What’s the Difference Between Sugaring and Waxing? Here’s What You Need to Know

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There are plenty of different routes you can take when it comes to hair removal. Shaving is a good option if you want something relatively quick and painless; laser hair removal is worth considering if you want to see a decrease in your overall hair growth over time. Then there are the in-between treatments like sugaring and waxing, which – even though they’re not exactly – being painless, are fairly common options.

Sugaring and waxing are very similar in that they both involve the use of a sticky mixture meant to remove the hair from the root so that it grows back slower and thinner than it would if you shaved it off, but there are actually a handful of things that make them different from one another, too. For starters, sugaring employs an all-natural sugaring wax made with sugar, water, and lemon juice that’s typically applied at room temperature, while waxing requires the use of hot wax – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

To get the details on the major differences between sugaring and waxing – and who’s a good candidate for both – we spoke to two hair removal experts. Read ahead to see their thoughts.

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