Sugaring Basics: Hair Removal That Exfoliates Your Skin

Sugar Fly is one of the only salons in the Chicago that offers Sugaring an all-natural and ancient form of hair removal. 

For almost five years, we have performed sugaring with the highest standards of quality. Many of our clients come in never having heard of sugaring, but after their first appointment, become sugaring converts after years of painful waxing or tedious shaving. With so many first timers, we do our best to educate our staff and first time clients about sugaring. Here we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

What is sugaring?

Sugaring is a safe, gentle and effective solution to hair extraction for all hair and skin types.  Our sugaring paste is made of an all natural formula consisting of water, sugar and lemon juice. It's even edible! 

Warm sugar paste is applied and molded to the unwanted hair. The paste adheres to the hair follicle and is removed in the natural direction of growth with a swift motion of a gloved hand.

What's the difference between waxing and sugaring?

Waxing uses a chemical based product. It removes hair against the natural direction of growth, causing unnecessary pain and breakage that results in ingrown hairs. Because of the harsh chemicals in wax, skin often becomes irritated and is prone to breakouts.

Sugaring removes the hair in the natural direction of hair growth and seeps down into the root to coat the follicle. There are no sticks or strips involved in the sugaring process. The sugar is firm and moldable, allowing the paste to remove the hair itself. Sugaring is performed at body temperature so the client does not run the risk of burns or blistering that can be associated with waxing. Waxing also removes a layer of live skin every time it is applied and removed. Our paste does not adhere to live skin cells and therefore can be performed on the same area repeatedly, while can wax can at most be reapplied twice. This allows sugaring to safely remove more unwanted hair.

Does it hurt?

The sensation of hair being pulled away from the skin will always be felt, therefore the discomfort experienced will depend on your personal tolerance for pain. The sensation will be stronger where the hair is denser. Overtime, there will be less sensitivity as the hair grows finer and the base of the hair follicle shrinks. Sugaring does evade unnecessary discomfort from burns, damage to live skin cells, and pulling against the hair grain.  

Please note that there will be more sensitivity if there has been caffeine or alcohol consumed or within a week of your menstrual cycle.

How long does the hair have to be?

We require the hair to be at least the length of a grain of rice. This is the perfect length for the sugar to adhere, allowing for a clean pull. Wait 2-3 weeks after shaving and 4-6 weeks after waxing.

How long does it last?

First time clients may experience some stubble within the first week or two of their appointment. That is because we are trying to get the client on a hair growth pattern. Once we have the client's hair all on the same growth pattern with regular sugaring, they can wait anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks in between appointments.

Can sugaring remove hair permanently?

Sugaring could reach permanency, although it would depend on several factors such as how often a client receives treatments, their hair type, and growth pattern. After a few treatments, hair may grow back in patches, which can be a sign of reaching permanency.

How much time between appointments? 

Hair grows at different rates. For best results, we recommend clients book their follow up appointments within 4 to 5 weeks to maintain a cleaner result and reduce the amount of discomfort. 

Will it get rid of my ingrown hairs?

Sugaring helps to reduce the amount of ingrown hairs because it seeps deep down to remove dead skin clogging the pore, therefore exposing the hair and removing it. With consecutive sugaring appointments and exfoliating regularly at home, the amount of ingrown hairs will drastically decrease.  

How do I prepare for an appointment?

For best results:

Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin build-up from the surface to allow for the sugar to adhere to the hair better

DO NOT exfoliate the day BEFORE/OF/AFTER your treatment

Please refrain from tanning or exercising 24 hours prior to treatment

Avoid treatment while on antibiotics or during menstrual cycle

Wear loose breathable clothing to appointment

Do not use razors or depilatory creams between treatments
to prevent irritation or chaffing.

What is the aftercare procedure?

We recommend:

Waiting 24 hours before exposing your skin to the sun or infrared lamps

Avoid applying makeup, fragrances soaps or products with chemical irritants on the treated area

Soak in dead sea salt to detoxify the skin and clean out the hair follicle

Use a weekly mud mask to pull out any impurities

Why can't I get a Brazilian while on my menstrual cycle?

We do not perform Brazilians during menstruation for sanitary reasons.  Unlike waxing, where strips are disposed of after each pull, the sugar is molded and re-used over the area until the treatment is complete and all hair has been removed. Using contaminated paste can spread bacteria and cause irritation. The use of tampons does not reduce the risk of contamination.

Tweet us @sugarflychicago with questions or call us at (773) 661-1541 to book an appointment. 

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