Using Your Hands
This sugaring tool is the hardest to master and gives you the most control.
Make sure your hands are clean and clear of any moisture.
Put powder on your hands if they tend to get sweaty quickly.
Practice the hand rake.
Position your four fingers into a diagonal line, bending your hand at the knuckle.
Check the direction of hair growth.
Start at the loose ends of the hair and scoop back into the root.
Scoop in the opposite direction of hair growth, pause for a second with light pressure.
The initial tendency is to “schmear” the sugar with the pads of your fingers.
Instead of smoothing it down, you're raking it down, like a zen garden rake.
Keep the paste in front of your hand.
The sugar will follow your direction. If you lift your hand up and away from your body, you’ll break the sugar connection. (And you don’t want that.) You want the sugar to stay in one piece.
Imagine brushing eraser crumbs off a table. Keep your hand parallel to your skin and move quickly.
Use 1, 2, 3, or 4 fingers depending on the size of the area you are sugaring.
Make sure your fingers are aligned.
For longer scoops, flick and fold over like an accordion.
This will prevent the paste from swinging up behind your hand and getting stuck.
Mold two-three times to grab more hairs in one flick.
You should see some indenting from your fingers.
Are you getting it? If not, why not try the applicator method?
Use the applicator to sugar ⟶