Sugaring paste: to heat or not to heat? That is the question.
Many beginners often wonder if they need to warm the paste up before application.
Here are several pros and cons to consider:
1. Warm paste is easy to scoop out of the container.
It’s sometimes difficult to control the exact temperature of your environment and room temperature of your past. Some practitioners store their paste containers close to a heater or in a warm water bath to keep the temperature up.
2. Warm paste is easier to apply.
Warm paste is pliable and easier to work with, so your clients will feel more comfortable. Also, working with warm paste leaves less residue, resulting in a smoother and more professional epilation experience.
3. By warming the paste up, you prolong the “working window” of the material.
What does it mean? Many hair removal brands are ready for work right away and don't require preheating (including our sugaring paste). But it takes some time before the paste gets warm in the practitioner's hands or acquires warmth from the client's skin. Usually, it takes 1–2 minutes to get the ball of sugar paste in "working condition".
When the day is busy, and there are a lot of clients, all those minutes for warming the paste up accumulate into an hour of wasted time. Super professionals work like a real Sensei. When the density of paste is chosen correctly (for example by mixing pastes of different densities in a separate container), the professional can choose a little more dense paste than needed. Read more about paste density https://sugaringfactory.com/blog-of-sugaring-factory/how-to-choose-sugaring-paste-recommendations-from-the-manufacturer.
So when it's warmed up it becomes more elastic and fluid. But during work, this "extra density that was neutralized by heating it up" gives the practitioner the opportunity to work ten times longer with the same piece of sugar paste.
This method is more complicated than the standard method, but sooner or later all practitioner start using it. So start practicing and save a lot of time and money!
4. But the sugar paste gets overheated so quickly!
Sugaring paste can be a tricky and delicate material. Often when overheated only by 0.5-1 degrees the paste becomes uncomfortable to work with, and it takes some time before it cools down, which means lost time. Remember, the paste absorbs heat quickly and "releases" heat over time. We recommend using special heaters for sugaring or professional wax warmers with accurate temperature adjustment. Apart from choosing the temperature, there are many other factors to keep in mind as you develop your experience with the product.
Environmental temperatures affect your work: temperature in the room, initial paste temperature, density, practitioner's hands and client's skin temperature (for example, during winter there are many clients with cold legs) and sometimes even humidity in the room. Over time you will learn to "feel" the paste on the tips of your fingers. When you are not sure, remember, it's better to under heat it than overheat.
The whole LUXURY PRO line was created in a way that it doesn't require preheating. We recommend that beginners start with this technique while learning the ropes of sugaring. The "feel for the material" will come with time and you will understand when to use or not use heating devices. Don't rush yourself and pay close attention to your work. Your clients will thank you and will "vote with their money" choosing you as their regular practitioner!