A girl's guide to sugaring

JJ McConnachie

JJ McConnachie is a writer, book and movie lover, and a technology geek.

Hair removal has either been painful, or tedious for me. Waxing hurts, shaving needs to be done nearly every day, and plucking is tedious and painful! I have a friend who's spent the last six months or more raving about "sugar waxing", saying it wasn't at all painful (want a bet, said wussy me), and that it was much gentler on the skin. Being rather sceptical, I headed along to Maraetai Day Spa to try sugaring, just to prove her wrong.

Since my pain-threshold is exceptionally low, I thought I'd start with a fairly small hair removal job - my eyebrows. It's a natural alternative to waxing apparently, originating in the Middle East. New Zealand's just a bit slow catching on, Pauline, sugaring specialist and owner of Maraetai Day Spa, explained. The product itself is very simple - essentially just sugar, water and lemon juice - but the technique takes hours of training. What is special about sugaring, is that it only sticks to the hair - not the skin, making it far less painful.

First Pauline smeared some talcum powder on my eyebrows. It makes the sugar stick, and helps prevent redness. It tickled and made my eyes water, but wasn't painful so far! Pauline took the sugar in a golden ball, moulding it between her fingers. She then instructed me to close my eyes and relax, assuring me that many of her clients fall asleep while getting it done. I did as instructed, and waited for the pain. After the first placement, and removal of the sugar, I opened my eyes, asking, was that it? Apparently so, Really, it felt a little like pulling selotape of my skin. Not painful at all, and the worst bit was really my watering eyes from the talcum powder!

I was impressed with the results after one eye - there was a little redness, but that didn't take too long to go down. It was great seeing the comparison between the two eyebrows - it really revealed just how hairy my eyebrows had been! Even if sugaring had been painful, I wouldn't have wanted to walk out with one eye done, so I relaxed again for my second eye.

The result: pretty eyebrows with no pain! (Alright, I admit it, I was wrong!)

So quickly, here's a sum up on how sugaring is different from normal waxing:

  • It uses natural products.
  • It has a lower application temperature, reducing redness and irritation.
  • Washes off with water - no chemicals needed.
  • Adheres to dead skin cells and gives a skin treatment at the same time
  • Excellent for sensitive areas
  • Smells yummy.
  • It doesn't hurt!
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  • JoCee says
    I have heard about this, sound good!
    • robyn says
      Wow it gives your eyebrows a lovely shape brings out the beauty of your eyes.
    • Heather says
      Yay, found the article, this sounds amazing, I get my brows done twice a year with wax and dont really enjoy the process, will definitely try sugar waxing next and see how I go
    • Monique Marie says
      WOW your eyebrows now have beautiful shape! Its funny how you don't realise how hairy they are until you get them done, and them afterwards you feel like a new woman. After reading this I will have to go and get mine done!!

      You didn't say how much it was in the article is it much more expensive then an eyebrow waxing?
      • Chelsey says
        Hi Monique - It's around the same price - $20 for eyebrows. A full list of proces can be found here: http://www.chelsey.co.nz/competitions/win-one-of-five-home-sugaring-packs
      • neats001 says
        I'm sold all natural products - Washes off with water - no chemicals needed.
      • Dreamingofacruise says
        Love the before and after photos. Nothing better than looking tidy for that chic look
      • Christina says
        This is amazing- the photos are great and Paulines comments sold it to me
      • mahmmatesrulez says
        Absoloutely amazing!!! will be defintely looking into this!
      • Andrea says
        Would love to give it a go, I'm all for pain free!
      • New Member says
        I've never heard of this, but if is pain free count me in!
      • ClaireElizabeth says
        I would try it on my face and eyebrows too to get rid of annoying stray hairs that pop up.

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