November 3, 2018
Cleopatra and the ancient art of sugaring

Sugaring is an ancient Egyptian hair removal technique that has been practiced since Cleopatra. Sugaring allows you to remove hair with a biodegradable paste of sugar, lemon and water by applying your paste against hair growth and removing it with the direction of growth by flicking your wrist. By working with the natural direction of growth, you can achieve optimal results with silky smooth skin, long-term hair reduction and less pain, irritation, and fewer ingrown hairs than you would experience with other methods like waxing.

Sugaring Benefits

Sugar paste is eco-friendly, gentle and is not tested on animals, and never needs to be warmer than just above room temperature. It sticks to hair, not skin, making it safe for people with diabetes, varicose veins, psoriasis, eczema, moles and other delicate conditions that are unsafe to wax. Sugar is also antimicrobial and therefore has a long shelf life. But the most important benefit of sugaring is that you can remove hair in the anagen stage (less than 1/4″ in length) when the follicle is connected to the dermal papilla, which weakens the follicle wall, slows regrowth and leads to more permanent results. Depending on your personal rate of regrowth, results usually last for about 1 to 1.5 weeks, but they can potentially last up to 2 weeks +. Sugaring also exfoliates your skin, leaving it not only hairless but silky smooth.

How it Works

The paste is formed into a ball, and is then applied to the skin against hair growth forming a mold, and after 2 or more passes against growth, the practitioner lowers her wrist and flicks the sugar off in the direction of growth in a motion parallel to the body. This hand technique is challenging and often takes  considerable practice to master, and this is why so many diy girls give up – it’s easy to get stuck. If I hadn’t taken a course run by a professional sugarist, it would’ve been very tough. But the beauty of sugaring is that once you master it, it is the best, most natural method of hair removal and it’s also a lot of fun. And if you want to diy, try an experienced sugarist.

Sugar DIY

If you are interested in diy sugaring, there are retail sugar pastes available, the most common are Persian Cold Wax and Wax a Way, and I found both at my local grocery store, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. Don’t be mislead by the word ‘wax’ on these products, both are definitely sugar paste. You can also make your own sugar paste at home using sugar, water and lemon. Just be aware that making your own sugar paste can be challenging. If you want to DIY, I suggest buying ready made paste first until you get the technique down and then learning to make your own paste, that way you can build your confidence and pretty soon, you’ll be doing your own diy Brazilians. To learn sugaring technique, you can take a course run by a professional, or if you don’t have the time/money, checkout YouTube for video tutorials. I will be posting a link to a sugaring how to video in the near future.


As amazing as it is, there are some downsides when it comes to sugaring. It can be a challenge to find sugarists as there are fewer of them than waxers as sugaring is more difficult to learn. Sugaring sessions also take longer than waxing, so factor that in when making appointments. Sugar paste is also sensitive to temperature and humidity, which makes sense when you realize it’s all about trying to remove hair with a biodegradable paste of sugar, lemon and water. Heat and humidity will make your paste softer and harder to control. However, this can be addressed by using a firmer paste in hot, humid weather/climates. Sugaring is also more expensive than waxing up front, but devotees find that the higher initial cost is offset by the longer-lasting, superior results. In the end, most people who try sugaring find that the benefits make the cost more than worth it.

So if your goal is to achieve silky smooth skin and significant long-term hair reduction in a healthy, natural way that doesn’t hurt you or the environment, sugaring is definitely for you.

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