Sugaring VS Waxing: REVIEW

‘Is sugaring better than waxing?’

This is a question you will be asked by your clients again and again. Although it is easy enough to do the service and let the results speak for themselves, it’s even better if you can explain the benefits of sugaring to your clients. Here are the main differences in our comparison of waxing vs sugaring. 


What Are Waxing And Sugaring?

Waxing and sugaring are both forms of semi-permanent hair removal that removes the hair directly from the root (epilation). Waxing applies hot wax in the direction of hair growth and removes it in the opposite direction. Wax is applied using a wooden applicator stick and removed with a cloth strip. 

In contrast, sugaring is applied by hand. A trained sugarist will apply the sugar against the direction of growth. The sugar is then quickly flicked off the skin, removing the hair in the direction of growth.


Waxing Vs. Sugaring: Why Is Sugar Sweeter?

Though waxing and sugaring are very similar forms of hair removal, there are fundamental differences between the two methods. Read on as we discuss the significant differences between waxing and sugaring and why most people will choose sugaring once they understand these differences. 

1. Ingredients


Body Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal system. SugarSMAC paste is proudly all-natural because it contains no synthetic chemicals. It has a simple list of ingredients: sugar, water and lemon. 


The wax used for hair removal contains some less than desirable chemicals: petroleum, derived from paraffin; resins, such as pine, gum or honey-resin; and preservatives. These resins function as adhesives and are not water-soluble. Consequently, they adhere not only to the loose, dead skin cells, but also to the functional skin cells. This often results in irritation and redness



When sugaring, the paste is applied to the skin in the opposite direction of hair growth, and removed with the direction of hair growth. Removing the hair in this manner results in less breakage, cleaner hair extraction, and best of all, is less painful than waxing.


Wax is applied to a person’s skin in the direction of the hair growth, and is removed in the opposite direction. This method can cause the hair shaft to break, leading to more instances of ingrown hairs as well as increased pain to the client.

3. sanitaTION + CLEANUP


The paste is also water-soluble, making for an easy clean-up. Using water-soluble paste has another important benefit: it only adheres to the loose, dead skin cells, leaving the functional skin cells intact, and resulting in less skin irritation and soft, supple skin. In fact, SugarSMAC paste is gentle enough to go over the same area several times without causing irritation. This allows for the removal of the finest hairs.

The sugar paste container itself is a sanitary environment that helps prevent bacteria from breeding.

A sugar practitioner will always put a clean glove into the sugar jar, further keeping it clean and free from contamination. 


Most wax technicians will reuse the wax applicator, double dipping it into the jar of wax. Double dipping, combined with the warm jar, creates an optimal environment for bacteria to breed. Bacteria can cause skin irritations and in extreme cases, infections.



Wax is not water soluble and the resins that compose the wax make for a difficult clean-up, often leave the skin feeling sticky.

4. Efficiency


The mold and flick technique used to apply the sugar paste and remove hair can be time consuming and tiring, especially when doing larger areas such as the legs. HOWEVER, sugaring companies have now developed a unique sugar paste that can be used like wax, with strip of cotton. This can be great for professional waxers looking to enjoy the benefits of sugar without the need to switch their application technique. 


Wax is applied using strips of cotton cloth. This allows larger areas of hair to be removed quickly. If you’re looking for speed alone, wax wins out. But with the new Strip Sugar paste developed to be applied using the waxing technique, this downfall is easily overcome by sugar as well!

5. CUSTOMER experience


Sugar paste is applied to the skin at body temperature. This eliminates the risk of burning the skin. Using water-soluble sugar paste rather than wax has another important benefit: it only adheres to the loose, dead skin cells, leaving the functional skin cells intact, and resulting in less skin irritation and soft, supple skin. In fact, SugarSMAC paste is gentle enough to go over the same area several times without causing irritation. This allows for the removal of the finest hairs.


Wax must be heated to a high temperature to liquify. As a result, there is the real risk of burning the client. The heat can also cause the skin to swell, making hair removal even more difficult and painful. 

6. EAse oF training


Wax wins out in this category as sugaring takes some skill and effort to master. However, with our detailed and comprehensive sugaring classes, and a little bit of patience, you can become a master sugarist! At SugarSMAC we offer a personal guarantee: if after the course you still need help perfecting your craft, we will continue to support and help you, no matter how long it takes!


Let’s face it, waxing is much quicker to learn than sugaring! Waxing is a simple method of hair removal making the training quite manageable. 



Sugar is an all-natural product. It dissolves immediately in water, has no harmful effects on our planet, and always allows for an easy clean-up. No strips or sticks are needed, since the sugar is applied by hand!  Gloves are still required for the protection of both the sugarist and the client. One day soon these will hopefully be biodegradable as well!


Did you know that wax is non-biodegradable? It will never fully decompose, which means that if you have ever been waxed, that product is still sitting in a landfill! The chemicals in wax are non-water-soluble, making for a difficult clean-up that often leaves the skin with a sticky residue.

Besides the wax itself, many application sticks and fabric strips are used each appointment when waxing.

The conclusion? in 5 out of 7 categories, sugar paste wins over wax. If you’re a waxer looking to join the wave of salon professionals making the switch or someone looking for the perfect side-hustle, we’ve got the courses to get you there, available in person or via zoom!