Sugaring Versus Waxing Versus Laser Hair Removal: What’s Right For You?

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The materials and process

There are several types of wax, but the most common one you’ll find – particularly for a sensitive area like the bikini line – consists of a combination of beeswax and rosin, which is a type of resin. It’s the same stuff used to make plastic, so it’s not the most eco-friendly of options. Waxing can be gentler on the skin than hair removal creams and foams, which often have long lists of chemicals known to cause irritation, but harsher than sugaring. Compared to shaving, it’s also more effective because it grabs hair at the roots. It is different from sugaring, however, in that the wax is applied in the same direction of hair growth, and removed in the opposite. It must be removed very fast, in order to ensure the full hair follicle is pulled out. When this doesn’t occur, there can be breakage and ingrowns.

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