Wellness dictionary

Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...

In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.


Sugaring hair removal and where did sugaring originate from?

Sugaring is a hair removal method, which originates from the orient. Also known under the name of Halawa, it has a centuries old tradition. The sugar paste, which is heated and then applied to the skin to remove hair, only has three ingredients: sugar, lemon juice and water. In order to receive a sugaring treatment, body/facial hair need to be about 0,5cm to 1cm long. Sugaring serves as an alternative method to waxing as it takes the hair about the same amount of time (4 to 6 weeks) to grow back. Sugaring paste can be applied to the whole body.

Why is sugaring better than waxing?

Unlike waxing paste, sugar paste only sticks to the hair and not to the skin. People often decide to switch from waxing to sugaring, as they suffer from redness and maybe even burned skin after waxing treatments. Sugaring therefore is a more gentle hair-removing technique.

How does sugaring work?

before the sugaring treatment, the skin gets cleaned with an alcohol containing lotion to remove the grease layer of the skin. This is done so the sugaring paste adheres better to the skin. Afterwards, the lukewarm sugar paste is applied by hand to the skin. Unlike during waxing treatments, the sugar paste is applied against hair growth and removed in the direction of hair growth. If necessary, the process is repeated on the same spot of skin.

Related topics: Hamam Exfoliation Spa Waxing

Wilfried Dreckmann - Wellnessexperte und Spa-Coach

Wilfried Dreckmann

Wilfried Dreckmann combines practical experience in the field of wellness and spa with academic know-how.  Since 2006 he is working internationally as a management consultant, trainer and coach for wellness providers. He is a lecturer at the iST Studieninstitut and associate professor at the iST University of applied sciences in Düsseldorf.