The two most effective technologies for sugaring

Types of sugaring techniques

Sugaring is a removal of unwanted hair with the help of the sugar paste. The paste  is applied on the skin and is torn off together with the hair. The paste envelops each hair, penetrates into the pores and therefore the hair is removed together with its root.

There are two main techniques of sugaring: using hands (manual) and using textile strips (bandage technique). Any of both requires strict compliance with the hygiene rules. The procedure is to be done only with sterile instruments and in gloves. It is also important to prepare the skin properly for the procedure: clean it with a scrub, apply the lotion, dust it with a talc powder.

Specifics of sugaring techniques

Manual technique

Epilation is done by hands. The manual technique is also called a "classical sugaring" or "sugaring with a  ball". It is suitable for arm and leg areas.

How is it done?

For the manual method, the following paste density is chosen: in the summer choose a higher density (harder paste), in winter – a medium one. There should be a minimal contact of it with the practitioner’s hands, so the paste does not melt.

Sequencing of actions

  1. First, the paste needs to be warmed to 35–40 ०C (95–104 F).

  2. Scoop a piece of paste and roll it into a ball of 1.5–4 cm (0.6–1.6 inches) in diameter, depending on the epilated area. If the paste is not warmed up, it should be kneaded. When it becomes more transparent, it means that it is ready to work.

Choice of the sugaring technique depends on the epilation area and skill level of the specialist

  1. The paste is applied on the prepared skin using three fingers firmly pressed together (2,3,4), they play the role of a spatula. The hand is placed perpendicular to the skin. The palm is bent, as if holding an apple. A thin layer of the paste is applied against the growth of hair. The width of the paste strip should be equal to the width of three fingers, at the end of the path a "roller/cushion" is left for making it easier to grip the paste.

  2. After a minute, holding and pulling the skin above the applied paste, the paste is torn off in the direction of hair growth and parallel to the surface of the skin. The movement should be sudden and sharp.

Bandage technique

This method is also called a "liquid sugaring". The paste softer than in a manual technique is used. Also strips of fabric or paper are required. It’s suitable for large (back, chest) areas and for hard-to-reach areas (armpits, bikini zone).

Sequencing of actions

  1. Heat the paste to 37–45 ०C (98–113 F) degrees.

  2. Using a spatula or a roller (if you have a cassette) apply an even thin layer of the paste on a prepared skin against the hair growth.

  3. Apply a bandage (textile strip) on the paste. It should overlap the paste by 1 cm (0.4 inches).

  4. Smooth the bandage slightly shifting it against the hair growth.

  5. Tear the paste off in 30 seconds parallel to the skin along the hair growth holding and pulling the skin above the applied paste.

It is believed that the manual technique requires experience and skill, while the bandage one is suitable for beginners. After removing hair, the residue of the paste is removed using lotion.

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