Monthly Archives: November 2015

Is your sugar getting stuck?

Are you having troubles sugaring? are you getting stuck and unable to flick off? There are many reasons why this may be happening, here is a list of possible problems and solutions:

Sugar Waxing

1. Sugar paste is too runny

Your sugar paste may be too runny. If you made the paste yourself it could be that you didn’t let it cook long enough, you can return it to the fire and let it boil for 1 more minute.

2. Weather is too hot

In warm and humid locations you need to use a thicker/harder sugar paste – a paste that has been cooked for longer. If you are making your own sugar wax experiment with the cooking time allowing to boil for a few more seconds or minutes. If you are buying the paste you will find that most manufacturers carry sugar paste in different consistences, choose a harder one.

3. You are using the wrong paste for that part of the body

Areas such as the brazilian or inner thighs tend to be hotter than the rest of the body and depending on your skill level you may need to change your sugar paste to a harder consistency one for that specific part of the body.

4. Sugar wax changes consistency

If you are sugaring a large area or many body parts you may find that the consistency of your sugar changes and it may become harder to work with it. In some cases it may turn too hard and difficult to spread, specially if you are doing full legs or you have abundant hair and dead skin cells. You need to throw away the used sugar paste and get a new ball of sugar.

However, sometimes it is the opposite that happens, the sugar wax becomes too sticky and difficult to flick. Again, the best solution in this case is to continue with a new ball of sugar.

How to get out of a sticky situation

First of all check your flick-off technique because the problem may be in your wrist. Make sure you relax your wrist and flick off with your hand and parallel to the skin. If your wrist is stiff or you are stressed it may be more difficult to remove the sugar.

For all the cases above, if your sugar is too runny and you are unable to flick it off, there are two solutions to remove it from your skin:

  • You can try scooping a small ball of a thicker/harder sugar wax and spread it on top of the runny sugar. Now try to lift it off normally. If this still doesn’t work you may need to use a waxing strip (you can also use a piece of fabric) to remove the sugar. Press the strip firmly over the area, lift the edges on one side and pull following the direction of hair growth.
    If you are new at sugaring and are having difficulties managing the technique, you can spread the sugar thinly and use strips to remove it. Make sure that you follow the direction of the hair: spread against hair growth and pull in the direction of growth, otherwise you will loose the sugaring advantage.
  • To remove sugar from your skin you can wash it off with warm water. Depending on the amount of sugar you have applied this can take you a while to remove and you may need to pop in the bath or shower to make it easier. Using a wax strip as above is much quicker.

 

Can you sugar while doing Laser or IPL Hair Removal?

Sugaring hair removalIPL and Laser hair removal are great hair removal methods because they cause permanent hair reduction of up to 98%. Specially if your hair is dark and you don’t suffer from hormonal imbalances, you should try laser or IPL. Prices are now so cheap that for only a few more dollars you can be rid of hair permanently.

However, because of the growth cycle of the hair you need multiple treatments, about 6 to 8, and they are spaced every 6 weeks. So, how do you deal with the hair in between treatments?

How IPL and Laser Hair Removal Work

IPL and hair removal work by applying light energy to the melanin in the hair. This light gets transformed into heat and travels through the hair to the follicle, destroying the follicle. The hair needs to be attached to the root and in the Anagen stage (growing phase) for the treatment to be effective. In the body only about 15%-30% of the hair is in the Anagen stage at any one time. Treatments are spaced every 6 weeks because that’s the most favorable time frame. When you wax, sugar, or pluck your hair you are pulling the hair out from the root and disrupting the hair cycle. It has always been the view of Laser and IPL therapists that to get the best out of your treatment you should only shave in between treatments. If you shave, the hair will continue to grow going through the normal phases of Anagen (growing phase), Catagen (transitional phase) and Telagen (resting phase), and thus it can be predicted that a large proportion of hairs that were not treated the first time because they were not in the anagen stage, will be treated in the second and subsequent times.

Sugaring Claims

Lately, some manufacturers of the sugaring paste have been claiming that if you sugar every 2-3 weeks, after a few times, all your hairs will start growing at the same time, hence it can complement your IPL or Laser treatment. By having all the hairs in the Anagen phase, when you do Laser or IPL you will effectively be treating them all and may not need as many sessions, getting better permanent results.

Finding the Truth

Unfortunately there are no studies of the effectiveness of IPL or Laser hair removal when combined with frequent sugaring and until then I would err in the side of caution. Unless you don’t mind the extra expenditure of additional IPL or Laser sessions if so happens the combination with sugaring doesn’t work, I would recommend you to shave in between treatments and wait at least 4 weeks after sugaring to start treatment.