FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: SUGARING

 

 

What is sugaring? Sugaring hair removal, is an ancient middle-eastern practice that uses an all-natural paste made from food-derived ingredients to remove the hair follicle from the root. The paste, used at body temperature, is applied first in the opposite direction of hair growth using the hands. It's then flicked off in the in the direction of hair growth removing the hair.

Why should I sugar instead of wax? Sugar paste is completely natural, made of only sugar, water, and lemon juice.  Since sugar dissolves in water, the sugar paste cannot stick to live skin cells. It will only remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin less red and irritated than from waxing. This also means that clients can leave clean without any sticky residue.  

There is less breakage of the hair. Therefore, there’s less chance of ingrown hairs. Sugar is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth allowing it to melt into the hair follicle and then be flicked off in the direction of growth so that the hair can easily slide out of the follicle. 

Hair only needs to be about 1/8” long to be removed.  This is usually about 1-2 weeks’ worth of growth for most people. Compared to wax which needs to be at least ¼” long before being removed. 

The paste works at body temperature, meaning there is no risk of burning. 

Sugaring is completely sanitary. There is no double dipping in the pot. Sugar also does not breed bacteria like wax does.

Will it hurt? Okay, it's still pulling out hair from the root, but most people find it less painful than waxing. Sugaring doesn't adhere to the skin like wax, which means less irritation. The upper lip, chest, bikini and genital areas rank as the highest pain offenders. The discomfort is less because hair is removed in the natural direction of its growth (as opposed to waxing, which removes hair against hair growth).

When should I avoid sugaring? If you currently have an infectious or contagious disease. If you are currently taking any type of steroid such as prednisone. If you are currently or have taken Accutane in the past 6 months. If you are currently using Retinols such as Retin A, Renova, Differin, Tretinoin, etc. we cannot sugar the area in which you are using such medications but might be able to sugar other areas.

How should I prepare for my treatment? Do not expose the area to be sugared to sun for 24 hours prior to your appointment. Ensure that the area to be sugared is clean of any excess oils, lotion, deodorant, perfumes, etc. Between treatments keep your skin exfoliated and hydrated.  Never use a razor, tweezers, or depilatory creams. If you are pain sensitive you may take Tylenol or ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

How often will I need to be sugared? Typically you can go 4-5 weeks between treatments.  It really does vary on each individuals hair growth patterns and which body part is being treated.  Your esthetician will discuss with you what might be best for your individual needs. We do offer maintenance prices for several of our treatments if you return within five weeks or less.

Do I need to do anything specific after sugaring? For 12-24 hours after the service avoid touching, exercising, baths, hot tubs, and tanning. Showering is okay. After the first 48 hours, exfoliate every 2-3 days to prevent ingrown hairs.  Moisturize your skin every day. Do not shave or tweeze between appointments