Two main methods exist. The Strip Method, uses a paper or fabric strip to remove the sugar (and hairs). This is very similar to waxing. The Hand Method, does not use any paper or fabric strips to remove the sugar, rather a flicking action is used by the therapist to remove the sugar and hairs.
Sugaring can be less painful because it only sticks to the hair (wax will also attach to the skin.) Nevertheless, as with other hair removal methods, there is some risk of skin irritation, sensitivity, or reaction. Though the process can leave a sticky mess, sugar is soluble in water and therefore sugaring involves a relatively easy cleanup with warm water.
The hand method does not use strips of fabric or paper to remove the sugar paste (talcum powder is still applied). The paste is applied against the natural direction of growth and then flicked off with the hand in the natural direction of growth to extract the hair.
As stated earlier, sugaring is a natural form of hair removal. This process is made out of a paste that is made out of honey, sugar and lemon. Sugaring removes hair in the natural direction of hair growth and is a method that causes less pain, irritation and breakage. With sugaring hair as short as 1/16 of an inch can be removed thus lessening the wait for regrowth between treatments. This method also acts as an exfoliator for dry skin.
Sugaring prevents burning of the skin, as it is applied at body temperature. Sugaring helps remove hair and dead skin cells as sugar does not stick to live skin cells. Since bacteria do not breed in sugar it is a more sanitary method of hair removal. Sugaring helps remove hair cleanly with less breakage or re-growth compared to other methods of hair removal. Sugar can be easily cleaned with water, thus there is no residual sticky feeling after sugaring.