What's the difference and why does it matter? Sugar paste does not have any WAX in it, so there is no "Waxing" when you're referring to getting sugared.
Sugaring is all we do at The Sweetest Thing. Using the ball in hand method dating back over 2,000 years with a paste made entirely of Sugar, Water & Lemon Juice. When the paste is first applied It looks like caramel or molasses. The paste is molded onto your skin against the direction of the hair growth, then quickly flicked off - removing the sugar paste and your unwanted hair. This ancient hand technique allows for the hair to be extracted in the direction of its growth means less breakage and discomfort for you! It's more sanitary and reduces waste because there are no sticks or strips. After your service the paste and gloves are discarded and you are left with beautifully smooth skin.
Waxing is a form of hair removal utilizing a hot gooey material that is applied using disposable one time use wooden sticks to the skin and hair in the direction of growth. The wax is made from various synthetic rosins, animal biproducts, and petrochemicals. It's removed in the opposite direction of hair growth, which can cause hair breakage and lead to ingrown hairs. It is either removed using strips, when using a soft wax or without strips when using a hard wax that stiffens up as it cools. Both forms remove living skin cells in the process and can cause significant skin damage.
Sugar Waxing is a hybrid of both of these hair removal methods. It is essentially traditional waxing using sticks and strips and a naturally derived wax, a wax with some sugar infused or 'strip sugar paste'. Typically, people who can't master authentic sugaring will rely on this method to claim they are 'sugaring'. They are in fact "sugar waxing" and not doing authentic sugaring. Don't be fooled by imitations, get sugared!