Body sugaring is a method of hair removal that has been used for centuries in the Middle East.
The sugar extracts the entire hair from the follicle in the natural direction of hair growth. Increasingly, women are turned away from waxing because of the pain, fear of chemicals, as well as the damage to the skin. Sugaring is extremely effective without the negative side effect of waxing. It is formulated to stick on the hair rather than the skin, so that the hair can slide out painlessly. Sugaring is naturally anti-bacterial. It can be easily removed from clothing and other surfaces with plain water due to its water-solubility. Sugar draws moisture from the environment and transfers it into the skin. It can break down the glue that bonds skin cells together, encourage cell turnover and generate fresher younger looking skin. This method of hair removal is extremely hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin. With no artificial colors or preservatives, it is the most natural hair removal method available.
The History of Sugaring
Sugaring is an ancient Arabic art of hair removal.
Sugaring has been practiced in parts North and East Africa for hundreds of years, even Cleopatra is purported to have used this method! They found it much easier to keep personal hygiene levels high in their hot climate if they removed their pubic and underarm hairs. This left them feeling smooth, clean and healthy.
Nabila (known as Nina) was born in Jordan, and emigrated to the United States when she was 15 with her family. She says that she used to watch her grandmother make the sugaring when she was a kid. Her grandmother has sugared all her life to the point where she barely had any hair on her body, but she continued to use sugaring to exfoliate her body with it.
Nabila is a Licensed Esthetician, Certified Sugarist, and has been in the industry for 15 years. She got part of her education at Tanaz Salon, and has now become a full time Sugarist. Sugaring is her passion. Nabila has been sugaring her friends for years. Even though Nabila knew how to sugar, she needed to be certified so she received her certificate in NY in order to start her own business.
Nabila likes to make her own sugar paste as it ensures the quality meets her clients' high standards. It also means excess chemicals are not added to the paste, for a clean and safe sugaring experience.
Nabila is highly experienced in all forms of sugaring, with Brazilian sugaring being her speciality. About 95% of the work completed here is for Brazilian sugaring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - How long does an appointment last?
A – The length of appointment depends on the area of hair-removal; for repeat clients it can take 7-10 minutes and 20 minutes for new clients.
Q - How long does the hair have to be before it can be
A – Hair should be about a quarter of an inch long so the sugar paste is able to bind to the hair and pull it out at the root. Stop shaving 10 days prior to your appointment.
Q - How does sugaring work?
A – Sugaring is a warm thick paste that looks like honey. It is applied first in the opposite direction of the hair growth using the hands (with gloves), and then flicked off in the direction of hair growth.
Q – Does sugaring hurt?
A - Yes, it does. It depends on your day, if you’re stressed out, if you’re getting your period in a day or two after and if the hair is too long. Any time you extract hair out of the root, it’s going to hurt, especially for a first-time client. If you continue doing it every four weeks, it gets less and less painful because the hair is shorter and does not have a lot of hair growth.
Q – How long between treatments should I wait?
A – You should wait about 3 to 4 weeks between treatments.
Q – How do I prepare for my sugaring appointment?
A – Arrive with clean skin, free of lotion, deodorant, or oils and wear loose comfortable clothing. For men, bring a clean white shirt to put on after the treatment.
Q – Is sugaring safe for teenagers?
A – Sugaring is absolutely safe for teenagers. Removing the hair follicle when it's in a development stage leads to less growth of hair when it is done frequently.
Q – When should I avoid sugaring?
A - Sugaring should be avoided in areas that are being treated with any topical retinoid product such as retin-A, differin, or tazorac.
Q – Is sugar paste hygienic?
A – Yes, sugar paste consists of sugar, lemon juice and water. Bacteria does not breed in high concentrates of sugar, making sugar paste a hygienic choice.
Q – What if I have my period the day of my appointment?
A – Please try to avoid timing your appointments with your cycle as you may be more sensitive at this time.
Q – Can men also get sugaring done if they have a lot of hair on their back?
A – Yes, they can.
Q – Why should I try sugaring instead of waxing?
A – Sugaring is 100 % natural and edible, it eliminates ingrown hairs, improves skin tone and texture, it doesn't damage or burn skin, it doesn’t promote cross contamination, it is safe on facial hair, leaves behind no resins, and over time sugaring can cause the hair follicles to become damaged and stop growing. Sugaring can treat various skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Also, sugaring doesn't stick on skin as much as waxing which means less irritation and it gently exfoliates the skin, leaving behind a smooth silky skin.
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