Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Sugaring will remove hair by the root, so you will feel the pinch of the root bulb separating from the nerve. However, the paste does not adhere to the skin, and generally hurts much less than other forms of hair removal, some clients says as little as half the discomfort waxing. The first service always hurts the worst, and keeping to a regular schedule really makes a difference. Sugaring on a regular schedule means that the roots are smaller, and the density of your hair diminishes, resulting in more pleasant, smoother services.
Mental distraction does wonders during a service like this. Chatting, reading, checking your email, playing on a smartphone or even just chewing gum seems to help. A little preparation in the hours before your service can go a long way as well; work out if you do, eat a snack to calm your blood sugar, and avoid caffeine and other nervous system stimulants for the same reason.
Q: What is a Brazilian / Hollywood vs an Extended Bikini / Californian ?
A: The brazilian services removes all of the pubic hair. This is includes the labia and anal region for women, and the penis, scrotum and anal regions for men. An Extended Bikini or Californian removes hair from all other areas but the labia or scrotum. As with any service you can remove as much or as little hair as you’d like with in the serviced area.
Q: What if I am sugaring in preparation for a special occasion or event?
A: While beginning sugaring is great for your skin anytime, there is always going to be some transitional period between shaving and sugaring so starting sooner than later is a good idea. Hair grows in three stages, each lasting three to four weeks and because of this we recommend that you try to have three services before your event. Ideally this would having you coming in three months prior to the event if possible in order to get a clear idea of what to expect from the service and your skin. To find your ideal sugaring schedule, look about 9-12 weeks ahead of your special event and schedule an appointment every 3-4 weeks.
Q: Any reasons why I shouldn’t sugar?
A: If you’re currently using or have used Retin products like Retin-A, Renova, or Vitamin A products like Roaccutane, Tazorac or Differin within the last six months you may want to avoid hair removal processes in general as your skin may be sensitive and more likely to have irritation. Call into the studio or your prescribing physician directly if you have questions about these products or would like to discuss any similar medications you may be using.
Q: I have eczema / psoriasis. Is sugaring suitable for me?
A: Yes it is. Sugaring is suitable for all skin types. In fact, a lot of my clients with eczema or psoriasis have sugaring treatments for the skin conditioning benefits alone; the gentle exfoliation and natural healing. Unlike other methods of hair removal, it will not cause further irritation to the skin
Q: How does sugaring help with prevention of ingrown hairs?
A: Sugaring is a skin conditioning treatment. It not only removes the hair in the natural direction of growth (reducing the amount of breakage), it also removes any dead skin cells that may be causing follicle blockages. As sugar seeps into the skin, it has the ability to clear out the follicle of dead skin cells as well.
Q: I’m a minor; can I be sugared?
A: Any client under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the client release form. The parent or guardian must present valid and relevant ID, and must remain on the premises during any bikini services. Please be aware that sugaring is considered a semi-permanent form of hair removal. Brazilian services are not available for minors.
Q: I am in transition, is sugaring suitable for me?
A: Yes, the Sugarist is an inclusive space where clients in transition are welcome. Bikini and other services are non-gendered, however some services like legs and arms may have different pricing based on physical factors. Likewise most male bodied beards can not be sugared before hormone therapy.
Q: I am pregnant, can I sugar?