Sugaring vs. Waxing: Everything You Need to Know

It's impossible to keep up with the hair removal world when a new device is popping up every other day. However, waxing and sugaring are hair removal techniques that have been around since the beginning of time. Research says that hair removal is increasingly the norm in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom but has been documented as early as ancient Egypt.

Waxing and sugaring are often grouped together because both techniques lift hair from the root of the hair follicle and have a longer effect on the skin than shaving. But truth be told, they're two very different techniques. With waxing, sometimes a strip is used to remove your hair in the opposite direction of your follicle's growth pattern. The opposite happens with sugaring, where the hair is pulled in the natural direction of your follicle's growth pattern. Wax also tends to be hotter than sugaring, which is normally room temperature.

To get the lowdown, we tapped Shobha Tummala, founder and CEO of Shobha hair removal and laser spa, and Enrique Ramirez, wax expert, esthetician, and founder of Face to Face spa based in NYC.