Body Sugaring 411
What is Body Sugaring?
Body sugaring is an ancient Egyptian method of hair removal using a 100% natural paste of sugar, lemon and water. Our freehand method is safe and hygienic for all skin types as the sugar paste is never re-used and we will only ever put a clean implement into the jar of paste.
Your technician will apply the sugar paste by hand against your hair growth so that when the hair is removed in a flicking motion it’s pulled out by the follicle in the direction of hair growth. This drastically reduces the occurrence of hair breakage, painful ingrown hairs, and also allows us to remove smaller, harder to grab hairs.
Pre and Post Sugar Care
Sugar paste is safe for all skin types, even the most sensitive! Since the sugar never adheres to live skin cells, only the dead cells will be removed acting as a gentle exfoliation, which is why we ask that you not exfoliate your skin the day before your service. You should also avoid using any creams or lotions on the day of your appointment.
Between sugaring appointments it’s important to keep the sugared areas exfoliated and moisturized, although exfoliation should not be done until 24 hours after sugaring. Ask your technician what exfoliation and moisturizing system would be best for you.
Things to avoid after your appointment:
- Scented creams/lotions
- Deodorant if you had your underarms sugared
- Heat, such as baths/steam rooms
- Direct sunlight or tanning beds
- Perspiration. Let this be your excuse to skip going to the gym!
Q: What is the difference between bikini, g string, and brazilian?
A: For a bikini, we’ll clean up just the sides and top of your bikini line, anything that would show while wearing a bathing suit. For a G String the sides and top, as with the bikini, but the thing that makes it different is that we’ll also do the back, in essence we’ll remove any hair that might peak out if you’re wearing a thong. A Brazilian is the removal of all pubic hair, although if you like, we can leave a strip of hair.
Q: What is Bling Your Thing!?
A: Bling Your Thing!, vajazzling, or crystaling, is a new process made very popular and very public largely by actress Jenifer Love Hewitt. We can adorn your most intimate of spots with small Swarovski Crystals with an adhesive back. You can choose from a selection of designs that are pre arranged, or if you’d rather we can sparkle you up with someone’s initial, or a heart, or something special of your choosing. The adhesive is safe for all skin types and all body parts and can last up to one week if you’re careful. Come in to take a look at the different styles and colours.
Q: I am prone to ingrowns, what can I do to help this?
A: There are a few basic things you can do to reduce and get rid of ingrown hairs. First a foremost, exfoliate! Using a natural bristle body brush, exfoliating cloth or brush, or body scrub two to three times per week you’ll keep dead skin cells from trapping new hair growth under your skin. The second step is to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. A good rule of thumb is, whenever your skin gets wet (after every shower or bath) moisturize.
If you find your ingrown are painful and pustoulous, add an antibacterial ingredient to disinfect and help draw out the bacteria. Ask about Finipil to help with ingrown in sensitive areas.
Q: How long should my hair be?
A: For best results your hair should be a quarter of an inch long.
Q: Will it hurt as much as waxing?
A: Most people find that body sugaring hurts less than waxing, but it all depends on your own pain tolerance.
Q: How long should I wait between appointments?
A: For most services we recommend coming in every four to six weeks in order to have as much hair as possible growing at the same time. Timing may vary depending on your growth cycle and how long you’ve been sugaring. Ask your technician for their recommendation on your next visit.
Q: My skin was bumpy and itchy after my appointment, is this normal?
A: Slight irritation is completely normal and should disappear within 24 hours. If you experience hives you can try taking an antihistamine. You can also apply a cold compress to the irritated area or use a soothing cream to alleviate the redness.