Where Melbourne comes for professional Sugaring Hair Removal
Sugaring hair removal or Sugar Waxing is an antique method of hair removal dating back to 1900BC.
It involves the use of a sugar paste (made of sugar, lemon and water) that is applied to the area with the hand. The paste is spread against the hair growth and pulled in the direction of the hair growth.
The sugar paste sips into the follicle lubricating the hair. This helps remove the hair from the root with less breakage than with traditional waxing.
Because the hair is pulled it the same direction of the hair growth, it is less painful than waxing and there are less ingrowns. The Body Sugaring technique also helps debilitate the hair follicle and overtime it results in finer, sparser regrowth.
We use Alexandria Professional®. The people of Alexandria Professional have developed a unique and innovative process called “Advanced Body Sugaring”. It includes the ‘Lina Kennedy‘ technique which gives the therapist the training and tools required to provide the best hair removal results.
Alexandria Professional has also developed a range of body skin care products for use at home. Used regularly and in conjunction with sugaring, leads to permanent hair reduction as well as a healthier and vibrant skin.
Sugaring Hair Removal vs Waxing
- Wax is made from resins and it adheres to the skin cells causing irritation to the skin. Sugar is water soluble and it will not stick to live skin cells. Therefore when it is removed, it only gently exfoliates dead skin cells.
- It is easy to clean and can be removed with water. Wax leaves a sticky, oily residue that can be messy.
- Sugaring epilation removes hair in the direction of hair growth. This facilitates the removal of the complete hair with root and sheath. It reduces pain, discomfort, and breakage. As a bonus, little or no breakage means less ingrown hairs.
- It is 100% natural and eco friendly, made with sugar, water and lemon. Wax is made of petroleum based resins and chemicals which can be harsh on the skin.
- Sugaring hair removal lubricates the hair follicles by penetrating into the mouth of the follicle and wrapping itself around the hair shaft. This results in a gentler extraction with less trauma to the skin.
- Because with sugaring all hair grow back in unison, regular treatment helps collapse the follicle wall. This leads to refinement and permanent hair reduction.
- It is antibacterial because bacteria is unable to grow in high concentrations of sugar.
- Sugaring is safe to use on varicose and spider veins.
- Sugaring hair removal is safe on skin with psoriasis or eczema conditions because it gently exfoliates the dead skin cells.
- Is 100% free from cross contamination. There is no need of dipping into the sugar more than once. Disposable gloves are always used.
- Sugaring hair removal is 100% fragrance free reducing the risk of allergic reactions.
- It is applied at room temperature, so there is no risk of burning the skin.
- Penetrates deep into the hair follicle, unclogging pores, lifting out debris and dead cells. It gives you a great exfoliation.
Before your Sugaring treatment
- Do not exfoliate the skin on the day of your treatment. Sugaring will do that for you.
- The ideal hair length is about 5-7mm. With sugaring it is possible to extract shorter hairs, up to 1.5mm. However if the hairs are tough, 1.5mm would require multiple passes before it comes out. Sugaring is very gentle and allows multiple tries, however we can only offer this kind of service for a few hairs in small areas, such as the face. If, let’s say, the hairs on your legs are all at different stages, some long, some very short and they are strong terminal hairs many of the 1.5 – 2mm ones may remain. Removing them would make the treatment a 2.5+ hours affair, rather than the 45 min to 1 hour that it normally takes.
- If you have not waxed, shaved or sugard in a long time or this is your first time and your hairs are very long it is recommended that you trim them to 5-6mm before you come. If the hairs are too long the treatment can be a bit painful. You see, when the sugar paste is spread on the skin it is done against hair growth. The therapist needs to apply a bit of pressure on the skin to ensure a thorough coverage. If you have long hairs they will be dragged and cause some pain.
- Avoid exposure to the sun and sunburn in the area to be treated.
- If you want to have Sugaring and spray tanning you should schedule your sugaring appointment at least 24 hours before your spray tan. Because your pores remain open for some hours after the hair extraction, the spray tan will leave small dark dots inside your pores that may look like stubble.
Post Treatment Advice
- We recommend waiting 24 hours before exposing the skin to the sun or infra-red lamps.
- Avoid direct heat such as hot baths, sun-beds and sunbathing after the treatment.
- Skin must not be rubbed or scratched after treatment.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting garments immediately following the treatment.
- Do not exercise or visit a swimming pool immediately after treatment. Your pores will be open and your skin will get irritated.
- Avoid perfumed soaps or products with chemical irritants and makeup for 12 hours. You can use mineral makeup.
- Following your treatment, your therapist will apply Essential Tonic to reduce inflammation and calm the skin. Restore Hydrating Lotion will then be applied to hydrate the skin.
- To keep your skin in optimal condition we recommend you to moisturise your skin every day, starting from the day after the treatment. Exfoliate once a week.
- If you are looking to obtain permanent hair thinning and reduction we recommend you to use Alexandria Professional full cycle system. It combines body products with sugaring every 2-3 weeks.
Redness & Itchy Skin after a treatment
Due to excessive blood flow to the treated areas, some client’s skin will look pink and feel hot and/or itchy immediately after sugaring hair removal. Others may take a longer time to react, or not react at all. These reactions are normal and in most cases the reaction will disappear within an hour.
Although very rare, it is possible to experience a histamine reaction, specially if you have never sugared or waxed before. A histamine reaction manifests itself as a breakout with little red pimples, sometimes with a white tip. These reactions most commonly occur in the upper lip, bikini area, and male chest.
The body is reacting to the hairs being pulled out. It perceives the hair removal as a threat. The immune system springs into action producing histamine, much like an allergic reaction. It is a defence mechanism to the irritation caused by lots of hairs being pulled out at the same time. This kind of reaction may take 2-4 days to clear. You can ask your chemist for a suitable anti-histamine prescription.
We apply Injabulo to the lip area to prevent any reaction. Injabulo is a unique African ointment that contains: Butyrospermum Parkii, menthol, carapa procera, calotropis procera. Injabulo soothes the skin, reducing inflammation and the likelihood of a reaction.
We also offer a Hungarian Mud masque as an add-on treatment. This mud mask have anti-inflammatory properties and it is great for soothing the skin after hair extraction. If you know that your skin is sensitive and has a tendency to histamine reaction, and would like to add the Hungarian Mud masque, please let us know when you book your appointment. The cost of the masque will depend on the area being treated.
Alexandria Professional Sugaring is like an art, not everybody can do it. It requires attention to detail, following of the technique and lots of practice. Very few salons offer sugaring because of this. We service a great portion of Melbourne South Easter suburbs: Ashwood, Hawthorn, Malvern, Malvern East, Burwood, Burwood East, Box Hill, Surrey Hills, Glen Iris, Ashwood, Chadstone, Caulfield East, Carnegie, Camberwell, Hawthorn East, Balwyn, Oakleigh, St Kilda, Melbourne.
A bit of History
Many of us like to think that hair removal is a modern fad, brought about by marketing and beautiful models. However, there is historical evidence that hair removal has been around since cavemen times.
Possibly cavemen removed their hair to have less mites. Also, long hair can be a disadvantage in body combat because it gives the enemy something to grab on. Group leaders, much like in animal packs, may have been subjected to frequent challenges from other males in their group. Cavemen would have used a sharpened piece of flint (stone) to shave their head and beards.
The Egyptians are probably the fore runners of modern hair removal. Both men and women used a variety of methods to remove all of their body hair. They even removed all the hair in their heads, substituting it by an elaborate headpiece or wig. They shaved using bronze blades and sharpened stones. They used tweezers made out of two shells and pumice stones to rub off the hair. They also used bees wax to wax their hair and of course, Sugaring. The earliest form of Sugaring hair removal would have used honey instead of sugar.
In the Middle East they invented threading, it was used much the same way as we use it today: A piece of cotton thread is used to encircle the hair and pull it out from the root.
Romans and Greeks were also fond hairless skin. They shaved using metal or stone utensils and pluck their hair using tweezers. They also used early depilatory creams that would dissolve the hair above the skin. These creams were usually made of arsenic trisulphide, quicklime and starch. In some they used ammonia derived from cat pee.
A hairless body was often associated with social status, cleanliness and in some cultures with religious traditions.
In Europe during the middle ages people didn’t remove any of their body hair, however they used tweezers to trim eyebrows and remove excess hair from their faces. Queen Elizabetht the first made it trendy to remove the eyebrows and hair from the forehead to elongate the face. The used bandages soaked in ammonia and vinegar or walnut oil to eliminate the hair.
In 1760 a French barber called Jean Jacques Perret invented the first safety razor. Over 100 years later, in 1880, King Camp Gillette invented the first modern razor. But it was not until 1915 that the first women’s razor came about. Many depilatory creams also hit the market at this time.
In 1875 Doctor Charles Michel invented Electrolysis for medical use. The first commercial hair removal Electrolysis machines appeared in the 1900’s. In Electrolysis a thin needle is inserted inside the follicle. A current is transmitted through the needle to the root of the hair causing a chemical reaction that permanently destroys the follicle. Because each hair has to be treated individually, it is a very lengthy procedure. However it has the advantage to work in all hair and skin colours.
The 1930’s saw the invention of the first electric razor for men, shortly followed by a lady’s one. Due to a shortage of pantihose during wartime shaving and depilatory creams became very popular with a great variety of products and designs.
The first commercial waxes were manufactured in France in the 1930’s, however it was not until the sixties that waxing became popular.
IPL hair removal was discovered in the nineties. IPL machines were already in use to treat skin conditions when doctors discovered that they also led to permanent hair reduction. Immediately they became very popular. Lasers followed suit and today more effective machines hit the market every year.