Healthy Beginnings

10 Reasons Why Sugaring Might Be a Little Sweeter than Waxing

What do you think of when you hear the word “sugaring”? Are you picturing lightly- sugared strawberries? Perhaps, sugar-sprinkled cookies? It might be safe to assume hair removal may not have been top of mind. However, hair removal just might be sweeter than your favorite sugared treat.

The term “sugaring” is de ned as a hair removal treatment that uses a combination of sugar, lemon and water to naturally remove hair.

“Sugaring is the natural alternative to waxing,” Greer Kukuk, owner of White Sage Reno, a studio for skin, said. “You’re removing hair by the root. It’s relatively new, I feel, to the States, as it’s still kind of making its place here. But, it’s actually an ancient technique that the Egyptians discovered.”

Greer has been practicing sugaring since 2010. Thanks to her love of facials and self- care regimes, she learned not only the importance of maintaining healthy skin, but also its connection to internal health and well being. She decided to pursue her passion and attend an esthetics college that focused on holistic skin care treatments. And, after practicing sugaring in Portland, she moved to Reno and opened her studio in March 2017 to exist in an environment that encourages and promotes self-care.

“Self-care is important,” Greer said. “It doesn’t have to be painful or scary. Even hair removal can be a relaxing, feel-good service.”

Aside from being able to actually EAT the sweet self-care, honey-like paste (this is not recommended), here are 10 reasons why sugaring might be sweeter than waxing:

  1. Sugaring is a natural process for hair removal – it’s a honey-like mixture composed of sugar, lemon and water, and does not contain resins that can be found in wax.
  2. Sugaring is applied by hand – there are no sticks, no strips. The sugar is molded onto the skin, and then is pulled up and o the skin with a flicking motion. The same piece of sugar is used during the hair removal process. Sugaring is much more sanitary than waxing, as there’s no opportunity to double dip. There’s also less waste.
  3. Sugaring is applied and removed opposite of wax, so the sugar goes on against the direction of hair growth. And, you remove the hair with the direction of growth, so there’s less opportunity for breakage and ingrown hairs that many people experience with waxing.
  4. The sugar doesn’t stick to live skin cells like wax can, so sugaring causes less irritation, which is beneficial for those with sensitive skin. And, because the sugar does not stick to live skin cells, you can go over an area more than once, which makes the process more thorough than waxing.
  5. The sugar is very sticky, so it does a better job of picking up the shorter, finer hairs.
  6. You can sugar almost every body part, with the exception of a man’s beard or mustache. Beyond that, any body part is fair game, from the brow area to the bikini line.
  7. Sugaring is known to be less painful, and the sugar is kept in warmers to make the mixture pliable and keep the sugar warm, generally at room temperature.
  8. The sugar is water-soluble. So, if there’s any leftover residue on the skin, it can be removed gently with warm water.
  9. If shaving is part of your current hair removal routine, allow for 10 days of hair growth prior to your first sugaring session. Generally after a sugaring session, you can expect to stay hairless for about 4-6 weeks.
  10. Sugar is exfoliating, as it adheres to the dead skin cells. After a sugaring session, the skin will feel smooth and exfoliated with minimal redness and irritation.

For more information about sugaring, or to contact Greer at White Sage, call 775-683-9200 or visit