Basic rules for warming the paste
To get perfect results from sugaring, you need to warm up the paste correctly. The paste must become soft and plastic to grab all the hairs. But if it is overheated, it will become liquid and will stick to your hands instead. The result of sugaring with such a paste will be disappointing. The best paste temperature is 91-102F (33-39C) degrees. To try it, apply a small amount on the back of your palm, the paste should be warm, but not hot. The manual technique requires a soft and elastic consistency (hands and feet areas), for bandage it should be more fluid (bikini and armpits areas).
How to warm the paste?
Soft and medium-density paste can be used as it is, without heating. It is simply kneaded, the heat from the hands is enough to give the paste the right temperature. But a hard paste needs to be warmed up.
There are three ways to do this:
- standard wax warmer;
- water bath;
- small heater for decorative candles.
How to warm up the paste with the help of wax warmer?
Wax warmers are the most convenient devices. They heat the paste evenly, and it is possible to adjust the temperature.
Wax warmers can be:
- cassette ones- for heating the paste in cartridges, suitable for home use, when a small amount of paste is needed;
- large wax warmer - for paste in containers, when it is required to heat up a large amount of paste. They are more suitable for professional salons;
- combined - for pastes in cassettes and containers. They are more expensive, so usually salons use them.
Before using any device read the instructions.
How to heat the paste in a water bath?
To do this, you need a pan with a wide bottom. Fill it 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) with water. Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat to a minimum. Put the container with paste in a pan, heat to the desired temperature. Do not forget to make sure that the lid is tightly closed and that water or steam does not get inside!
You can buy a wax melter for candles. They usually have flat heating plate and are used for melting candle wax. They are very cheap and they can be used for heating a container with the sugaring paste. But be careful, often such devices don’t have a temperature regulator so it’s easy to overheat the paste! Use these devices very carefully.
How not to heat the paste?
NEVER heat the paste in a microwave oven or an oven. Microwave ovens do not warm the paste evenly, and the oven will melt the container. Also microwave ovens destroy the very structure of sugaring macromolecules and the paste becomes impossible to work with, it loses all its working properties!
Also, when heated numerous times, the paste becomes stiff as the liquid part of it evaporates. Remember your skill, speed of work and professionalism depend on how well you prepare the paste for work.