What is it and how does it work?
Body sugaring is the ancient art of hair removal dating back to ancient Egyptians and is performed using a thick paste consisting of sugar, lemon and water. The ball of paste is applied by hand and molded against the natural direction of hair growth. Then, with a quick flick of the wrist, the sugar is removed in the direction of growth, taking the entire hair and root with it. The same ball of sugar paste is used over and over again until the undesired hair has been removed.
Compared to waxing, sugaring is:
• Pure and natural. Sugar. Lemon. Water. That’s it. So pure and simple it’s safe enough to eat. Wax contains resin and other chemicals you might not want to touch, much less allow near your sensitive parts. Waxing also requires chemical solvents for clean-up, whereas sugar comes off with plain water.
• More sanitary. The sugar paste itself is hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Plus, a fresh ball of sugar paste is used for every client, so there is zero risk of cross-contamination. With waxing a single pot of wax is used for multiple clients, upping the risk of bacterial growth and contamination.
• Less painful. While wax adheres to live skin cells, while not completely painless, sugaring removes only dead skin cells. This cuts down on pain and the risk of abrasions and redness. Sugar paste is also applied lukewarm, whereas wax is kept hot to remain fluid and may burn the clients skin.
• More effective, longer lasting. Sugaring removes hair along the natural direction of growth, but waxing does just the opposite. By working against the grain, waxing can not only be more painful, but also presents greater risk for hair breakage, ingrown hairs, and unsightly bumps.
• Both gentle and thorough. Sugaring works on hair that is only 1/8-inch long, or roughly 7-10 days growth for most people. Waxing, on the other hand, requires at least 2-3 weeks growth. Sugaring is also gentle enough to work on the tiny vellus hairs that grow on some women’s faces, whereas waxing can be too abrasive.
Can I sugar if I'm using Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, or Differin?
These topical products can make skin more susceptible to tearing and irritation, so sugaring or waxing the treated areas is not advised. Wait at least three months after discontinuation to sugar.
Can I sugar is I’m using Accutane?
Unfortunately we cannot. Since these medications can cause severe drying and thinning of the skin, there is a high risk of permanent skin damage if you wax or sugar while taking them. Wait at least six months after discontinuation to sugar.
To prepare for an appointment we recommend the following:
• Avoid shaving for at least 7-10 days.
• Avoid tanning for 24 hours (we cannot sugar on sunburns).
• Rinse or take a shower if you have had a rigorous work-out.
• Do not exfoliate the area the day before and day of your service. Avoid moisturizing the area to be sugared, especially the legs.
• Come with clean, dry, skin. Do not apply lotions, creams, etc, beforehand.
• Do not drink alcohol before your appointment.
• We suggest you wait 24 hours after a bikini/Brazilian appointment before participating in any rigorous activity. When follicles are dilated, sweat and bacteria may irritate newly sugared areas.
What are the benefits of a facial?
A facial is a great way to treat your skin. Some of the benefits:
• Helps improve your complexion
• Evens out skin tone
• Removes dead skin
• Hydrates and/or detoxifies
• Increases circulation and stimulates the skin
• Slows down premature aging
• Prevents wrinkles before they occur
• Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
• Relaxing and soothing
Can I get a reaction from a facial?
In most cases you should not have a reaction to a facial. It is possible that an allergic reaction may occur if a product is used that contains an ingredient that you may be allergic to. Sometimes you may develop an allergy to an ingredient that you have been using for a while. This happens very rarely. Please inform your aesthetician of all possible allergies you may have so that we can make your experience the best possible.
What do I do if I have a reaction from a facial?
If you should experience a reaction after a facial, depending on how severe it is, you may want to take an OTC allergy medication to reduce symptoms. It is important to notify your aesthetician as soon as possible if you experience any negative reactions. If necessary, your aesthetician can take a look at your skin and give you further instruction as well as try to identify allergens. It is extremely important that your aesthetician knows about this, so that when you come in for your next facial, those products can be avoided
Can I use makeup after a facial?
The answer is most likely “yes”, but ask your esthetician. At the very least, especially if you undergo a peel be sure to wear a high quality sun screen to ward off sun damage. Also, some mineral makeup bases are considered an extension of your skin care (example: Glo Minerals is one))
Does a facial help with acne?
Facials can treat the symptoms of acne, but are unlikely to prevent new acne from forming. Our spa offers acne facials that involve deep cleansing and extraction of whiteheads and blackheads.)
How often should I get a facial?
We recommend monthly facials along with occasional intense, deep cleansing facials. Your skin condition and how your skin responds to each facial will dictate how often you get a treatment.
What can I expect during a facial treatment?
When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out a consultation form. You may view, print, and fill out a facial consultation card ahead of time directly below. Most facials consist of a double cleanse with steam, exfoliation, extractions with a skin analysis, facial and upper body massage, facial mask, and hydration. Depending on the facial and your skincare history, the exfoliation performed will vary. Different facial "add-ons" can be added to your treatment for a small additional fee. All facials are uniquely customized to target your specific skincare needs. Please see the Menu for more information on these add-ons and specific facials offered.
Can I receive a facial sugaring such as an eyebrow or lip sugar on the same day as my facial?
Yes! Sugaring is always done first, prior to your facial, for the upmost comfort and safety of your skin. Any areas sugared will be carefully avoided during your facial exfoliation so as not to further irritate the skin.
Do men get facials too?
Absolutly! Facials are very benificial for men too, and can help reduce skin sensitivity from shaving as well as other concerns from lack of proper at home skincare. If you do suffer from sensitivity after shaving, it is recommended that you do not shave immediatley before your facial, as this can lead to further irritation.
Why don’t you use the razor/credo blades when doing a pedicure?
It is illegal in the state of Washington for Nail Tech’s to use them. A Podiatrist is trained in using these blades. They also can transmit disease if not properly sanitized.
Is it ok if I shave my legs right before I get a pedicure?
It is best not to shave your legs right before a pedicure. The scrubs used can cause an irritation and sometimes burn. When we shave, we open up the pores on our skin making them more vulnerable to bacteria so if you are at a salon that you aren’t 100% sure about the way they clean the pedicure tub you could be introducing bacteria into your system. It is best that you shave AFTER you pedicure, but if you insist on shaving before, do it at least 24hours prior.
Why don’t you use a pedicure tub with jets?
Any type of pedicure tub or foot spa that circulates water can potentially become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and at high risk of causing pedicure infections. Since the water has to be passed through tubing and passageways, every inch of this journey leaves possible spots for bacteria to deposit and develop. We use Pedicure bowls that we can completely clean and disinfect. There is nowhere for bacteria to hide and accumulate.
How do you clean the pedicure bowls?
After Every Pedicure
• Debris is removed
• Tub scrubbed with hot water and soap
• Spray tub and chair with Hospital Grade EPA Disinfectant
How often should I get a Manicure?
Every 1 – 2 weeks
How often should I get a pedicure?
Every 2 – 4 weeks
Do you cut cuticles?
Your cuticles are a barrier for your hands and protect them from bacteria entering your body. Cutting or biting your cuticles can increase your chance of inflammation and infection. In addition, cutting your cuticles can cause the overall condition of your fingers and hands to deteriorate. Some people develop acute or chronic infections at the base of their nails that require medical treatment. Those who experience repeated infections may end up with distorted, warped and ridged fingernails. We use our nippers to clip away any hangnails or dead skin and nothing else.
Do you use Shellac?
Shellac is a brand name that we do not offer however we use a brand of gel polish called Gelish. It is a two week chip free polish very similar to Shellac, however we use an LED light instead of a UV light which helps cut the time down from 2 minutes to 30 seconds for curing, uses less energy, and is more eco-friendly since the mercury in UV lamps are harmful to the environment and to the human skin.
Is Gelish 3-free?
Yes, Gelish does NOT include Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate)
What type of client is Gelish best for?
All types, but specifically geared toward the natural nail client.
How long does it take for Gelish to dry?
There is no drying time. Once the manicure is done the client is dry and may do ANYTHING needed.
Is there any odor to Gel Polish?
A slight odor may be noticeable upon application but not as strong as nail polish. After curing in the lamp, residual odor does not remain.
Will soaps or other personal grooming products affect the wearability of Gelish?
No, Gelish was developed and tested to withstand the rigors of daily wear.
Are there any negative side effects of the frequency of removal with Gelish?
As long as the application and removal are performed properly there should not be any harm to the natural nail. We discourage peeling off the polish as this can damage the nail by peeling on the top layer of the nail as well. Everyone’s nails differ so depending on the condition of your nails we do recommend occasionally taking a break from gel nails to allow them to breath.