Waxing and sugaring are among the most popular hair removal techniques. In these techniques, hairs are pulled out of their roots, leaving a smooth, hair-free, sexy, and babyish look—a super soft feeling—for about a week or so.
Unlike shaving, which only removes the hair from the surface of the skin, waxing and sugaring remove hair from its roots, with no hair left inside the skin. That is the main reason that the consistency of the skin is so soft and smooth after waxing and sugaring. Nothing beats waxing and sugaring in removing hair and cleaning the skin, except permanent hair removals, like a laser, IPL, and electrolysis.
After a week or so, the new hairs start to erupt onto the surface of the skin. The tips of the new hairs are sharp, like tiny needles. While the new hair is passing through hair follicles, it irritates the hair follicle walls, and you may experience itching and irritation.
The newly-grown hairs may deviate from their normal route and penetrate the skin and become unpleasant ingrown hairs. People who wax regularly, however, won’t have most of these side effects. If you wax regularly, your body gets used to it, and there won’t be any ingrown hair or itching after waxing or sugaring.
During the time that the hair is still short and bristly, your sexual partner will have more problems than you if it was a Brazilian or manzilian (removing hair from the male genital area) treatment. These sharp hairs work like harsh sandpaper and will irritate his or her genitals and pubic area. After sex, your partner’s privates may become red, itchy, and irritated, lasting for a few hours.
If you regularly wax, however, the hair follicles become weak over time, and new hair is much thinner and finer. Pulling hair from its roots is traumatic to the root and, if repeated, damages the hair follicle. The damaged hair follicle cannot make normal hair, so the new hair becomes thinner, and gradually the hair follicle may die and stop growing hair forever.
Week Three to Next Appointment
After three weeks, the hairs grow long enough that they do not bother you anymore. It doesn’t itch, and there is no more ingrown hair or irritation. When the hair is one-third to half an inch long, you can schedule your next appointment and wax again, starting a new cycle.
If you wax or sugar your hair, this is the cycle that you would experience every 4 to 6 weeks. The bright side of waxing and sugaring is that you are hair-free for at least a week or so, but the downside is that you have to deal with hairs for another 3 to 5 weeks before your next appointment.
The other option is shaving, which is not better than waxing and sugaring. With shaving, you expose yourself to all the side effects and complications of waxing, but you are hair-free for only a day or two. In addition to the waxing complication, there is always a chance of micro-cuts and irritation of the skin, especially your genitalia.
Waxing and sugaring are still among the best techniques for removing hair from the body. If your body gets used to waxing and sugaring, you will have the least complications, as well as cleaner and softer skin.