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The Long History of Sugaring

Sugaring is a method of hair removal that has been in use since 1900 BC. According to history text, sugar was only found in the regions surrounding Papua New Guinea until the first millennium AD. As a result, it is surmised that honey was the first sugaring agent.

Sugaring (or sugar waxing or Persian waxing) was also known as sukkar in the Middle East and in Egypt, as ağda in Turkey, and as moum in Iran.

The sugaring method dates to ancient times (around 1900 B.C.) in Egypt. It could also be found in North Africa and East Africa, in Arabic cultures and Persian cultures. In 1984 sugaring was brought to the United Kingdom.

Hair Removal has been around for centuries, perhaps, some argue, since the dawn of humankind. Tools once thought to be used for scraping fur from animal skins were discovered to contain human hair and are now believed to have been used as crude razors for shaving the face some 20,000 years ago. Ancient Sumerians and Romans tweezed eyebrows and facial hair. They sported clean, shaven faces as status symbols.

Sugaring is an age-old method of hair removal used in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Sugaring is believed to have been discovered as a form of hair removal in ancient times by chance. First, a sugar paste was used to treat wounds or to dress a burn, preventing infections and to aid in healing. Then something else happened. The removal of the paste would also remove the hair while leaving the skin with little irritation.

Ancient Egyptians believed body hair to be unacceptable and unclean. They used tools like tweezers and shaving to remove hair. Then they discovered sugar! It was a faster, less painful, and more effective method. The sugar would also exfoliate, leaving the skin smoother and healthy. Hair regrowth would have been softer and finer.

Therefore it is understandable that sugaring became a lasting method of hair removal. Sugaring has remained unchanged in the Middle East region. When the technique arrived on U.S. soil it evolved.

In the modern United States, people continue to develop and improve hair-removal methods for home use, whether through improved shaving tools, depilatories, or home-waxing products.

Now there are two very different types of sugaring, just as there is with waxing: (1) the strip-removal method and (2) the no strip method. It is important to recognize the differences between the two because they have a different effect on the skin and hair.

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