The centuries-old hair removal technique is the preferred method for natural beauty proponents.
Question: What is sugaring and is it better than waxing?
Answer: In a list of hair removal options—waxing, shaving, threading, lasering—sugaring, which originated in South Asia and the Middle East and is often referred to as halava, certainly reads as the least aggressive technique, though it functions less like a confectionary rubdown than you'd imagine. The method of removing hair with a gel made of sugar, lemon and water, though centuries old, is "gaining a lot of popularity now because everyone is looking for natural alternatives," says Hibba Kapil, founder of green beauty salon Hibba NYC. "Sugaring works exactly like waxing in terms of application but it ends up hurting a lot less and the results last longer. The secret behind that is because there are none of the chemical agents that make the wax stick to skin; hence, it only sticks to hair and doesn't snap on the skin." Kapil recommends booking an appointment for when your hair is 3/4 of an inch long. You can expect to come back every five weeks for the first three times, but the "real surprise is how long it can last after the first few times—some of our clients don't come back for almost eight weeks and when they do, they are very patchy in terms of regrowth." The downsides: It's not recommended for the gentle eyebrow area and commercial sugaring gel is hard to find, meaning most salons make their own and you'll be hard-pressed to find at-home kits.
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