‘Is sugaring painful?’ This is a question every sugaring technician gets regularly. Although the simple answer to this question is, ‘Yes it does,’ it’s not quite that simple! All hair removal methods that remove your hair from the root will hurt, but when you change the question to, ‘Is sugaring as painful as wax?’ the answer changes! Typically, people say that sugaring is less painful than waxing, and this is due to a variety of reasons.
The first of these reasons is that sugaring removes hair in the direction of growth, instead of against it. Removing hair in the direction of growth leads to less pressure on the hair shaft, less breakage, and an overall less painful experience. The second reason sugaring is less painful than wax is that sugar doesn’t stick to the top layer of functional skin cells. Wax, on the other hand, often does. Every time you wax an area there is a chance of removing a very thin layer of the skin. This removal leads to more redness and tenderness, as well as increased pain. This is why you may feel less tender after a sugaring appointment compared to wax. The general rule is that although sugaring does cause some discomfort, it gets less painful each time, and is usually less painful than waxing.
Keep On a Regular Schedule
Although sugaring is less painful than waxing, your first appointment is still going to be uncomfortable if you have been shaving. During your first appointment, your hair is at its thickest. Each time your sugar or wax, you are pulling the hair out at the root. Pulling the hair at the root damages the follicle and over time, your hair will grow back thinner and weaker. It will also be easier to remove and therefore, less painful each time. Keeping to a schedule, by going in for your sugaring appointment every month, will make your appointments a little bit less painful then they were the first time.
Ensure the Hair Isn’t Too Long
Before you go in for your sugaring appointment, make sure your hair isn’t too long. The optimal length is between ⅛ and ¼ an inch, or the length of a grain of rice. If your hair is longer than this, consider trimming before your appointment, as this will make it less painful for you.
Avoid Sugaring Around or On Your Period
Your sugarist won’t care if you come in during your period, but you might! Sugaring is more painful when you are on or around your period, due to fluctuating hormones. If you are very sensitive, maybe go easy on yourself and schedule your appointments around your time of the month!
Take an Over the Counter Pain Reliever
If you want to avoid the pain associated with epilation, you can take an over the counter pain reliever at least thirty minutes prior to the appointment. This will take the edge off and help you get through the appointment!
If you have tried all the above and are still finding that your sugaring appointments are more painful then you would like, you can get a numbing cream to use before your appointment. You can usually purchase these from any drugstore. They need to be applied at least 30 minutes before your appointment and highly decrease the pain that is associated with sugaring.
Although sugaring may be painful at the start, keep in mind that each time you get sugared, it will hurt less and less. Eventually, you may even find that your sugaring appointments are a breeze! Keep at it! We promise that it will be worth it in the end!