If you have been intimidated by waxing in the past, you might give sugaring a try. While traditional wax and sugar wax share some similarities, sugaring is a different process that may work better for you.

Have questions? We have answers! Read on for some questions we frequently receive at our hair removal salon in Chelsea.

Is sugar wax just sugar?

Sugar wax is not just made of sugar, but it’s close. It is essentially a paste made of sugar, honey, water, and lemon juice.

Do you heat the sugar like traditional wax?

You do heat sugar, but it is not as hot as traditional wax. If you were to heat sugar this high, you would burn it. You need to keep it cooler so that the sugar stays firm.

How do you prepare to get sugar waxed?

In order to sugar wax, your hair should be at least ¼ inch long. Avoid applying any cream to the area, and don’t go to the tanning booth before your appointment. Also avoid exfoliating the day before you get sugared.

What makes sugar different than regular wax?

Wax works by grabbing onto the hair and (ideally) pulling it out by its root. Sugar is able to get to the follicle a little better than wax because unlike wax, sugar is water soluble. Sugar also naturally exfoliates the skin while moisturizing it, so your skin tends to feel a bit better after sugaring than waxing. Waxing can be drying to the skin. Sugar is also hypoallergenic, so people with sensitive skin often opt for sugaring over waxing.

Is sugaring more or less painful than waxing?

For the most part, sugaring is generally less painful than waxing. However, it does depend on your hair type. People with dense, coarse hair often find that traditional waxing is more comfortable. In contrast, people with fine hair have an easier time with sugaring, because waxing fine hair often results in broken hairs. You can speak with one of our wax technicians to determine what the best course of action is for you.

Who shouldn’t try sugaring?

Of course, if you have any allergies to the ingredients in the sugar wax, you should skip the treatment. Even if you do have coarse hair, if you want to try sugaring, you are welcome to. It’s mostly just a matter of what you feel comfortable with. If you have a lot of hair you want to remove, keep in mind that this is more of a process with sugaring than with traditional waxing. The product will only remove about half the hair during the first go-round, then the technician will move onto another section and return back to remove the rest of the hair once the skin has calmed down. If you don’t feel comfortable going through this process, there is nothing wrong with opting for regular waxing instead.

If you’re curious about this hair removal method, we would love to help you! Contact Unique Threading Salon for sugaring in Chelsea.