Looking for new ways of waxing? Our beauty writer heads to the Bukit Timah beauty salon and puts its organic, all-natural hair removal method to the test
I’ve tried every kind of hair removal available in Singapore (and known to [wo]mankind). Threading, tweezing, IPL, waxing… you name it, I’ve done it all. Or at least, I thought I did. So when I first heard about sugaring, I was admittedly sceptical. To a seasoned waxee like myself, the supposedly all-natural, organic method didn’t sound like anything new. Plenty of beauty salons in Singapore claim to use sugar paste in their wax – what makes Sugar(ed) different? Boy was I surprised.
When I first stepped into Sugar(ed)’s breezy studio, founder Jasmine offered me a taste of the sugar paste straight out of the tub. The paste is 100% natural, organic and obviously edible – it’s made up of sugar, lemon juice and water. Nasty chemicals in sensitive areas? A thing of the past.
Plus, sugaring doesn’t involve your usual wooden applicators. Because of the paste’s consistency, no strips or applicators are needed – no worries about double dipping here. Here’s how it works: The ball of sugar paste is moulded to your skin’s curves and against the direction of hair growth. Hair is then removed according to the direction of hair growth, resulting in less breakage and fewer ingrown hairs (hallelujah!).
We began with my shaven-to-death pins. Years of attacking them with a razor left them rough and bristly, and my (ahem) laziness to moisturise them meant dry skin. Here’s one of the reasons why sugaring is so favourable: Aside from removing hair, it gets rid of dead skin cells, leaving skin baby soft and smooth. After working on my right leg, we compared it to the left. With dead skin cells removed, the freshly sugared one looked a shade or two lighter.
15 minutes later, we were done with both my legs and stomach. It was painless so far, but the real test would be the Brazilian. With sugaring, hair is removed from the follicle, so don’t expect your treatment to be completely painless. Tip: With regular sessions, hair follicles weaken and will be more easily (and less painfully) removed over time.
I took a two month break off my regular waxing routine which, as regular waxers know, is a big no-no as your next appointment will likely be a more painful one. With the sugar paste being applied at room temperature (instead of the usual scaldingly hot), the treatment was a lot less painful than my average b-wax sesh. Major shoutout to Jasmine, who kept me distracted throughout – we exchanged funny anecdotes and chatted about her business. It’s great news for first-timers – Sugar(ed)’s therapists will quickly and effortlessly put you at ease.
After my treatment, Jasmine guided me through post-appointment care. Much like waxing, avoid exercise, heat, scented creams and perfumes for 24 hours and be sure to begin exfoliating three days after. I left the studio happy and hairless.
Over a week later, the results are still incredible. My skin still remains fuzz-free and smooth, and I faced zero irritation or lasting redness after the treatment. There’s no question as to which hair removal I’d choose now for my Brazilians.
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Sugar(ed), Second Avenue Junction,#02-02, 733 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269748.