Sugaring, the latest hair removal treatmentBetween razor rash and ingrown hairs, getting bikini ready can be painful and irritating. But Studio South at 4551 South Washington Street in Grand Forks offers an alternative to shaving and traditional waxing that is a little more sensitive to the skin.
By: Jasmine Maki, Grand Forks Herald
Between razor rash and ingrown hairs, getting bikini ready can be painful and irritating. But Studio South at 4551 South Washington Street in Grand Forks offers an alternative to shaving and traditional waxing that is a little more sensitive to the skin.
With an all-natural mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water, sugaring is the latest hair removal treatment.
Courtney Gustafson, a beautician at Studio South, went to Montana in November for training on the treatment. She’s one of very few beauticians in Grand Forks who offer sugaring hair removal. She said the treatment is really popular in Canada and on the coasts, but the trend hasn’t quite hit the Midwest yet.
“I want to say it’s completely different (than waxing), but it’s not,” Gustafson said.
Like waxing, sugaring removes hair by pulling it out at the roots. But that’s where the similarities end. With sugaring, there isn’t a strip involved. It’s just the sugar base, which is applied to the skin and pulled off in the direction of the hair.
“It looks like honey, but its consistency is more like molasses. It’s real thick,” said Bobbi Mikl of Grand Forks, who Gustafson tested it on when she started sugaring.
The sugar mixture plays off of body temperature, becoming liquidized as it warms and seeps into the pores, grabbing the hair at the head.
Better than waxing
Unlike waxing, the sugar is pulled off in the direction of hair growth, so it causes less pain, inflammation and redness.
The new treatment is also quicker. For Mikl, who gets a Brazilian wax, it takes about a half hour compared to the 45 minutes or hour for traditional waxing.
Mikl gets the treatment done about every four weeks at Studio South and said it lasts almost the entire month. She has been waxing since she was a teenager, but said she likes the new treatment a lot better.
“It’s not half as painful. I don’t get near as many ingrown hairs,” Mikl said. “If people have had a painful experience with the old school waxing, this would be something to try, even if they just do a leg or bikini line.”
Gustafson already has about 20 to 25 clients who have tried the sugaring treatment. She said she likes it better because she doesn’t have to worry about cross contamination or burning someone, and it’s not as painful for her clients.
Although the mixture is made of all-natural, easily obtainable ingredients, Gustafson said it can’t be made at home or found in local stores. She orders the product through Alexandria Professionals, the company that provided the training.
Gustafson said unlike waxing, sugaring is something you should never try without training. The treatment costs $65 for a Brazilian, $25 for underarms, $50 to $85 for legs, $35 for bikini line, $15 for eye brows and $12 for lip.
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