• What is sugaring?
    • Sugaring is an ancient art of hair removal that was popular thousands of years ago in Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia. The technique is described in Egyptian hieroglyphics and in writings from the Turkish Empire.
    • Rediscovered ancient arts often are found to be the most effective methods, and this is clearly the case with sugaring. The technique is not more commonly available because it is a true art that takes much practice to perfect – watching the finger dexterity and curvaceous hand motions is fascinating! And all of our licensed estheticians are highly trained sugarist “artists”!
    • The pure, 100 percent natural sugar “paste” – consisting of sugar, lemon juice, guar gum and water blended into a substance that looks and feels like honey – is more effective, more sanitary and less painful than any other hair removal process.
    • Brazilians the sweet way
  • How does sugaring work?
    • At StudioSmooth, sugar paste at lukewarm temperature is massaged onto the skin by a gloved hand and then molded against the natural direction of hair growth. With a flicking motion the hair is gently removed in the direction that the hair grows.
    • Sugaring removes hair while it is in the early growth stage – as young as 12-14 days – which minimizes unnecessary discomfort, irritation and ingrown hairs, all while exfoliating dry skin cells. The result is beautifully smooth skin.  For most areas we recommend about 12-14 days worth of growth.  For the legs we recommend at least 14 days worth of growth for your best results.
    • There is hardly an inch of the body that can’t be sugared from the eyebrows to the toes. Studio Smooth does it all – in an environment designed to ensure your privacy and comfort. Our estheticians are adept at putting you at ease, beginning each visit with a discussion about your specific needs. Many clients on their first visit aren’t exactly sure where they want to “draw the line” for bikini or Brazilian sugaring: We can start with the bikini and then you can decide if you like it. More hair can always be removed, right to the Bare-All – smooth all over!
    • We’ll help you define your line!
    • Before sugaring, the skin is cleansed and powdered. Depending on what service you are requesting, you may be dressed in your own bikini or Speedo, disposable underwear, or covered with a towel that is discreetly maneuvered by your sugarist.
    • Because the skin must be tightly stretched for good results, you will be asked to help stretch and position your “parts” for the sugarist. You may also be asked to be in somewhat unusual positions.
    • After sugaring, there is care for you to do – such as exfoliating regularly – in order to keep your skin safe and smooth for the next few weeks. There also are products that can help soothe the skin and maintain its health between sugarings. We will go over all that with you in detail before you leave your appointment.
    • The healthy way to go bare
  • What are the advantages of sugaring versus wax?
    • Sugaring is often compared with waxing because both are spread onto the hair and then pulled off. But that is where the comparison ends, and in many ways sugar is the opposite of wax!
    • Sugar pulls in the natural direction of hair growth; wax pulls the hair against its natural growth pattern, often causing rashes and ingrown hairs. Sugar is 100% natural, with no resin or chemicals; all wax products contain resins.
    • Sugar is applied with the gloved hand — no spatula or cotton strips required.
    • Sugar will never burn the skin, as it is barely lukewarm; hot wax can burn and bruise the skin.
    • Sugar does not stick to live skin cells; wax adheres to live skin cells and when removed pulls the skin, increasing the risk of tearing and redness.
    • Sugaring is so gentle it can be used to remove the vellus hair that grows on some women’s faces, and is safe to remove hair on the male scrotum; wax is risky for both.
    • Sugar is a hypoallergenic natural healer of the skin; wax damages fine tissue cells.
    • Bacteria does not breed or survive in sugar; it does in wax.
    • Sugar is water soluble so cleanup is easy; wax requires solvents to clean.
    • Bare as a baby without crying like one
  • What exactly is the difference between a Bikini and a Brazilian and all the other names?
    • There are many “cute and clever” terms for hair removal of the “nether regions.” At StudioSmooth we use names that actually describe what hair remains after your treatment. The bottom line (bad pun) is that within health and safety guidelines we will remove hair from wherever you wish, customizing your sugaring exactly the way you want it!
    • The Bikini/Speedo Line – The Bikini/Speedo Line removes hair in about a 3-inch strip around the line of your bikini or Speedo (or low-rider briefs/panties) … but removes none of the hair underneath. It includes the hair on the pubis bone just above the bikini, and also along the front of the thighs and the inner thighs (and the back of the thighs if necessary). If you choose you can actually wear underwear or a bathing suit for your sugaring, and we will work around what you have on. (It should not be your favorite because it may get sticky from the sugar and need to be discarded.) We also offer disposable underwear for women. During the summer we can follow your tan line! Or your sugarist can discreetly maneuver a towel to cover or uncover as needed.
    • The Thong Brazilian – The Thong Brazilian removes all hair except what would be covered by a thong or G-string (and yes, men do wear thongs). The name comes from Brazilian women who were the first to wear thong bathing suits. In the front, hair is removed above, below and around the privates, but not the privates themselves (leaving hair on the labia for women, and on the penis and scrotum for men). The Thong Brazilian in the back includes the butt and the cleft of the butt cheeks but not the anus. During Thong sugaring you can actually wear a thong or G-string if you choose, or have your sugarist maneuver a towel as needed. We also call the Thong the Extended Bikini. Other names include the Basic Brazilian and the Mediterranean.
    • The Bare-All Brazilian – The Bare-All Brazilian removes all hair from the privates, front and back (with the possible exception of a design described below). The Bare-All Brazilian is a Thong Brazilian plus the labia for women or the penis and scrotum for men – and if requested the entrance to the anus. The Bare-All has many nicknames: The Full Monty, the Sphinx, the GuyZilla, the L.A. Bikini, The Extreme Brazilian and the Hollywood.
    • Designs – Designs are quite popular for women who get the Bare-All Brazilian, usually a line on the mons pubis known as a “landing strip.” It also can be a heart, a star or virtually any simple shape that you desire. Some men get designs, too!
  • Sugaring is the most natural and least painful form of hair removal. So keep it short and sweet. Your skin will thank you!

 

  • How often can I sugar?
    • The best results occur when sugaring regularly. After the first sugaring, the hair should be removed early during the growth cycle. Hair growth is faster for some than others, but the usual recommendation is to get sugared every 3-4 weeks, though you can return as early as 10 days. If you return for a “maintenance sugaring” within that time period you will be offered a discount. As you continue sugaring, fewer and fewer hairs will grow back, and eventually the time period between sugarings can be lengthened.
  • What services are offered by StudioSmooth?
    • The licensed estheticians at StudioSmooth remove hair from all parts of the body, from the eyebrows to the ankles. Of course we are renowned for our expertise with the “nether regions.” Our sugarists are experienced with all skin colors and types. We have an absolute policy of non-discrimination and service to all. We sugar clients of all sizes; some men and some BBW’s (Big Beautiful Women) say they have been refused service elsewhere. And we are a GLBT-friendly company. Our licensed estheticians also can provide other esthiology services upon request, such as facials.
    • For smoothies of all persuasions!
  • Who provides those services and what is their training?
    • All of our sugarists are estheticians licensed in the state of Michigan, which means they have taken a course of about 6-9 months. Our estheticians also are certified as professional sugarists by the Alexandria company, which provides our sugar and is considered the most knowledgeable sugaring company in North America. Our estheticians even go beyond the Alexandria training, with additional training and experience with Brazilian and Bikini/Speedo techniques. And of course they are trained in other esthetician services such as facials and mud packs.
  • What are the fees for sugaring?
  • A full price list is below.  Many of our services have ranges, within those ranges, the lower number is the fee for regular clients who come in for what is known as a “maintenance sugaring.” The higher number is for a new client who has never been to Studio Smooth before or a current client who has gone over the 4-6 week maintenance period.  Please note that fees are subject to change without notice, and that male fees are slightly higher. Discount specials are sometimes available currently including discounts for combined services, and for regular clients who refer new clients.
      • Female
        Male
        $59-$79 – Bare-All Brazilian $69-$89 – Bare-All Brazilian
        $49-$69 – Thong Brazilian $59-$79 – Thong Brazilian
        $39-$59 – Bikini $49-$69 – Speedo
        $9-$19 – Special designs other than “landing strip”
        $15 – eyebrow shaping $15 – eyebrow shaping
        $12 – lip $9 – nose
        $12 – chin/neck
        $9 – nose
        $35 – full face
        $19 – underarms $29 – underarms
        $29 – half arms $39 – half arms
        $39 – full arms $49 – full arms
        $35 – upper legs $40 – upper legs
        $65 – lower legs $80 – lower legs
        $100 – full legs $120 – full legs
        $49-$69 – chest or back
        Tinting
        $19 – Eyebrow tint $19 – Eyebrow tint
        $19 – Eyelash tint $19 – Eyelash tint

        Discounts: 3 services = 10% off 4 or more = 15% off

        Clients receive a 10 percent discount on their next appointment by referring a new client. StudioSmooth accepts debit cards, Visa, MasterCard and cash. A personal check will be accepted on a regular client’s second “maintenance appointment.”

      • You’re worth it!
  • “No-Show is a No-No”
    • Your appointment time is reserved for you well ahead of time, and it is likely that your time cannot be filled if you were to cancel. So PLEASE keep the time that has been reserved for you. If you have to change your appointment, we request 24 hours notice so we can fill that slot.   We reserve the right to charge in full if cancellation of an appointment is not made 24 hours prior.

  • Where on the internet can I go to find out more?
    • sweetspotonline.net: This is the very best site (besides our own) of a sugaring studio, which is owned by our good friend in Seattle, Lara Olsha. If you are a Pacific Northwesterner, contact her!
    • Alexandriaprofessional.com: While the Alexandria site is designed for sugaring professionals, there also is a lot of information for clients. Poke around a bit and you will find it!
    • Your skin will thank you!