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The Sweeter Side of Hair Removal—Sugaring

by Be Heard on October 26, 2011

in Style & Beauty

At Curvy Girl Guide, we’ve dished about hair removal in the past, and we are always excited to publish your responses.  This one’s for your vaginas, ladies!

Every time my mother would take me to any of those clothing stores that had the giant communal changing rooms, there are only two things I remembered: a) it’s traumatizing to see bunches of naked women contorting their way into clothing when you are little, and 2) every one of those women had the amazon rain forest going on between their legs. It was the 80s and that was probably in style, I don’t know. To this day my mother gives me a blank stare when I mention having gone for some kind of hair removal. The look on her face is equal parts shock, mortified and “I’m pretty sure I failed as a mother.”

I was about 22 when I started getting waxed. Starting with bikini waxes and eventually graduating to full Brazilian waxes, I went through a variety of waxing salons—from super cheap to super expensive, it all seemed about the same to me. Each time hurt just as much as the last, ingrown hairs were growing more and more unattractive on my baby vagina, and holy crap were my lady parts sore and burning for a week after the event. After a few years it got to the point where the pain and irritation waxing left behind outweighed the benefit of being completely hairless for a few weeks, so I stopped. About three years ago, I got the itch to try professional hair removal again. Because I was tired of cutting my vaj while shaving, sick of razor bumps and generally over having to weed whack myself, I was on a mission y’all.

In doing some research about where to start going again, I came across an alternative to waxing called sugaring. I tried it, I loved it and I have been doing it ever since.

What is sugar?

Sugar is a room temperature, gooey substance made of sugar, lemon and water. Most salons or sugaring specialists have their own proprietary balance of those ingredients, but they are always the same three ingredients.

How is sugar applied?

So far, the only two salons I have been to for sugaring have done it the same way. They procure a palm-sized glob of sugar goodness with a gloved hand, spread it on your skin in sections much like wax would be applied, and pull/flick it off of your skin (sans a cloth or paper strip) in the direction your hair grows.

Is sugaring really better than waxing?

In my book, there are a few benefits to sugaring.  First of all, since the sugar is room temperature there is no more “oh my god why are you trying to burn my skin off?!” moments. Second, the sugar blend is only sticky enough to catch your hair but not your skin. Waxing can actually remove part of your skin (enter irritated skin for days afterward) and makes it sketchy, if not impossible, to go over one spot more than once, but not so with sugar. Third, the sugar actually works to exfoliate your skin as the hair is removed, leaving your skin in better condition after the event. Fourth, no chemicals!

Does it hurt like waxing does?

I won’t sit here and tell you it is a glorious feeling to have all the hair removed from your hoohoo. That having been said, I go every 4-5 weeks to have it done and, for me, it is significantly less painful than regular waxing was. I have also noticed that I have less hair overall and it is coming in finer, which in and of itself makes the removal experience less terrible.

Are there any other benefits?

My gal is as smooth as butter. I don’t have the ingrown problems I did with waxing. I also don’t experience any burning sensations after sugaring, nor do I have any soreness. Plus, no wax on your clothes or anywhere else!  Sugar comes off any surface easily with warm water.

As with anything, my experience will not be exactly the same as yours. However, if you’re a waxer who has dealt with any of the discomforts I mentioned above, or a gal who just wants her vagina to be less jungle laden, I urge you to give sugaring a try. I wish I had CGG and an article like this years and years ago since it would have saved me a lot of misery in hair removal.  Best of luck with your vag ladies!

heather guest Curvy Girl Guide Contributor, Heather, is 29 years old, married without children, California gal with southern roots, a gimpy thyroid, and a furious love for glitter and unicorns. She’s a full-time working woman and a part-time college student trying to get her bachelors degree. Heather loves to get out of the house and try new and interesting things in the greater Los Angeles area. She loves to read, play totally geeky games, travel, shop, drink wine for sanity, pretend she knows how to cook, and generally have lots of fun. You can find Heather behaving in mostly inappropriate ways on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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heather... October 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

wow, I have never heard of this! How do you find salons that offer sugar hair removal? My skin is sooo sensitive, this sounds like a good solution.

Allison Zapata October 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

So cool. I get terrible ingrowns!! Thanks for the tips!

Amber October 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I have never heard of this! I’m going to have to look in my area for a salon that does this. I’m kind of afraid of traditional waxing. I actually have a reaction to it half of the time, but this seems more natural.

Nikki October 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I’ve been doing sugaring for about 7 years now. I love it and won’t ever go back to waxing or shaving. My lady is awesome and I found her through a friend.

Heather October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

@heather… I found my first sugaring salon through a search on > Los Angeles, which directed me to Studio Alexandria in Brentwood. I have since started using Sugar Me in Santa Monica.

@Alison Zapata I hear ya, ingrowns are terrible! Sugaring really helps with that.

@Amber I have had serious reactions to different kinds of wax as well, and the fact that wax was either burning my sensitive skin or flat out removing it. I have had no such reaction to sugaring. I hope it works out well for you.

@Nikki *high five*

mo October 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I have never been “waxed”, and I don’t plan on doing it…ever. I am very fair with sensitive skin, and hardly need to shave my legs. And, I never wear a bathing suit. I just would never do anything that hurts so bad.


Brittany October 27, 2011 at 7:13 am

Huh, so I have never tried this, and didn’t know it lasted longer than shaving or that you could do it to your legs, but dude, I’m sold!

Emily October 27, 2011 at 7:27 am

I don’t know, I mean, it sounds sweet (pun intended), but I’m not sure I’ll jump on this train quite yet.

Is it around the same price as waxing?
Do you smell like a gumdrop after?

Heather October 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

@mo Yeah, if you aren’t sporting a lot of hair to begin with, then I don’t really see the point either. I wish I was in the same boat with you, but since I’m not, this is a good alternative to waxing for me!

@Brittany You can totally sugar any part of your body that you want, much like waxing. I personally have never done anything but a Brazilian, but I’m sure it would be nice to have other parts of the body done as well.

@Emily The waxing studios I had been going to before are about the same price as the sugaring studio I go to now. I live in southern California, so pricing may be somewhat different in other parts of the country. You can use Yelp or any other community review website that you trust to search for sugaring near you.

Kristin October 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Good news for hair removal – but I have another question, since we’re on the subject, if you will indulge me… Is there not a better name for the whole area down there besides vagina – since that name is already taken by the birth canal, right? There is, after all, so much more to it all than just the canal; I just don’t get why so many people refer to the whole genitalia by that one term? I know, sounds petty, but just wondering… Thanks!

Heather October 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

@Kristin I guess we could all start talking about sugaring our vulvas if we really wanted? Only issue there is that I just wind up thinking of that time Seinfeld couldn’t remember a girl’s name but it totally rhymed with some part of female genitalia so of course that meant her name must be Mulva. I don’t know, correct terminology has never been my strong suit since my mom taught me a pet name for girl bits. I strongly recommend against doing that with your child lest you wind up with someone like me who thinks they’re making progress just calling the whole area a vagina…

Kristin Davis October 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

you are hysterical!!! thanks for giving me a good laugh and a good idea!

Sugar Me Los Angeles October 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Hi Heather!

Great write up about Sugaring! I am so lucky to have you as a client – see you soon!

Sugar Me – Los Angeles

Jeanne October 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I’ve waxed my legs a few times; and I shave my pubes (Brazilian style). The pain that I endured with the leg waxing made me decide that my sensitive genital region should not be waxed. Or sugared. Or anything else that involves the ripping out of hair. It would be nice to not have to shave as often… And the lack of irritation and itching would be great. But, no thank you.

Reminds me of that email joke that went around a while back… A woman tried waxing her own pubes using one of those kits. Too funny…

MaDonna December 10, 2011 at 5:37 am

I’ve been very interested in sugaring, as I absolutely refuse to be waxed ever again! Very bad experience..~shudder~. Unfortunately I live in a very small, very conservative town in the country. There aren’t any places near me that provide bikini or brazilian waxes, so I doubt there would be any places that provide sugaring.

Erica December 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

This is going to seem silly but I’ve always wondered… I’ve never gone to have anything besides my eyebrows (and ok, the ocassional upper lip) waxed. I get embarrased when I think of going for a bikini wax. I think it’s time for me to be a big girl and try it (sugaring seems much more appealing). How does the process work? I mean to you show up with a swimsuit, do they cover you in a sheet, how horribly obgyn traumatizing is it? Could someone please explain what happens when you walk behind the “curtain?”

Heather February 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

@Erica The process varies from place to place, but typically, with a Brazilian especially, you get naked from the waist down and butterfly your legs on a table.

Depending on the person who’s working on you, you may have to move around a little bit so they have easier access to some of your bits, but it isn’t like an acrobatics show.

Also, a Brazilian includes your hind quarters as well, unless you prefer it didn’t. I do. But, most people will have you flip over for that part, and some prefer you hug your knees.

It’s definitely not the time to be prudish about being half naked in front of a stranger. The first time or two can be a little awkward for you, but any good sugar/waxer will do their best to make it totally comfortable and normal feeling. Remember, it’s nothing the girl who’s about to pull your hairs out hasn’t seen on herself, and every day she works.

For me, the embarrassment of it all quickly melted away. Best wishes to you, and let us know how it goes!

Kari February 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

I make my own sugar wax (actually called sugar paste) using

2 cups white granulated sugar (brown, raw, anything granulated not powdered tho!)

1/4 lemon OR lime juice (can be store bought or fresh, with fresh strain all the pulp out)

1/4 cup water

Stir everything over medium high heat in stainless steal LARGE pot until it boils, stir constantly

Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, until your mixture reaches a nice amber color. Beer color is too light, maple syrup color is good. This will take about 20 minutes to get. If u have a candy thermometer for cooking, 250° is when it’s ready

Do not leave ur stove! Stir occasionally. It will get frothy and darker as it cooks. Remove from heat often to let froth subside and check color.

When ready, let cool for a couple minutes and pour into a microwave safe container that has an airtight lid. Let cool completely! To room temp.

Hair has to b about 1/4 to get good results. The paste catches the hair better.

Watch one of the many YouTube vids on how to actually use this paste. Its simple and much faster than waxing! Its so pliable u can swipe this stuff on in opposite direction of hair growth, leaving a little bit of the paste at the end that’s in ur hand, and pull off in the other direction.

Btw…if ur paste comes out too sticky or just isn’t able to be used this way, you can warm it up a bit and use muslin or cotton cloth strips to use it like a normal wax, still without the irritation!

If u have paste left, put it in the fridge and warm up again later, letting again cool to a room temp.

Btw the handful of paste you use for this just keeps getting used, meaning one handful per wax job! After u rip it off, take the same handful and apply to the next spot repeating until the ball is no.longer working or until ur done. Toss that used ball after tho!

Hope this saves some of y’all some $$

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