We sat down with the Sugarista and Spray-tanning Technician behind the brand Sugared & Sprayed (S&S) to find out why we should be Sugaring & Spraying.
WHAT IS SUGARING?
Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal technique that has been practiced for centuries, originating in the Middle East. The sugar paste is made ONLY from sugar, water and citric acid (lemon juice) and is used to extract body hair directly from the hair follicle. SUGARING IS NOT WAX!
Many confuse sugaring and waxing to be the same, but they are not. There are several differences between sugaring and waxing, one of them being the application of the paste. The sugar paste is applied in the opposite direction to the hair growth and removed using a ‘flicking’ motion in the same direction as the hair growth. This results in minimal hair breakages, less pain and minimal ingrown hairs.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE INCLUDED IN SUGARING AND ARE THEY NATURAL?
Sugar paste ONLY contains three vital ingredients = sugar, water and citric acid (lemon juice) and yes, the sugar paste is 100% natural and organic, it’s so clean that you can eat it!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SUGARING AND WHY IS IT BECOMING SO POPULAR?
Sugaring has several benefits including:
• Being 100% natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free.
• Repeated treatments can lead to permanent reduction of hair growth
• Minimal risk of being burned as the sugar paste is warmed to body
• Does not adhere to live skin cells unlike wax = no broken skin
• Water soluble (will never ruin equipment or clothes)
• Sugar never dries on the skin = less irritation
• Sugar paste can be re-applied to an area that was just sugared. The paste
is very gentle and can be put right over an area that was just sugared but
missed some hairs without fear of much irritation.
• Minimal hair breakage
• Minimal ingrown hairs
• Has been said to be less painful than wax and laser
• Sensitive skin friendly
• Eco-friendly as no sticks or strips are used, just a gloved hand
• Fully bio-degradable and hypoallergenic
• Natural exfoliant = super soft skin
• The only hair removal that can be done prior a spray-tan
Sugaring has become more popular due to people becoming more health
conscious and more aware of what they digest into their bodies and what they put onto their skin. Sugaring experts tend to educate their clients a lot more, giving their clients confidence in them and their hair removal treatment. Being the cleanest form of hair removal in the current hair removal market and having the benefits that it has on the skin and body hair; more and more people are intrigued to discover the art of sugaring.
IS THIS TREATMENT “WOMEN OF COLOUR FRIENDLY?”
Of course! Sugaring does not discriminate. It’s a treatment that can be loved by all body shapes, genders, age, race, religions and sexualities. It’s a very inclusive treatment. As long as you have hair (and you don’t have any major health concerns), you can be sugared!
TELL US MORE ABOUT SPRAY-TANNING AND WHY WOMEN OF COLOUR ARE LOVING IT?
Spray-tanning is a form of sunless tanning where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body in order to make your skin bronzed and glow. The main ingredients in the tan is called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) (sugar derived from sugarcane) which reacts with the client’s skin chemistry. The benefits of tanning include:
• Small to medium coverage on small skin imperfections i.e. blemishes,
surface scarring, stretch marks (it does not give complete coverage!!)
• Evens out uneven skin tones
• No UV Exposure. Perhaps the most important benefit of spray tans. With
spray tanning, you can achieve the bronzed glow that you want without
putting your health in danger. No sun exposure = no skin damage from
harmful UV radiation = lower risk of developing melanoma.
• Streak free results
• Glow all year round
S&S specialises in a clear tanning solution which contains no guide colour which equals no mess, this solution works fantastic in conjunction with sugaring. S&S have found the perfect formula to give clients the best hair removal treatment and best body glow.
Before our services launched, through research it was discovered that women of colour (WOC) desired this service to be openly available to them but didn’t really know where to go or who to talk to regarding spraying darker skin. Reading comments in online forums, WOC often felt embarrassed to talk about tanning as they were concerned about how they
would be perceived. Interpreting their responses, it was almost like a taboo for WOC to be spray tanned, even though well-known celebrities including Beyoncé, Lauren London, Nia Long, Eva Marcille, Toni and Tamar Braxton to name a few would get tanned. However, now that we have launched our services, WOC are openly coming out expressing their interest in spray-tanning and are delighted to know that there is service that has been
designed around their needs and wants. S&S prides itself in building a brand that promotes inclusion, diversity and body positivity though the use of services, products, content and educational material.
WHEN CAN SPRAY-TANNING BE DONE AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST FOR?
Spray-tanning can be done all year round, there is not a particular time to get a tan. Depending on how well you follow aftercare, a spray-tan can last from 5-14 days.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVE TREATMENT?
We don’t really have a favourite treatment, but our most popular treatments would be: Hollywoods, Bootie services, underarms, half legs and our Bronze & Glow tans!
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU?
More interactive content, new website launching soon, launching new treatments designed to enhance our current available treatments, new own branded products and merchandise, more collaboration and features, new opportunities!
ANYTHING ELSE OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW?
Follow us on Instagram to keep updated with everything S&S, we’ll be launching our new YouTube channel in April where you’ll be in for a treat!
Be sure to subscribe to our April Cos Box to get your hands on a Sugared & Sprayed gift card!