ready–summer is around the corner. This means bathing suits, graduation
parties, barbecues, weddings and sundresses—an entire slew of events and attire
that require you to bare a bit more and look your best. And before panic sets
in, we offer this simple tip: Beauty prep by booking a threading or sugaring
appointment at your nearest spa.
Why Threading and Sugaring, You Ask?
the deal. We know Taylor Swift recently revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she shaves her legs every day (which
resulted in a minor Twitter eruption), but really, who has the time-slash-want for
shaving? Then there’s laser hair removal, which provides longer-lasting results
but isn’t necessarily budget friendly or recommended for everyone (pregnant
women and redheads come to mind). And waxing can be nowhere near ouch-less. So
if shaving, lasers or waxing aren’t for you, we advise turning to other
depilation methods that are just as popular. Read on as we get to the root of
these hair removal techniques.
Threading: Why It’s Popular
Threading utilizes one single piece of equipment: a very strong string. The
esthetician ropes unwanted hair with the thread and pulls it from the hair
follicle using a swift twisting, rolling motion. Estheticians typically use threading to
remove brow and facial hair.
- Threading is considered to be less painful than waxing (or even tweezing),
but remember, everybody’s pain tolerance is different. In our experience, it
depends upon your esthetician; while we don’t find threading to be particularly
painful, perhaps uncomfortable might be a better word.
- It’s a quick process (a definite plus).
- Precision—the process rids all unwanted hairs at once (even the
miniscule ones that are difficult to tweeze or that you [ugh] notice once your
wax appointment is over). The result: defined, beautifully shaped eyebrows or
elimination of unwanted facial hair.
- It’s hygienic. The thread is thrown out after each use. And, apart
from the cleaning product that may be swiped across your brows prior to
treatment, the only thing touching your skin? The string. Which is a good segue
to our next bullet point:
- Less chance of allergic reaction or irritation to the skin
Good to Know
- Threading takes skill so go to a trained esthetician only.
- You can typically go about four weeks between threading appointments.
- Threaded hair growth not only becomes finer over time, but it
- Aloe vera or rosewater are good antidotes should you experience
any redness following a threading appointment.
Sugaring: Why It’s Popular
Eastern waxing, or sugaring, is another age-old beauty method to eliminate unwelcome hair
(Cleopatra was said to be a fan). Rather than a piece of thread, the
esthetician uses a natural (yay!), sugary, sticky paste or gel to help you get
smooth. Sugaring can remove unwanted
hair on your face or body.
- The chemical-free and natural paste—a combo of sugar, water, lemon
juice (sometimes honey)—means it’s excellent for sensitive skin.
- Hair is removed at the root in the same direction that it grows
(therefore, less chance of annoying ingrown hairs).
- Hair becomes weaker and diminishes over time.
- Hygiene comes into play once again—unlike waxing treatments,
sugaring is devoid of double dipping in the wax pot.
- Simple clean up: Give the wax residue left behind from waxing
appointments the brush off—sugar paste is water soluble and easily wipes off.
- Results can last up to six weeks.
Good to Know
- Sugaring takes longer than a traditional wax, so ensure enough
time in your schedule.
- Is sugaring more painful than a traditional wax? The jury’s still
out on this one—some say yes, others say no.
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