I found myself in a predicament a week before my trip to Hawaii. To put it delicately, I looked somewhat like a cave-woman in my bikini bottoms. I’m not one to put myself through pain just to look a certain way, but I figured 12 days in a bikini justified doing something about my hair problem. Enter sugaring.
Like waxing, sugaring removes hair from all those places you don’t want it. But where waxing relies on hot wax and those little unassuming strips of paper, sugaring uses only three things: sugar, lemon and water. The ball of cool sugar is pressed against the natural direction of your hair, and then flicked off by the sugarist, taking the whole hair (root to tip) with it.
Persuaded as I am by “all-natural” anything, I decided to give it a go. More than just being natural, though, there’s no chance of getting burnt (like I have been with waxing) and sugaring is also supposed to be less painful.
I tiptoed into the sugaring studio and met with my very pleasant sugarist. She instructed me to take my bottoms off (gulp!) and lay down on the table. Under the glaring light, and with no warning, she got straight to work.
The first thing to understand about sugaring is that “less pain” does not mean “no pain.” This is a fact that I had eagerly glossed over. Sugaring hurts. A lot. I don’t know why I assumed ripping hair out of my lady parts wouldn’t hurt, but I’m here to warn everyone that it does. Be prepared.
The other thing to realize—and probably the most important thing—is that there is no way to make the experience unawkward. My sugarist gallantly carried on small talk through all of my squirming, writhing and squealing, but it wasn’t enough to block out that damn spotlight illuminating everything I usually like to keep hidden.
The whole thing only took about five minutes. Once I had my clothes back on and the redness in my cheeks had subsided, I started to think about my appointment rationally. The pain, my sugarist told me, is strongest during a person’s first visit — subsequent appointments would see a decrease in the stinging feeling. The results typically last three to four weeks (longer than waxing) so I didn’t need to worry about scheduling new appointments for a while either. And as for the awkwardness, my sugarist assured me that she’s already seen it all — nothing fazes her, and thus, shouldn’t faze her clients.
While that’s easier said than done, I’ve certainly enjoyed the results!
What do you guys think? Would you give sugaring a try?