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Learning about natural hair has taught me a lot more than what I bargained for. For starters, I learnt that the tried and tested techniques and products used by my mother, grandmother, and her mother before her, are not “old fashioned”. They’ve stood the test of time for a reason! Things like bantu knots, olive oil, coconut oil, aloe-vera gel, henna, sleeping with a silk scarf – all of these and more, are things that are a common part of my culture. Things that I declined to do when my grandmother pointed me in their direction. Well, I now know that if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it! It is in that frame of mind that I decided to start exploring other traditional natural products and treatments; which is how I stumbled upon this gem.
Allow me to introduce you to sugaring (if you haven’t been already). Sugaring is an ancient natural hair removal method used by women in places like India, the Middle East, North and East Africa.
WHAT IS IT MADE OF?
Sugaring paste is made by mixing sugar and a small amount of lemon juice over a gentle flame.
HOW IS IT USED?
The paste is spread thinly onto the skin with a wooden spatula, in the direction of the hair growth. Similarly to waxing, the hair and paste is removed by the quick pulling of a cotton strip (in the opposite direction of hair growth). It just sounds like waxing right? Well there are a few more benefits to this method as opposed to waxing.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- If you’re clumsy like me, you’ll be glad to hear that unlike wax, the sugar mixture is water soluble. This makes it way easier to wash and clean. All you need is warm water, and maybe a bit of soap.
- It’s said to be less painful than waxing, and although pain is subjective, I can attest to this! Side note: The sugar solution used is warm (not hot like wax).
- The ingredients are 100% natural and can all be found in your kitchen – it’s literally good enough to eat.
- It’s cheap.
- Short hair can be treated with sugaring (as soon as a few days after shaving).
- Regular sugaring lessens the hair growth in the areas it’s used, making it a good way to get hair growth control.
- It lasts for as long as up to 6 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE SET BACKS?
Alas, sugaring isn’t perfect. There are a few draw backs. Natural or not sugaring can still cause skin irritation, so you have to test it on a small area on your skin before using it. The same area may have to be treated twice or more times for complete hair removal. Also, when making your own sugaring paste, the consistency has to be right for it to produce the right results. This is not easy.
ARE THERE ANY “READY MADE” KITS AVAILABLE?
Luckily it’s 2012, so there are plenty of home sugaring kits available. I use Sugar StripEase Home Sugaring Kit, which is available at Boots (although my local Boots doesn’t stock it, so I order online)
In my opinion sugaring is by far the best hair removal method I’ve come across. In a day and age where we are being sold things right left and centre, it’s so comforting to know that the most effective beauty treatments needn’t be the most expensive.
Are there any traditional or “old fashioned” beauty treatments that you find amazing? Did your natural hair journey teach you any unexpected lessons? Have you ever used sugaring hair removal? Did you do it yourself or have it done professionally? Let me know in the comments below.