Submitted by Shannon Gray
Owner/Operator of Sugar Me Right!
Body Sugaring for Self-Care
Body Sugaring has been around since Egyptian times, it’s not a new concept. Many people still have never heard of it. For those that are new to the idea or even new to the idea of hair removal let me provide you some information based on experience.
What exactly is this?
We use a Sugar Paste to provide the services but there are other options too. There is strip sugar and sugar wax as well. If you’re thinking actual sugar granules then you’re thinking of a scrub not hair removal. So what’s the difference you ask… let me tell you.
Strip sugar is very thin and requires cotton strips to remove it – it’s similar to waxing. Sugar wax has some form of wax in it and isn’t all natural. Sugar paste is more often than not an all natural product, meaning that you can actually eat it. The paste we use is made up of sugar, Lemon juice and water, and yes you can eat it.
What does it do?
Most people are familiar with waxing as a hair removal option. The question is – do you really know what it does? Ok, the basics most people know, you put it on and tear it off with a cotton strip, as seen on “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”? What was happening to this poor man? Well one thing I will tell you is his skin sure wasn’t happy with him when it was over. Wax removes the skin at the same time as the hair. Sugar does not do this, it’s water soluble and can’t adhere to live skin cells. It will only exfoliate the dead skin. While it is possible to over work the skin, it’s far less likely to damage it. But here’s the big difference in what’s happening… First, sugar will seep into the follicles and wrap around the hair helping with its removal. Then because we are removing the hair in the direction of growth there is less of a chance to break the hair off just below the skin’s surface. Now, should some hair break off above the surface we can go over the skin again and try to remove that hair. Waxing and strip sugar however, does not come off with the direction of the hair, increasing the chances of breakage. And strip sugar is not as precise as sugar paste.
Why should you do this regularly?
Over time of consistent hair removal, you should see a reduction in regrowth that can lead to permanency. What does this mean for you? Well most body parts are due for re-removal in 3 weeks time. Why is this important? Because we always want the hair to be in the first growth stage so it is reducing. Wax generally has you go for a longer growth time, of up to 6 weeks or a 1/2 inch of regrowth. The hair is dormant now and likely there is already a new hair growing.
Professional vs Home Use.
As far as the product goes, I haven’t found a product on the market in 7 years that will do as well at home as what a professional sugaring product will do. There was once a great home product. I would also like to point out that with someone being able to see the skin and hair and direction of growth head on rather than bending and twisting body parts, more hair can be removed more effectively. We actually call this the fine art of professional body sugaring, there is a skill and talent that goes into sugaring. If your Sugarist isn’t treating it like it’s art then you may want to consider a new Sugarist.Shannon Gray