Sugaring: What it is & How to do it

Sugaring is a process of hair removal that a lot of middle eastern women do. It makes use of all natural ingredients: sugar, water, and lemon juice. You can make your own or buy a paste. I bought my sugaring paste from Amazon ($16) because I feel like I would definitely mess that up!


I got the medium consistency paste because you don’t have to buy wax strips to use that paste. The hard sugaring paste is for thick hair (like for a brazilian wax) and the soft paste is for use with wax strips.

Making Your Own Paste

You basically combine the ingredients together (sugar, water, lemon juice) in a sauce pan. When it starts to bubble, reduce the heat and then wait for the mixture to turn into a golden amber color.Then remove it from the heat and let it cool.

If you want to try making your own, here’s a recipe.

waxing-strips-and-sticksWhy Sugar?

I wanted to try sugaring because I’m a big punk and I saw on google that sugaring is less painful than waxing. The only experience I’ve had with waxing is the GiGi wax strips from Sally’s – but I’m sure that’s not the same as actual warm wax on your skin.

You can technically use this paste without strips, but it takes experience for you to be able to do that so I suggest buying strips and sticks.

Heres’s what you do:


This picture is not mine – I took it from Amazon
  1. Clean the area you are about to wax. The hair has to be at least 0.3 inches long.
  2. Use nitrile gloves
  3. Take a stick and dip it into the paste.
  4. Put the paste on against the direction of hair growth
  5. Press the strip down in the direction of hair growth
  6. Hold the skin taught and then rip off the strip in the same direction of hair growth.
  7. Voila – you’re done

Traces of paste can be removed with soap and water

Before trying this…

Do your research and make sure that it is safe and okay for you to use this. Contraindications include: idiosyncrasy, diabetes, skin damage, pus, inflammatory skin diseases, grazes or open wounds, and cancer.

Does this actually work?

Yes it does. It completely removed the hair. My skin was a little red afterwards but there was no reaction. A sticky residue is left behind, but the stickyness is easily washed away by soap and water.

I was actually really surprised that this works so well. It honestly feels the same as using wax strips but without the pain.

Have you guys done this or do you wax? Let me know in the comments


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  • Reply stashy December 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I’m a huge fan of sugaring! MUCH better than waxy since it’s water soluable, the mess is so much easier to clean up. Also, I find that it doesn’t tug on the skin as much. My good friend used to do sugaring without the strips but that takes a LOT of skill!

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles December 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Yes, omg love it! Ugh I tried it without the strips and it was really hard! Thank you for reading <3

  • Reply beautyonabudget94 December 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    When I was younger I totally remember my mum making her own wax on the stove. I really like how only pure, natural ingredients are used in the wax. I’m not a big waxer, I tend to use an epilator, but I am interested in giving this a go πŸ™‚

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles December 19, 2017 at 12:46 am

      I have never used an epilator but that sounds really interesting! It’s cool that your mom made her own wax! Did she use the same ingredients?

  • Reply Britney December 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve never heard of sugaring. I only did waxing once, and that was my eyebrows back in 2007 when I had them done for prom. It hurt SO BAD! I said never again. lol Glad to hear this doesn’t hurt like waxing does.

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles December 19, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Omg!! Yeah everyone says waxing hurts so bad! I thread my eyebrows cause it’s more precise

  • Reply Superman December 19, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Woah i have to try this 😑 but idk where lol awesome post! Xoxo

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles December 19, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Ill do it for $100

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