Sugar Wax vs Sugar Paste

The Pros

  1. Someone experienced can do sugaring quickly with the paste. Large amounts of hair can be taken out at once and finished faster than waxing. With most waxes, you have to apply them to a limited area- remove, go to your next area- remove and so forth. With sugaring you can speed things up by applying the paste to a very large area, and it won't dry out, even if you take it off in smaller sections.
  2. Easy cleanup. Both the paste and gel are water soluble, meaning you can clean off any residue left on the skin with plain water, unlike regular wax.
  3. Sugar right in your home. Entire sugaring hair removal kits, supplies can be bought online, or you can whip your paste at home. (Be aware of conditions or circumstances in which you shouldn't sugar, and follow all instructions).
  4. Sugar paste can be applied over missed hairs. The paste is very gentle and can be put right over an area that was just sugared but missed some hairs, without fear of much irritation.
  5. Temporary results can turn into permanent. Over time, frequent sugaring can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop growing hair.

The Cons

  1. It's hard to find a pro that does the technique using the paste. Some salons and spas use a wax that has been mixed with sugar, and advertises it as sugaring - but it isn't the same. Other places do use the gel, but few placed (compared to waxing) use the paste.
  2. Getting just the right consistency can be tricky. If you make your paste at home, you'll have it get it just right for the paste to hold on to the hair.
  3. Some hair growth is needed. 1/16 of an inch is required when using the traditional technique with the paste, which is about 2-5 days of hair growth after shaving. Using the gel requires 1/4 inch of hair growth.
  4. Lack of knowledge or cleanliness can lead to disaster. If contraindications(circumstances or conditions when you shouldn't get sugaring) are simply unknown or ignored, the skin could end up extremely red, and even become scabby. Salons or spas not adhering to safe and sanitary procedures could give a client a skin infection, or even a disease.


Ouch Factor

Okay, it's still pulling out hair from the root, but most people find it less painful than waxing. Sugaring doesn't stick to the skin as much as waxing, which means less irritation. The upper lip, chest, bikini and genital areas rank as the highest pain offenders. If you find someone experienced that uses the traditional technique using the paste, the discomfort is less because hair is removed in the natural direction of its growth (as opposed to waxing, which removes hair against hair growth).