How to do sugaring by yourself: tips and tricks
Of course, there is nothing more pleasant than professional treatment in the salon. But if you have already decided to do sugaring by yourself, then you need to know some tips and tricks.
Preparation for the procedure
Are you medically fit for sugaring? This is one of the first questions that sugaring specialists should ask their clients. There are a number of restrictions that you should be aware of. If everything is fine health-wise, then the next important question is about hair length.
The hair length for the first (not professional) epilation should be no less than 5-7 mm. How long is the waiting period? It varies from person to person, but usually you can't shave your hair during:
- 8–10 days for armpit zones,
- 14 days on legs/arms, and other parts of the body.
Later, you might be able to epilate hair 5 mm and below, but to do so, you need to master the technique and have a certain level of skill.
Take a warm, relaxing shower before epilation. After showering, don't moisturize your skin – it should stay completely clean. Tonics or creams may cause an allergy or irritation, and affect the quality of the procedure.
What is not allowed?
- Tanning, body wraps, or tonics on the day of the procedure.
- Don't wear synthetic or tight clothes on that day.
- For your first time, you should avoid trying sugaring if you are having your period. During periods, women experience hyper sensitivity, irritation, and other "joys" that can affect sugaring.
Regardless of the severity, epilation is still traumatizing to the skin. Any trauma has the risk of irritating and inflaming your skin. If you are doing sugaring by yourself, we recommend to follow these rules in order to avoid this:
- Prepare the workplace. Perform sugaring in a clean room. Wash all surfaces of the skin that will be affected, cover it with a clean wipe or cloth, or spray it with antiseptic.
- For each procedure, use a disposable wooden tool (if you are going to use it for a grip), or boil a metal one.
- If you are going to epilate without gloves, wash your hands with soap and spray it with antiseptic.
- If you are using gloves, choose ones that are disposable and sterile. The best choice is sterile, nitrile gloves, in a very small size.
First of all, examine the condition of your skin. If it's too moisturized, or the room is damp and warm, use some talcum powder on the epilation area. Take a small piece of paste (size of a walnut), and mash it well in your hands. Then proceed to the sugaring, using the chosen technique.
- Paste needs to be applied against hair growth, and pulled off along the growth direction.
- When you are taking off the paste, hold your skin with your free hand on the same side from where you will begin your pull.
- Paste should only be taken off parallel to the skin (not to the side, or up).
- Try to begin and finish each pull on the hairless area.
- Don't be afraid or nervous. Stress often increases unpleasant sensations.
- It is not recommended to visit the sauna, pool, to swim in open water, or to take a bath (showers are allowed). No scrubbing or hard rubbing of the skin. Avoid going to the spa, gym, tanning salon, massage parlor, or getting a body wrap for two days.
- Right after sugaring and taking a shower, use an antiseptic. Afterwards, use a post-treatment product. If you notice irritation, you can apply cream with panthenol, but not by rubbing it on the skin. No other cosmetic products are allowed!
- If you have epilated armpit areas, do not use deodorant for several days, and follow the hygienic rules for treating your armpits.
- After five to seven days, and then twice a week, it is recommended to use scrub on the epilated areas as a prevention for ingrown hair. With a correctly performed sugaring technique, ingrown hair is very rare.
It would be perfect if you not only watched the videos and read the articles, but also visited a sugaring specialist at least once. Many of our tips would then become more clear. One more way to learn is to take a sugaring class.
Sugaring is definitely one of the best and most reliable methods of epilation. It is very important to learn how to choose the right density of paste and how to master the technique. Additional information about techniques, potential mistakes, and tips for working with paste can be found in our articles, in the section titled BLOG.