If you guys keep up with my Instagram stories, you know that I had a less-than-fabulous experience with my first Brazilian bikini wax. The process felt like someone was simultaneously burning and ripping off my skin, while stabbing me with sharp, sharp knives at the same time. It. Was. Painful. It was hands down the most excruciating thing I’ve experienced to date– which speaks to my pain tolerance and struggle with injury. That being said, the end result is worth it, if you can tolerate the rough 20 minutes of hair being ripped out of your vag.
I was hesitant to schedule a follow-up appointment at European Wax Center, because I wasn’t sold on the experience there, but was ready to toss out my razor for good. I had read a bit on sugaring, and was curious on how the process differed from waxing. Said procedure uses an all-natural cocktail of sugar, lemon, and hot water to create a gel-like paste to pull unwanted hair(s) out of the follicles. While sugaring is very similar to waxing, it is supposedly a lot gentler and healthier for your skin because it doesn’t adhere to the skin like hard-wax would. I mean, gentler? Sign me up.
My esthetician, Tenille at Nirvana Day Spa, just so happens to be a big believer (and certified) in sugaring. She (somehow) convinced me to give it a shot prior to my monthly facial. So, here we are. I survived to tell the story.
Here’s the skinny on the difference between waxing and sugaring.
I went in to the appointment expecting it to hurt a lot less than my waxing experience. Truth be told, it still hurt like a mother. Let’s be real, you’re ripping hairs out of an extremely sensitive area, it’s not going to feel good. However, it did hurt less (not a lot less, but less). I’ll take what I can get.
The procedures were similar in time and technique, although the sugar gel feels gentler going on and coming off of the skin. I think the key difference I noticed was the post-appointment results. After my wax, I felt like someone had kicked me in the crotch. I was so sore, and my bikini area was irritated and red, for almost 24 hours after the appointment. After the sugaring, though, it felt like a cloud. Twenty minutes had gone by and I had almost completely forgotten about the pain I just put myself through. I had little-to-no redness, no pain and zero signs of potential ingrown hairs. While it still hurt in the moment, the result is much smoother and cleaner. I’m a fan.
I’m a big baby, so I’m fairly certain I’ll complain and cringe with every future sugaring appointment, but it’s definitely something I’ll continue to do. It just makes the maintenance and upkeep of our lady parts so much easier. Being a girl rocks, doesn’t it? (Insert eye-roll emoji here).
At the end of the day, I prefer sugaring over waxing, but I think every gal and what’s best for their body is different. If you’re local and interested in learning more about sugaring, 10-out-of-10 recommend visiting Nirvana!
Pro tip: schedule yourself a facial for immediately after your sugaring. Thank me later.