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Sugar Paste or Sugar Wax
Which is Right for you?


Perhaps one of the most common questions asked on my Etsy Shop “Which method do I recommend?”

My Reply?

How thick is your hair and what is your ultimate goal? 

Both methods are far more gentle than waxing and have many benefits to your skin compared to common hair removal methods used in today’s world. Take a look at the following chart for further distinctions between the two sugaring methods:

Paste vs Wax Techniques Technique Paste Wax
Room temperature
Just melted
Very thickly with thick perimeters
Applied thinly over large area
With fingers or applicator provided
With a wooden spatula, butter knife or applicator provided
​Direction of Application:
Against natural growth direction
Against natural growth direction
Direction of Removal:
With the natural growth direction
With the natural growth direction
Method of Removal:
With the fingers of one or both hands or Applicator provided
With thick woven cloth (I provide denim strips) or muslin paper strips in a pinch

The answer lies in your goals, hair thickness, nature and history. NOT just the technique or method you’d like to learn and start your sugaring journey on. Really. It’s true.
Perhaps you’ve shaved your entire life after puberty and your hairs are quite thick and dark?
Or..You shaved as a teen but then started waxing in your twenties and your hairs are already thinner by years of waxing. Perhaps your ancestors passed down in your DNA thin hair?
Perhaps you are a teenager and you’ve never shaved before or just started shaving?

Is your ultimate goal permanent hair removal?

Or do you simply desire a less painful, all natural hair removal method?

There are 2 Methods of Sugaring.

Sugaring Paste (Firm – Medium)

  • is used at room temperature and requires only your fingers or an applicator.
  • leads to permanent hair removal IF used routinely during the Anagen stage of growth.

Sugaring Wax (Soft)

  • is used slightly warmed (never HOT) with an applicator and reusable denim strips.
  • ​will not lead to permanent hair removal because you use it at a longer length of hair (later stage of growth).

Regardless of method, when the sugar is applied to the skin, it seeps into the hair follicles. This “lubricates” the hair, which allows the hairs to “glide” out more comfortably and gently. This is the biggest contributor to the “less pain than waxing” factor. This method also minimizes any redness, irritation, hair breakage and ingrown hairs. All this while simultaneously exfoliating dead skin cells! Sugaring is safe for all skin types (sensitive, itchy, psoriasis, eczema) and is safe on varicose veins and spider veins. It is ideal for anyone who has a problem with waxing or shaving and seeking an all natural alternative.

Further distinctions:

Sugaring Paste:
Cooked to a consistency much like a thick taffy. Organic Raw Sugar, Lemons, a smidgen of water. Can be used on all hair types, from downy fine to thick.  If you are a beginner, start off with sugaring paste. Hairs will begin to grow back thinner and sparser and over time, diminish. (Read the "Science of Sugaring Hair Removal". Refer to Anagen Stage of Hair Growth - 1/8" growth.)
Sugaring Wax:
Cooked to a consistency similar to thick honey. Organic Cane Sugar, Lemons, a smidgen of water. Great when your hairs are already thin from previous waxing or natural. You can still use sugaring paste as well. Used with reusable denim strips. Hair must be 1/4 inch in length, therefore, will not lead to permanency (Read the "Science of Sugaring Hair Removal". Refer to Anagen Stage of Hair Growth - 1/8" growth.) 
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Still unsure? Have questions? I’m just a question away

Give me some details like:
What type of hair do you have (straight/curly)? Does your hair grow thick or thin?
Have you shaved your whole life?
Have you been going to a salon to get waxing done on a regular basis?
Have you ever been sugared at a salon?
Try to be as specific as possible – I can help better with as much information as possible.

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