Sugaring is a form of epilation, or the removal of the entire hair, very similar to waxing. While it is know to provide temporary relief from unwanted hair growth, when properly done, epilatory methods can reduce hair growth over time.
What is Sugaring?
Like waxing, sugaring is meant to remove the complete hair follicle. In sugaring, a sticky paste is applied to the skin over the unwanted hair. A strip of cloth is pressed firmly onto the sugary paste and then removed quickly with the goal of trapping the hair in the paste and removing it.
Permanent or Temporary?
While sugaring should be considered a temporary hair removal method, over time the epilation process can act as a hair growth retardant and inhibitor. Epilation can cause damage to the root itself. While this damage can often lead to ingrown hairs, infections and inflammation, it can also lead to damage that prevents the root from being able to sustain hair growth.
Because this growth retardation may take years to accomplish and is dependent on damage to the hair root, laser hair removal and electrolysis should be considered as more suitable permanent means of hair removal.
By increasing the effectiveness of your sugaring process, permanent results will be more likely. Effectiveness can be increased in a few ways.
Powder can be dusted along the skin before the sugaring paste is applied to help the paste stick to the hair more effectively.
Hair should be at least 1/4 inch long to be successfully removed.
Apply the paste to clean, dry, non-moisturized skin to ensure a better hold.
To help with the discomfort of the sugaring process, take a mild pain reliever prior to sugaring.