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Remove unwanted hair! Try Sugaring Now!

Updated on June 12, 2014
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Xeng is a researcher at the University of the Philippines where she is working on a dissertation for her Masters in Communication.

The sugar paste for a sweeter hair removal process!
The sugar paste for a sweeter hair removal process! | Source

Getting acquainted with "sugaring"

I have never been a very hairy person and most of my hair mishaps often involved head hair and nowhere else. My friends say I have been blessed with naturally fine and silky head hair and the hair on my various other body parts are what some would consider "barely-there". However, going through puberty, I have experienced growing hair on parts other than my head and these weren't as fine as the head hair. And of course, because of the society's set standards of beauty, I have been "pressured" to cut them just so I could feel beautiful. I started plucking my underarms in high school and continued to do so until one day, I grew a cyst on my left armpit. I had it removed and my surgeon advised me never to pluck again. That was when I resorted to shaving. Compared to plucking, shaving was much more convenient. However, it had the tendency to make the skin darker than usual so I started looking for alternatives. Also, the hair after shaving tends to be darker and thicker as well compared to the fine hair when plucked.

It has only been a few months when I discovered the wonders of sugaring. It is an ancient Egyptian way of hair removal which uses all organic ingredients thus avoiding infection and irritation of the skin. In fact, it is so natural, you can eat it or use it as a spread for your bread! I was introduced to sugaring at an org event at the university where I work. There were booths for all kinds of stuff and there were freebies for the attendees in the form of services or small tokens. One booth was not that crowded. It was called Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon. I had no idea back then what they did until this lady attendant approached me and convinced me to try their free upper lip sugaring. I was a bit insecure back then about my upper lip hair because that day, my boyfriend was making fun of them (though my friends assured me that they really weren't all that visible--my boyfriend always gets a closer look, of course) and was teasing me that I might be a guy for all he knew. And so I readily jumped in and gave her my go signal. She had me sit on a chair and then proceeded to do her thing. As the attendant was "sugaring" my upper lip, the owner of the shop was chatting away, telling me about the perks of sugaring which I will relay to you in a bit. A few minutes later, she was done. I checked the mirror and I saw with my own two eyes that my upper lip was totally hair free! Wow! I didn't even wince. And the best part was that it was free! LOL.

Below, you can check out the major differences between sugaring and waxing. And in case you're wondering what this post is doing in a majorly foodie blog, well, I'll let the table do the talking.

My friend and I waiting to get sugared. :)
My friend and I waiting to get sugared. :) | Source

Major Differences between SUGARING and WAXING

100% natural! Sugar paste is made from sugar, water, and lemon extract
Contain resin which irritates the skin
Hair is removed in the natural direction of growth
Can only be removed in the opposite direction of natural hair growth
Helps avoid ingrown hairs
Often creates ingrown problems
Less breakage
15-30% breakage
Can remove really short hairs
Hair must be longer
Pain is minimal
Very painful, especially for first timers
Will not cause skin burns as it uses paste
May cause severe burns because wax has to be hot to be used
Exfoliates the skin leaving it softer because it only clings to the dead skin cells
Resin in the wax clings even to the live skin cells (which is also why it's so painful)
Water soluble; will never ruin clothes
Difficult to clean up; solvent might be needed for cleaning
Skin feels soft and fresh after sugaring
Skin feels uncomfortable for a period of time
Hair grows back to be finer and finer, leading to permanency
This is me after getting my eyebrows, upper lip, and underarms done at the sugaring salon. FRESH!
This is me after getting my eyebrows, upper lip, and underarms done at the sugaring salon. FRESH! | Source

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Say hello to a hair-free you!

I never used to care for my eyebrows because it just plain hurts too much. There is no pain-free way to keep your eyebrows always looking neat and tidy and I thought it was way too much hassle. But because of sugaring, I learned to love shaping my brows. It's not as painful as the others. In fact, I sometimes almost find myself falling asleep in the middle of a session! And even going to the salon doesn't hurt the budget. I get my eyebrows shaped for less than $5 (USD). Now, I keep my eyebrows nicely shaped, I get my upper lip hairs removed, and my underarms are smooth and hair free.

Currently, Barenaked is the only sugaring salon I know of in the Philippines. They have three branches: SM Taytay, SM Fairview, and at Xanland Place in Katipunan. For those living far from the metro, there are shops that sell sugar paste for home-use if you're feeling a little adventurous. Assistance might be required for first timers because application might be a hassle for some parts.

I googled sugaring salons in other countries and it's a bit expensive so you might want to just try making the paste or buying it online and then ask a trusted friend to do it for you. The paste recipe can be found on a youtube link below. :)

Ever tried sugaring or know of a better alternative? Hit me up by the comments section. Hear from you soon!



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