Frequently Asked Questions about Sugaring

I've never been sugared.  What can I expect?

First the skin will be cleansed and powdered using an all natural product line.  The sugar paste looks like soft taffy and is warmed to body temperature.  It is applied to the skin against the natural direction of hair growth using a gloved hand and then quickly peeled off along with the hairs.  
After sugaring, you will be given a warm cloth to remove any sugar that may be on your skin.  Then a spray containing Witch Hazel, Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula and Rose will be sprayed on the treated area to soothe the skin, prevent bacteria from entering the pores and prevent ingrown hairs. Finally, a choice of Body Lotion will be offered to protect the skin and prevent moisture loss. They contains tea tree oil as an anti-bacterial.

How often should I sugar?

For the smoothest results, you should sugar regularly (anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks depending on the area being sugared and how fast your hair grows) and avoid shaving or using depilatories. After the first sugaring, it is most beneficial if the hair is sugared at two week intervals for a period of six weeks in order to remove hairs that are still in the first stage of growth (anagen) as this will lead to permanent hair removal.  As you continue sugaring, fewer hairs will grow back, the hair will be finer and eventually the time period between sugarings can be lengthened.

Is there any reason that I shouldn't sugar?

There are some good reasons why sometimes you shouldn't sugar.  For example, if you have been taking Accutane, Retin-A, or any other skin thinning acne medications, you should not sugar for a period of at least three months after discontinuing the medication.  
If you are using Retinol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Fruit Acids, topical Vitamin C products, have a sunburn or have undergone a heavy peel in the last week, you should not be sugared.  
Additionally, although it is safe to sugar, be advised that if you are pregnant or are  within 3 days of your menstrual cycle, you may feel an increase in discomfort, particularly in the pubic area.

Does sugaring hurt?

Sugaring hurts less than waxing because wax adheres to live skin whereas sugar does not so there's less pulling on the skin when the sugar is removed as compared to waxing.  But all hair removal at the root hurts to some degree.  How much it hurts will depend on the area being sugared, how dense the hair is in that area, how large the hair roots are, and how sensitive you are to pain.
However, the wonderful thing about sugaring is that if you sugar regularly, after the first sugaring the pain will decrease substantially with each subsequent sugaring.  This is because the size of the hair roots shrink and fewer hairs grow back.  
If you are worried about the pain in more sensitive areas such as underarms, chest and pubic area, you can take a pain reliever 30 mins before your appointment.  Or try applying a numbing cream or spray containing 5% Lidocaine and/or Prilocaine to the treatment area about 30 mins before your appointment in order to slightly numb the skin.  (Ensure the product moistens your skin, not just your hair.)  But not everyone's skin is numbed by these ingredients.  If you find during your appointment that the discomfort is too much and you don't wish to continue, then we will stop.  

How long does my hair need to be in order to be sugared?

The best length is 1/4"-3/8".  That length allows the sugar to coat the hair while ensuring that the hair is not so long that it gets painfully tugged as the sugar is being applied.  Hair longer than 3/4" will be particularly painful to sugar and may incur an additional charge for the extra time and product required in order to remove the hair.   
If you have been shaving or using a depilatory during the past two months, please be advised that due to the uneven hair growth pattern cause by these removal methods, sugaring (or waxing) will not remove all of the hairs that are 1/8" or less in length, and within a week of sugaring (or waxing) the next layer of hair that was already growing just below the skin surface will push through creating a stubbly feeling.  
Therefore, it is advisable to grow your hair out for at least 8 weeks before sugaring, otherwise you may not be happy with the results (this is particularly true if the area being treated is the pubic area).  And never shave or use depilatories between sugaring appointments as this will create the same stubbly problem.

Will I get ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs occur because dead skin cells are allowed to cover the opening of the follicle.  When the hair finally does grow back, the follicle opening is covered and the hair is trapped under the skin.  To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you gently exfoliate the treated area two or three times a week for six weeks following your sugaring as the hair is growing back in. This can be done with a loofah, a shower brush, or even a rough wash cloth.  Do not exfoliate daily.  Addirionally, moisturizing your skin will help soften it so that the new hairs can reach the surface.

How painful are Brazilians?

The first time hair is removed from any area of the body is always the highest level of discomfort.  The next time is much easier. This is definitely a sensitive area to be removing hair from, however, there are ways to obtain a Brazilian with less pain.  
At Lendrum Sugaring I remove the hair in small sections so there is never a major ouch as there can be if a large waxing strip is pulled off.  And there is always the option of trying an Extended Bikini the first time and a Brazilian the next time.  This allows you to have half the hair removed during the Extended Bikini sugaring and the rest during the Brazilian so any discomfort is divided into two different appointments.    
Remember, the first time is the worst time.  After that the discomfort is substantially less because less hair grows back and it is of a finer texture which makes it easier to remove.  If you're worried about the pain you can take a pain reliever 30 mins before your appointment.  Or try applying a numbing cream or spray containing 5% Lidocaine and/or Prilocaine to the treatment area about 30 mins before your appointment in order to slightly numb the skin.  (Ensure the product moistens your skin, not just your hair.)  But not everyone's skin is numbed by these ingredients.

Are there pre or post treatment instructions I should know about?

In the 24 hours prior to your appointment, please do not exfoliate the treatment area or apply any creams, oils, or lotions to the area.
As the hair follicles will be open for up to 24 hours after treatment, in order to minimize risk of infection, please avoid the following activities during this 24 hr period:  Sex, Swimming, Hot Tubs/Baths, Saunas, Sweating, Work Outs or anything that might introduce bacteria into the hair follicles.  
Also, to avoid irritating the treated area, please do not use soap or apply anything containing artificial ingredients on the treated area for 24 hours after treatment and do not exfoliate the treated area for 48 hours.  
Tiny red dots or bumps can appear on the skin where hairs were removed.  These usually disappear within 24 hours.  If a hair follicle is very large, a drop of blood may appear during sugaring.
48 hrs after hair removal it is recommended that you begin gently exfoliating every 2-3 days in order to ensure you do not get ingrown hairs.  Ingrown hairs often look like either a red pimple or there may be no redness but you can see the hair growing just under the surface of the skin.

If you have any other questions, please contact me and I will answer as soon as possible.
Thank you, Monika

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