How Long Does Hair Have to Be For Sugaring?

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Written by Kate Holmsy. Updated on How Long Does Hair Have to Be For Sugaring

There are so many beauty procedures today that people often get lost and feel puzzled when trying to figure out what each of them means. For example, sugaring is one of such procedures.

You can find it on the service list of almost any beauty salon, but do you know what exactly it is? And more importantly, are you aware of its nuances?

How long does hair need to be for sugaring?

This question is asked more frequently than others, and today we will do our best to give an answer to it.

You are going to find out what sugaring hair length is considered optimal for this procedure, and how to get yourself ready for this process, and in addition, we will share a few useful tips with you on this subject.

With all that in mind, getting sugared will not be scary for you if you are going to do it for the first time! Plus, you will be aware of how to get yourself ready for the procedure correctly so that it works best for you.

How Long Should Hair Be For Sugaring?

If you are going to make a sugaring appointment, make sure that your hair is of the required length! In the majority of cases, your hair needs to be at least ⅛ of an inch, but sugaring professionals recommend it to be no longer than ¼ of an inch.

See, during the sugaring procedure, the hair is removed in its natural direction of growth. This is why this hair removal procedure makes it possible to extract hairs that are as short as 1/16 of an inch.

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Also, unlike waxing, there is no reason to let your hair grow long enough before getting sugared. On the contrary, if you have longer hair, it will only cause undue discomfort during your treatment!

This is the reason why sugaring professionals suggest you stop shaving 7 to 10 days prior to your first sugaring appointment if you shave on a regular basis and want to start sugaring instead.

What Is Sugaring?

Sugaring may sound like a new kind of hair removal procedure to some of you, but in fact, this is not like that. Anyway, before you make a final decision on whether or not you would like to try it, we recommend you learn more about this method of body hair removal.

You will be definitely surprised to find out that sugaring hair removal (also known as sugar wax) has been used for centuries! And the general approach didn’t change much from that time.

A sugar paste is applied to the skin where you need to remove unwanted hair, and then molded right before flicking and removing hair.

It may sound a bit painful and in fact, this hair removal procedure is not completely painless. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you might feel certain minor discomfort, especially while removing hair on delicate areas like a bikini.

However, there is a great thing about this method. Sugaring is a 100% completely natural, organic form of hair removal. So if your skin is very sensitive to any chemical products, consider using this approach instead.

Also, you should know that sugaring is a form of hair removal that often is referred to as sugar wax, sugaring, sugar, or wax. People are sometimes confused by the term and often combine sugar and wax.

However, it is important to understand that, while sugar and wax do the same thing, both are very different procedures! Make sure you take this fact into consideration when booking an appointment in your salon, otherwise, you can book not the procedure that you intended to.

How does it work, you may wonder?

Well, everything is pretty simple. A specialist uses a room temperature paste that warms with body temperature.

A warm, thick mixture is applied first in the opposite direction of hair growth and then in the direction of hair growth with the hands. It is then flicked off in the direction of hair growth, making the hair be extracted from the hair follicle.

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How Many Sugaring Sessions One Needs For Total Hair Removal?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that sound in beauty salons. How many times do I need to undergo this procedure before all the unwanted hair is removed? Well, it depends.

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See, sugaring results typically last around three to five weeks, but the duration of the result will be depending on the area, as well as the rate at which your hair grows.

However, the beauty of sugaring hair removal is that it may reduce hair growth over time! That means you will have less hair to sugar each time a new appointment rolls around!

How Much Does Sugaring Hair Removal Cost?

Price is another issue that bothers potential clients of beauty salons and sugaring specialists. Since this procedure often has to be done several times, people want to know how much a single session might cost. Like that, it will be easier to calculate the approximate total price.

In general, prices can range anywhere between $10 to $60 or more for one sugaring treatment session. The cost will vary, just like the duration of the sugaring effect. Usually, the price depends on several factors:

  • Where you seek out the treatment (meaning the salon)?
  • The body area that you are going to have treated matters

Speaking of salons, it’s not a secret that those that are very popular will typically have higher prices for their services. Also, salons that hire top-rate professionals will charge more money for their services as well.

The area that needs to be sugared matters as well. For example, larger areas like the legs will usually be more costly than, let’s say, your eyebrows. And even if you need to do several small areas, the price could be pretty high.

Now that you know what sugaring hair removal is, how it works, how much it costs, and how long your hair should be for undergoing the procedure successfully, let’s find out what can be done to get yourself ready for the upcoming treatment.

Remember that, the better you prepare yourself the more successful the session will be. And also, the less painful the treatment becomes.

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How to Get Ready For Your Sugaring Session?

If you check out the preparation recommendations that most beauty salons give on their websites, you will see approximately the same tips. Below, you can check out the most common ones.

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Remember to Exfoliate

For getting the best results after your sugaring session, it is recommended to exfoliate the area 2-3 times per week.

For that purpose, you can use soap and a mitt (often sold right in a salon) which provides better exfoliation than store-bought luffas. Also, you should cleanse and gently exfoliate the treatment area on the day of your appointment.

Keep Your Skin Moistured Between the Sessions

Even though applying any moisturizing products is not recommended on the day of your appointment, sometimes it might be necessary.

For example, if this is not going to be the first sugaring session for you, remember to moisturize the treatment area between treatments. This will help the hair grow back in such a way that the sugar can easily grasp and remove the hair for a better experience.

Also, it is not recommended to use lotions or oils on the skin before and between the sugaring sessions. These products will prevent the sugar from adhering to the hair follicle properly for better hair removal.

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Avoid Consuming Caffeine-Containing Products

To be precise, it is recommended that the day of, you should minimize your caffeine and alcohol intake. Like that, it will help you prevent your pores from tightening. As a result, the sugar will be able to extract the hair much better without causing additional damage and irritation to your skin.

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Make It Comfortable For You

Even though sugaring is a relatively delicate hair removal procedure, it still may cause certain irritation to your skin.

So before you head off to your salon for being sugared, we recommend you take an over-the-counter pain reliever to minimize pain. It would be best if you take the pills about 30 minutes before your appointment.

Also, remember to put on loose and soft clothes made of natural fabrics. They will be especially delicate to your skin, which is very important after the sugaring session when the skin is pretty much irritated and sensitive.

Plus, such fabrics are more breathable and they don’t cause extra friction by rubbing against the body.

Like that, if you follow these simple tips and recommendations, you will be able to make your sugaring hair removal session as comfortable and painless as possible, even if it is going to be your first visit to a salon for this purpose.

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What Should You Keep In Mind Immediately After Your Appointment?

There are a few things that can be done at home right after you are done with your appointment to help you prevent irritation after your sugaring session:

  • If you feel that the sugared area is way too sensitive, try to apply hydrocortisone cream or a cool compress
  • If the treated area is swelling, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce it
  • If the sugaring was done on your genitals, try to avoid sexual activity for at least 24 hours so as not to additionally rub or irritate the area
  • Avoid any activity that could cause sweating. That means your workout and fitness should be postponed, as well as soaking or swimming in water for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid direct sunlight, including tanning, for at least 24 hours
  • Don’t shave or otherwise try to remove stray hairs

All this will help you keep the treated area less irritated and thus, the skin will return to its normal state faster.

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What Can You Do to Minimize Ingrown Hairs And Other Bumps?

Ingrown hairs happen even after sugaring hair removal. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent these uncomfortable bumps from showing up.

  • Stop exfoliating the area 2 to 3 days before your appointment
  • After your sugaring appointment, don’t shave, tweeze, or stubble to reduce ingrown hairs
  • To further prevent ingrown hairs, try using an oil or concentrate

However, if you see that ingrown hair only gets worse no matter how you try to stop it, talk to a doctor about using a stronger topical cream with benzoyl peroxide or exfoliating ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid.

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Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Get Sugared?

Sugaring is fairly safe and relatively delicate, however, like any beauty procedure, it also has certain restrictions. Before you make an appointment, learn about a few groups of people who should avoid sugaring or need to consult a doctor first.

  • If you are taking antibiotics, hormone replacement medication, hormonal birth control, Accutane, or retinoids, talk to your doctor before sugaring.
  • Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can also make skin more sensitive, so sugaring might not be the most comfortable form of hair removal
  • If you have varicosis, application of sugaring mass may harm your blood vessels. On this subject, you should also consult with your doctor first!

So, now you have learned quite a lot of new and useful information about sugaring. And even if you have never heard of this procedure before, now you know what it is, how it is done, and how much you might need to pay for it.

In addition, we shared a few handy tips with you on how to get yourself ready for the upcoming procedure to make it comfortable and efficient.

I’ve never heard of body sugaring. Is it a brand new hair removal method? What’s the point of it?

Well, sugaring is quite an ancient way of hair removal! It has been practiced by Middle Eastern women for centuries and it dates back to the Ancient Egyptians who considered a hairless body to be the standard of beauty.

Also, sugaring method has been widely used in Arabic countries where it was known as Halawa (sweet).

The point is that the area with unwanted hair is covered with the sugar substance which is then kind of peeled off, removing the hair as well. At least, that’s how I imagine it happens! See, I’ve never done it myself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

⭐Can the skin therapist trim my hair if it’s too long?

If there is a need to trim excessively long hair during your sugaring appointment, your therapist will do it after discussing with you the additional cost.

⭐How long will my hair stay gone?

The normal growth cycle of hair is about three weeks, so you may start to see hair returning at this time.

⭐Does body sugaring hurt like waxing?

Most people who converted from waxing say that sugaring is much less painful. Sugaring is still extraction of hair from the follicle root, so it is not without some sensation.

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