Eyebrow Sugaring

Why It's Great for Shaping

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Eyebrow sugaring is a wonderful way to shape the brows because it’s gentle to the skin and can last for weeks at a time. Learn more about the different types of sugaring, how it compares to other hair removal options, including how to find a professional or perform this method at home.

How Does Sugaring Work?

Sugaring is an ancient hair removal method that removes hair from the root. It can last for up to six weeks.

A true product is made of all natural ingredients; most of the time it's just sugar, lemon juice and water. Sometimes salt, essential oils or honey are also used in the recipe.

Two Different Kinds of Sugar: Paste and Gel

Sugaring paste is slightly warmed or used at room temperature. It’s applied against the way the hair grows and removed in the in the direction of hair growth with a flicking motion with the fingers. It can remove hair as short as 1/16".

Sugaring gel is used the same way as soft wax. It’s warmed up in a warmer or in the microwave and applied in the way the hair grows with an applicator. A strip is placed over the gel and removed in the opposite direction of hair growth. It can remove hair as short as 1/4".

Great for Shaping Brows

With the skin in the eye area being sensitive, many love that sugaring doesn’t cling as much to the skin as it does to the hair. With less tugging, many people agree it’s not as painful as waxing and brows don’t get as pink.

With the paste, the pain factor goes down even more as hair is removed in the direction of growth.

Using eye creams, anti-aging or acne products often exfoliate skin or remove skin cells. Sugaring is said to slough off dead skin cells, whereas waxing removes those both dead and live ones. Waxing can be too much exfoliation combined with some products, causing redness, inflammation or removal of skin.

Unless the skin is already in an over-exfoliated state, sugaring is less likely to cause extreme redness or swelling.

Sugaring is fast. While tweezing is great for a hair here or there, both the paste and gel remove many hairs at the same time.

Sugar can be applied more than once, so it's great if you miss some hair. The gentle nature of sugar allows it be applied more than once in a row to grab hair left behind. Most wax is only supposed to be used once, with rogue hairs picked up with tweezers.

Seeing a Professional

Finding a salon or spa that does sugaring is more difficult than waxing. Professional companies are more than happy to direct you to a facility in your area like Alexandria Professional Sugaring and Tamara’s Body Sugaring. Shobha salons (dotted throughout New York City and D.C.) offer sugaring gel hair removal services, as well as threading and waxing.

If you’re still having trouble finding a technician, do a Google search. Try [sugaring your city your state], using the brackets will help narrow the results rather than just list general information.

Sugaring at Home

You can shape your brows at home using sugar. Remember though, that it’s different than removing hair from other parts of the face or body because you need precision.

We recommend using the gel over the paste because it’s much easier to control where it’s placed and removed.

If you want to save money, you can make your own product. It’s whipped up with only three ingredients: sugar, lemon juice and water. It then can be used as either a paste or gel.

There are some sugaring kits that have accessories and are heated up in the microwave like the Shobha Sugaring Kit and Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar. Both of these are recommended to be used on the body, not the face. Moom is an affordable sugar based product which makes an eyebrow shaping kit.