How to Sugar Wax at Home Like a Pro
Horror stories from your besties about their waxing experiences may turn you off to the idea of any sort of wax appointment. But, hear me out, waxing is not as scary as it seems! With a little practice, you can skip the salon and learn how to sugar wax at home.
- Learning how to sugar wax takes patience, time, and practice
- You can make your own sugar paste or purchase it
- Prep and post-care are crucial
Booking an appointment with an accredited professional or taking the time to learn how to wax at home makes the process a breeze. If you are looking to get into waxing, sugar waxing might be just what you are looking for.
Learning how to sugar wax at home is not as difficult as it sounds! In fact, it is quite a simple process. With a bit of practice and proper technique, you can learn how to sugar wax at home like a pro so you feel luxurious in the comfort of your own home.
What is Sugar Waxing?
Sugar waxing (also known as sugaring interchangeably) is a Persian hair removal technique dating back to 1900 B.C. Supposedly, Cleopatra even used this technique.
Sugar waxing consists of an all-natural paste created with three ingredients: water, sugar, and lemon. Due to the all-natural ingredients, sugar waxing is a great hypoallergenic option for those with sensitive skin or allergies.
The paste is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth. Then, it is flicked in the direction of hair growth to remove the paste and hair. No strips are required!
The application and hair removal direction is the main distinguishing factor between traditional waxing as it is the opposite. Furthermore, sugar waxing has anecdotal evidence suggesting it is less painful than traditional waxing because it only adheres to hair follicles, not the skin.
Sugar Waxing Body Map
Since the all-natural paste is perfect for sensitive, delicate skin, it can practically be applied to any part of the body. Some of the most popular sugar waxing locations include…
You can also sugar wax…
And more! Professionals advise avoiding sugar waxing any part of the body that is handling an actively angry skin mood. Examples include sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, or folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) flare-ups. Waiting to sugar wax until skin moods calm down is best to avoid exacerbating the flare-up.
How to Make Your Own Sugar Paste
- White sugar
- Lemon Juice (you can substitute for apple cider vinegar)
- Warm water
- Add 1 cup of white sugar, ⅛ cup lemon juice, and ⅛ cup of warm water to a medium-sized pot.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat on the stove. Stir frequently.
- Once the mixture begins to bubble, lower to medium heat. Continue stirring.
- When the mixture turns golden brown, remove the pot from heat or the stovetop.
Pro tip: you are looking to achieve a hot syrup consistency. If it is thick like honey, it needs additional heating time.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Let cool for 30 minutes.
- The paste is ready for use after it has cooled. The paste should still be slightly warm and easy to manipulate. The paste should not be so hot that it will burn you!
If making your own sugar paste does not sound appealing, there are plenty of options to buy online. Sugar Me Smooth, Blue Milk and Honey, and Sugaring all have great product lines that suit any area of sugar waxing.
Sugar Waxing Prep
Prepping for sugar waxing is crucial to ensure you get the best results and avoid ingrown hairs or folliculitis.
- Prior to sugar waxing, gently exfoliate the area(s) you would like to sugar wax. Exfoliate at least 48 hours before.
- Ensure the area(s) you would like to sugar wax are clean and free of any fragrances, soaps, and deodorants.
- Grow hair to be at least ¼ of an inch long.
- Taking ibuprofen before is never a bad idea! It helps with any pain or inflammation one may experience during or after.
Sugar Waxing Technique
- With clean hands, scoop a lime-sized or golfball-sized portion of the paste into your hands.
- Keep the paste on your fingertips and work it into a ball. Avoid letting the paste enter the palm of your hand.
- Apply the paste in the opposite direction of hair growth to the desired area. Repeat this step 3-4 times.
- To remove the paste, flick the hand in the direction of hair growth.
- Shower to remove excess paste.
Post Sugar Wax Care
Sugar wax results should last 3-6 weeks. It is very dependent on each person and their hair growth time.
In the first 24 hours of sugar waxing…
- Avoid sweating and hot water such as a jacuzzi, hot tub, sauna, or hot bath
- Wear loose, breathable clothing
- Do not exfoliate
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact (yes, this includes sex!)
After the first 24 hours, post-sugar wax care looks a little different.
- Exfoliate every day to prevent ingrown hairs and folliculitis
- Hydrate the skin by applying vitamin E or aloe to prevent infection and reduce inflammation
Sugar waxing is a great alternative to traditional waxing, especially for those with sensitive skin! Learning how to sugar wax at home takes patience, time, and practice. It may be a learning curve at first and that is okay. We are not born professionals! If at first, you do not succeed, try again.
Remember to take all safety precautions during prep, practice, and post-care. This includes properly cleaning wax area(s), exfoliation, hydration, proper paste temperature, and clean hands or gloves. We love taking care of ourselves at home and want to make sure we do it safely too!
Written by Lauren Conklin