Sugaring Hair Removal – How To Get The Best Results
Sugaring hair removal is very popular because it is:
easily done at home
kinder to the skin
results last some weeks in many cases
Some prefer sugaring hair removal over waxing as it is kinder to the skin whereas waxing preparations often contain harsher chemicals. Sugar paste is easily cleaned up with water whereas wax can be more messy as it has a petroleum base.
If sugaring hair removal is your choice for getting rid of unwanted body hair, take note of these tips and suggestions for optimum results: To remove the hair by the root it must be at least 1/4 inch or 6 mm long. Longer hair should be trimmed to this length.
Hair must be clean and dry before starting hair removal sugaring. Remove all creams and oils, towel dry and then apply talcum powder to ensure the skin is completely dry.
Apply the sugaring paste in the direction of the hair growth.
When pressing the cotton strip on top of the paste, leave a small section at the end free so it will be easy to hold when pulling back. If using a spatula to apply the paste use the edge not the flat side. This will help ensure a very thin layer is applied.
Pull the strip back sharply against the direction of the hair growth. Do not lift the strip up or out away from the skin.
Hold the skin firmly with one hand while you pull the strip back sharply with the other hand.
Treat small areas at a time when hair removal sugaring on sensitive parts of the body.
When heating the paste, either by microwave or oven, be absolutely sure the paste is just warm to the touch not hot. Otherwise burns to the skin may result.
If using hot water to warm the paste container, be sure not to allow water into the paste. Sugar paste is water soluble and will be spoiled if the container is not sealed properly and water gets in.
Sugaring hair removal is quite safe as the ingredients in the paste are natural. They can also contain ingredients with healing properties such as citric acid and gum Arabic.
With a little practice sugaring hair removal can be a very effective and economical method for getting rid of unwanted hair on any part of the body.
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Ingrown hairs are known as Psuedofolliculitis Barbae (PFB), razor bumps, razor burn, hair bumps, shaving bumps, ingrowns.
Psuedofolliculitis Barbae refers to hair which has been cut or broken off below the skin level which then begins to grow through surrounding tissue rather than out of the follicle. In other cases, it curls round and starts growing back into the skin causing irritation and inflammation.
If you shave the pubic area, you remove the tapered end, and as the it grows back without that tapered end, the sharpness will literally cut the skin surrounding the hair follicle.
Use these simple precautions to minimize the discomfort from ingrown pubic hairs:
For ingrown pubic hairs along the bikini line, hold a hot compress against ingrown spots for ten minutes three times a day to soften the skin and help the hairs work their way out. Wear loose-fitting underwear and clothing until the bumps are gone to avoid friction.
Some find it helpful to exfoliate the area before waxing. This removes some of the dead skin cells in the top layer of skin cells that often contribute to trapping the hairs. Exfoliating options include creams, lotions, or body gels, a slightly abrasive washcloth or glove specifically designed for exfoliation. Check at the beauty counter at your local department store.
Do not exfoliate the skin if you already have ingrown pubic hairs as further skin irritation may result. When waxing, be sure to pull the hair out by the roots. Do not allow the hair to break below the skin surface. Use a specially formulated treatment (see below). It prevents pubic ingrown hair and eliminates existing ingrown hair within days.