Sugar Waxing Vs Sugaring: They Are Not the Same!

Every sugarist has had a client who tells them that they have been sugared before but who gets confused when the sugarist picks up a ball of sugaring paste. Why? It is because there is still a lot of confusion between sugar waxing and sugaring. So, we would like to set the record straight, they are not the same!

What is Sugar Waxing?

Sugar waxing utilizes the waxing technique with a sugar paste or gel instead of a wax. The sugar waxing technician will use sticks and stripes and will remove the stripe opposite to the direction of growth. Sometimes this is also known as ‘strip sugaring’. However, keep in mind that whether they call it sugar waxing or strip sugaring, it is still done using the basic waxing technique. No matter what they call it, this technique will not give you all the benefits of sugaring.

One benefit sugar waxing does have over regular waxing is the use of all-natural ingredients. Strip sugar is usually made with lemon juice, sugar, and water. Those that are looking for natural ingredients will enjoy this aspect of sugar waxing. Additionally, sugar wax is biodegradable and is therefore more environmentally friendly than traditional wax, although some contend this benefit is partially counteracted by wasteful use of sticks and strips.

What is Sugaring?

Sugaring uses an entirely different technique then waxing and sugar waxing. The sugarist will collect a ball of sugar and then mold it onto the skin. Once the sugarist has molded the sugar, they will flick it off in a smooth motion, in the direction of hair growth. This technique results in more thorough hair removal, because there is less breakage, and more hair is removed directly from the root. It is this technique that distinguishes sugaring from sugar waxing. 

Also, when sugaring, the sugaring paste is used only slightly above room temperature. Sugar wax, on the other hand, needs to be heated similarly to regular wax, increasing the likelihood of being burned.

The other benefit of sugaring over sugar waxing is the lack of waste. Sugar waxing still requires sticks and stripes, since a new stick is used every time the waxing technician dips it into the waxing pot. When there are many appointments in a day, this can lead to a lot of waste!

Sugar Waxing Vs. Sugaring: Which One Should You Choose?

While sugar waxing is a better option than regular waxing, nothing can compare to the sugaring technique. Sugaring can more quickly lead to reduced hair growth, and because of the direction of removal, most people will find they suffer from fewer ingrowns when sugaring. There is also less waste and no chance of being burned.

If you have the option, we recommend sugaring every time! However, if you can’t find a sugarist in your area, sugar waxing is a better alternative than waxing, although you won’t enjoy all of the benefits of sugaring!

Estheticians, do you want to see what sugaring can do? Email us at We would love to help you show your clients the amazing benefits of sugaring!

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