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Oh Sugar! Your Questions Answered!

Updated: Nov 26, 2023


Sugaring is a type of hair removal, and like wax, removes hair from the root. It is because of this that these methods last longer than shaving! Unlike wax, sugar removes hair in the direction it grows, resulting in less breakage.

If you’d like to prep for summer, now is the time to start!!


Sugar is made from three ingredients: sugar, water and lemon juice! It is a clean alternative to some waxes. (Side note: I use a plant-based hard wax for the face!) Sugar exfoliates those extra skin cells of the stratum corneum (corneocytes that are ready to fall off) without damaging the skin underneath. That's a bonus!! This also means sugaring generally hurts less than most resin-based waxes.


NOW TO YOUR Q & A!

Does it hurt?

  • Yes, if I’m being honest. How much? That depends on your pain tolerance. I’ve had people nap during a leg sugar!

Are there any side effects?

  • You may experience redness, hives even, or itchiness. This is common. You can apply a cold compress to help allieviate these reactions.

How long does it last?

  • That depends. Many variables affect hair growth. It’s best to book every three to six weeks and maintain a schedule. If it is your first time sugaring, you may notice growth sooner than those who have been sugaring for awhile. When you shave, some hair may still be too short to get at your appointment.

What do I need to know before booking?

  • Make sure your hair is at least 1/4” long!

  • Don’t exfoliate or tan the day before, the day of, or the day after.

  • STOP use of any retinols or chemcial exfoliants (those aren't great for your skin anyway! But that's another post!)

  • Make sure you hydrate your skin!! The Dermaviduals Body lotion is a great choice to restore and replenish your skin barrier!

What can get sugared?

  • You can sugar your lip and brow, sideburns, bikini-line, legs, underarms, back!!

I have my period. Can I still get my bikini area line sugared?

  • Yes, but your skin could be more sensitive and it could hurt more than usual.

I’m pregnant, can I get sugared?

  • If your doctor gives you the ok, it’s fine. Just let your esthetician know!

I have body piercings, can I get sugared?

  • Yes. If you can remove them, it’s better. If not, hair around the piercing may not be removed, as the sugar paste cannot go over a piercing.

Is there anyone who should NOT get sugared?

  • Yes. If you are on accutane or taking antibiotcis, or undergoing chemotherapy or radiation or have any active skin infection, it is best to wait. These things can either leave your skin sensitive or, in the case of herpes or a MRSA for instance, can spread infection.

Of note: I use my plant-based wax on the face. I place a light layer of oil on your skin and the wax only grabs the hair. Sugaring is something I prefer for the body, as we can re-sugar an area and target tough-to-get hair. If you have any questions, please ask!

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