Whether we’re styling it, growing it, caring for it or removing it, humans seem quite obsessed with hair. So much so that we’ve come up with a number of weird and innovative ways to do so.
One of these ways is a method called “sugaring” which allows people to remove unwanted hair by applying a solid mixture of lemon juice, sugar, and water to the skin in the form of a gel and then peeling it off together with the hair (kind of like waxing).
Because the ingredients are things found in the kitchen, people often opt for making this mixture and removing the hair at home.
According to The Huffington Post, this practice has been around for centuries and has origins in Northern Africa, Greece and the Middle East. It is said to be fairly gentle and lasts longer than waxing. This is because, unlike wax, the mixture does not stick to skin but only to the hair and works better in pulling it out of the roots.
The great thing about this procedure is:
- Large amounts of hair can be taken out at once
- You can apply the paste to a very large area and take it off in smaller sections
- All you need is water to clean off the residue
- You can do it at home
- Unlike wax, you can reapply the mixture over missed hairs without fear of much damage or irritation to the skin
- Repeated usage can cause the hair in the area to stop growing (as this may damage the follicle, leaving the area permanently hairless)
The not so great thing about sugaring is:
- It may be hard to find a lot of places that offer this procedure and use the right technique
- If you make your own mixture at home, you might struggle to get the right consistency that will hold on to the hair just right
- You HAVE to take the right precautions to avoid extremely red/ scabby damaged skin, infections or diseases
Before sugaring, please ensure that:
- your hair is long enough for the gel to stick to (at least a quarter of an inch long)
- the area you plan to sugar is well exfoliated and not oily
- You have tested a small patch to make sure that you are ready for the pain
- For 48 hours: avoid hot water, exfoliation, gym activity and the sauna
- After 48 hours has passed: exfoliate to prevent in-grown hairs
- Moisturise the are thoroughly and regularly
- It is important to note that there is no guarantee that this process will remove every single hair
Where to get it done:
Nature’s Beauty has branches Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape and they charge as little as R30 per eyebrow to as much as R800 for full body sugaring hair removal
There are also various service providers available on Gumtree who either sell the paste for you to use at home or have premises that you can visit to get it done
Hair Ex Pil is a Bloemfontein based company that also sells the paste
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