Its summer-time again! Shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits make their appearance. With the exposure of more skin and body hair, my clients are booking their sugaring hair removal appointments now. Its a popular spa service for obvious reasons. My clients have some excess hair they’d prefer not to have, whether its lip and chin, brows, bikinis, arms and underarms, neck, legs, etc.
Sugaring hair removal is a method of hair removal that has some similarities to waxing. Some distinct differences make sugaring a preferred method of hair removal.
Why I chose Sugaring over Waxing
In school, every New York aesthetician learns hair removal using wax. However, I’ve always been uncomfortable with the wax itself.
Although I was a very good waxer (graduated my program with high honors), the chemicals and high heat of even the highest quality waxes made me uncomfortable. Even waxes that say they’re “natural” are really composed of synthetic resins, petroleum based products, synthetic fragrances, toxic preservatives and more.
Most Brooklyn spas use strip waxes, because they're cheapest for the spa to use, both from a material and labor perspective. Strip waxing is when a hot wax is applied to your skin, a fabric strip is applied over the wax as it dries to a non-flexible consistency, then is ripped off. Ouch! Hopefully your skin isn't burned or even taken off with the wax - I've seen this too many times, and its never pretty.
Waxing and sensitive skins
About half of my clients have what they would describe as "sensitive skin". This could be for many reasons, including overuse of chemicals on skin, changes in hormones (pregnancy, peri-menopause, etc.), allergies, medications and illness.
High heat, aggressive stripping, and chemicals can make an already delicate situation precarious.
Benefits of Sugaring
I prefer sugaring hair removal because;
Sugaring paste is NOT HOT
It is only heated to the level of body temperature, so its never too hot. It is soft and pliable, so it smoothes onto skin easily and stays that way. This helps to avoid hyper-pigmentation, or brown marks that come from trauma to the skin.
Sugaring - no chemicals
Quality sugaring paste has no chemicals or additives, not even essential oils - its made of sugar, water and lemon, that’s it. Great for those who are sensitive-skinned, pregnant, or otherwise concerned about the effects of chemicals on the body.
Sugaring is gentler on skin
The reason why is twofold. Sugar paste does not stick to skin. Live cells are full of moisture, and because sugar is water soluble, it does not adhere to live skin cells like wax does. Secondly, when the sugaring paste is removed, it is removed in the direction that hair grows. Waxing pulls hair out in the opposite direction of growth, causing trauma to skin, pain and ingrowns. Sugaring clients report that pain is greatly reduced or nonexistent with sugaring methods.
Sugaring is more sanitary
Bacteria does not breed in sugar like it does in waxes - sugar itself is anti-bacterial in nature.
In waxing, sticks are used to dip into the wax pot and apply the wax to the skin. Many clients have witnessed "double-dipping", in other words, when the waxer uses the stick to apply wax to skin, then reuses the same stick to apply more wax. Sugaring doesn't use sticks and has no need for multiple applications of sugar paste, so no "double dipping" can occur. Only one scoop of wax per person is needed.
Sugaring can extract shorter hairs than waxing
This means that you don't have to wait a few weeks to remove hair, only 4 - 7 days. However, my sugaring clients notice that they can go longer between sugarings than waxing. Sugaring treatments during the anagen (beginning) phase of hair growth can reduce hair growth in general.
If you have any questions about sugaring, feel free to contact me at 917-596-9535 or firstname.lastname@example.org Appointments for sugaring hair removal can be made independently of massages and facials, so feel free to make an appointment any time.
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