular among many in this realm is sugar wax.

Sugar wax, or “sugaring” in some circles, is similar to traditional waxing in some ways – but also different in some other important areas. This two-part blog series will begin by going over the basics of sugar wax, then spend time comparing it to traditional forms of wax and discussing how you can prepare for sugar wax services plus maintain their results once they’ve been performed.

Sugar Wax Basics

Sugar wax is a very simple mix of ingredients that’s exploding in popularity for its uses on certain skin areas. Sugar wax is made using just white sugar, lemon juice and water, which are combined to form a gel-like substance. From here, the substance will be heated like a normal wax and applied to the skin using a spatula.

Sugar wax gained popularity for its uses in the bikini wax area, but it is not limited to this area. It’s also commonly performed on the legs for many people, but can also be utilized for the lips, upper arms, underarms or most other locations where a regular wax can be done.

Comparisons to Standard Wax

Here are some general comparisons between traditional wax and sugar wax:

  • Ingredients: While sugar wax is made from white sugar, lemon juice and water, traditional wax generally counts beeswax, resin, oils and possibly certain other additives as its ingredients.
  • Application: Traditional wax is applied in the same direction as hair growth, but then removed in the opposite direction; sugar wax is the opposite, applied against hair growth but removed in the same direction.
  • Pain, side effects and results: These areas are all pretty similar. Both forms come with limited pain and may have some limited bumps or irritation. Sugar wax offers a slightly lower likelihood of ingrown hairs. Both tend to last for several weeks if applied correctly.
  • Cost: In most cases, sugar wax today tends to be a bit more expensive than traditional waxing. A facial with sugar wax will usually run around $15, while a standard waxing facial is usually $10 or so – this same theme applies for other areas.
  • Skin type: Both forms are usable for various skin types, but sugar wax tends to be optimal for sensitive skin types while traditional wax is a bit more versatile.

For more on the similarities and differences between traditional skin wax and sugar wax formats, or to learn about any of our body waxing solutions, speak to the staff at His & Hers Waxing today.