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For some, unwanted hair can be embarrassing, and for others, it's another good excuse to pamper themselves at the spa. As time and techniques modernize, new ways of removing hair have emerged, but one has stood the test of time: waxing.

Traditional waxing is the service most commonly offered in spas, but there's an alternative way to remove unwanted hair and what's more, you can do it at home. Body sugaring is a form of waxing that's natural and virtually pain-free. So they say. We explored the differences between the two to help you pick which one might be more suitable for you.

Traditional Waxing

traditional hair waxing

Quick and easy, traditional waxing can be done at home or at the spa. The procedure is fairly simple: the wax is warmed and spread on the skin with a wooden applicator stick. With a clean white cloth placed on top of the wax, the strip is removed in a swift movement, pulling out the hair. The great thing about traditional wax is that the hair is pulled from the root so when your hair grows back, it's like virgin hair. It's finer and not as dark, thus not as noticeable. Although it hurts, it'll keep your skin bare and smooth for up to four weeks.

There are different types of wax so we recommend you go to a spa specializing in hair removal where you can discuss with an aesthetician what works best for you.


  • Lasts up to six weeks before a touch-up is needed
  • Hair grows back thinner and lighter (not the opposite)
  • Quick and clean


  • Although the pain subsides over time, it's still a painful process
  • If not done properly, you could remove a layer of your skin. Ouch!

Body Sugaring Wax

body sugaring wax

Body sugaring wax seems to be the new wave but it's actually been around for centuries. Although not as popular, this technique is practical because the wax can be made at home with natural ingredients. The great thing about sugaring is that you can go at your own pace and try as many times as you need to work the consistency to your liking. Ready to try it yourself? Here's a DIY recipe you can follow:

Sugar Wax Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon or lime juice
  • ⅛ cup water
  • Small, non-stick saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
  1. Mix the ingredients together into a saucepan to a medium-heat, stirring often.
  2. Use a candy thermometer to make sure the mixture doesn't go higher than 260 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Once it's finished cooking, pour it into a container. Let it cool until the paste become pliable.
  4. Place it on top of the unwanted hair and swiftly pull it off in the opposite direction your hair grows.

Keep in mind that your hair needs to be at least ¼" thick before you try this method. Although practice makes perfect, it'll keep unwanted hair growth at bay for up to 10 days.


  • Natural and hypoallergenic
  • Eco-friendly and cost-efficient
  • Exfoliates your skin at the same


  • Time consuming
  • Messy
  • Can be painful, despite what some people suggest

Both methods have an ouch! factor but sometimes beauty is pain. Traditional wax is quicker and lasts longer so if you're always on the go, this might be a better fit for your lifestyle. Body sugaring, on the other hand, requires a little bit of practice before you get the consistency down to a science. But if you're looking to save money and avoid skin irritation, then you might prefer sugaring. Ultimately it's your call, so try both methods to see what best suits your needs.

Photos: baibaz / Shutterstock.com, Robert Przybysz / Shutterstock.com, Kzenon / Shutterstock.com

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Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece