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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  • Wice says
    For those who would like to try this at home and would like a recipe, there are a number of the web. I like this one because it gives you options of using the finished product:

    "Sugaring hair removal is very similar to waxing as it removes hair from the root when done properly. But along with being all natural it usually isn't as painful because it doesn't stick as much to the skin.

    You don't have to decide now. But when you're finished with the recipe you'll be able to use your product two different ways- as a paste or gel to remove facial or body hair.

    The paste is the trickier of the two but removes hair as short as 1/16 of an inch and you use your hands or fingers to remove it. The gel is easier than the paste, but hair has to be about 1/4 of an inch and you'll also need strips."

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