Hair Removal : What is Oriental Waxing?

Oriental waxing, also commonly known as sugaring, involves covering the area of skin in a gooey, caramel-like substance and pulling it back off, similar to traditional waxing as it removes the hairs at the root. Unlike other forms of waxing, Oriental waxing doesn’t always require strips to pull the wax away. This is because the sugar paste sticks to the hair like wax, but also harden in the process, forming a solid strip to grip and remove. When removed, the paste takes only the hair and dead skin cells with it, thereby exfoliating your skin in the process.

Oriental waxing paste is commonly found in cosmetic stores, and can be a very budget-friendly option compared to regular visits to the salon. As an age-old practise, Oriental waxing is a great option if you tend towards using natural ingredients. A homemade version can be made using a combination of sugar, water and lemon. It should be noted that this can be a very messy process, and can leave you with quite a sticky kitchen. A simpler option is to look for a ready-to-use Oriental wax from a store, either in tubs, roll-ons or strips. Veet® Wax Products are great option for those looking for long lasting results. It is available in an Argon Oil fragrance, with a gentle formula to remove hair from the very first application, while leaving the upper layers of skin moisturised. Many of the Veet® wax products available contain Vitamin E, Almond Oil or Aloe Vera which contain nourishing properties for your skin.

Temperature is very important when it comes to oriental waxing. To avoid burns, it’s good to make sure that the wax has not become too hot. At the same time, if it’s too cool, it may not correctly grip the hairs. Never heat the wax for longer than the instructions indicate. The warm sugar paste should then be spread on the skin with a spatula, once strips are applied, remove against the natural direction of growth, this process makes it possible to remove hair as short as 2mm. This also means the hairs are less likely to break during removal as they are pulled out right from the root. As the follicle has to rebuild the hair from scratch, when the hairs do grow back, they will often be softer, round-ended hairs rather than the coarse and thicker regrowth experienced with shaving.


Oriental wax can be used effectively on large areas like your legs and smaller, more sensitive areas like your underarms or bikini line. Like waxing, sugaring can leave a residue on your skin, but because the formula is made up almost entirely of sugar, t dissolves easily with warm water in a shower.