Silky smooth skin, cleanliness and self-confidence, both in and out of the bedroom, are just some of the reasons why women decide to wax their ‘lady parts’ and other areas. There has been a sudden burst of energy in cosmetic hair removal. It is less painful and gentler on the skin. On the cusp of taking over from hot wax angrily yanking hairs from your follicles is the brand new beauty trend – sugaring.
And here to bring you that well-deserved ‘sugar rush’ is Richelle Parchment.
Parchment owns and operates Just Sugar, a beauty business designed to provide women with all of their sweet needs.
Seeking a cosmetic outlet that set her apart, she conducted some research, and recalled a time when she once travelled overseas and got ‘sugared’. Parchment was happy with the results and remembering this, she wanted to learn more. This opened the door to entrepreneurial opportunity.
She is currently certified in waxing (skin therapy) and sugaring. The consummate professional explained that sugaring is as an organic hair removal alternative to waxing. The process is usually exercised in cool climatic conditions. The sugar paste, which looks just like honey, is boiled to different consistencies and is applied directly to the skin. It is removed with a piece of calico strip, similar to waxing, or by removing just the paste. “If I want to move quickly, I use the strip. But clients are fascinated when I go with the alternative approach, so I will do so just for them. I make the sugar paste from scratch, and roll them into little balls before applying,” she revealed.
Sugaring versus Waxing
Aside from the obvious organic element, the Just Sugar queen also pointed out that sugaring can be used on all skin types, as opposed to waxing, which irritates sensitive skin. The process for sugaring is less painful because it sticks to the hair and not the skin; waxing sticks to both hair and skin. “When you wax, it removes your skin cells, which is why they tell you that you can’t go to the gym for 24 hours, you can’t wear shorts because the area is exposed. Sugaring doesn’t do that to you. It stings in the moment, but once that has passed, you’re good to go,” she highlighted.
Additionally, the properties of the sugar paste are also great for your skin. The sugar paste contains citric acid and lime juice, which acts as a natural antibiotic, so it helps with ingrown hair, exfoliation and moisturisation, as well as assists with the skin’s overall appearance.
Parchment officially launched in April, just two weeks before carnival, to the merriment of revellers. She was fully booked out leading up to the ultimate ‘wining’ showdown, and has been ever since opening. “The reception so far has been amazing! I haven’t gotten any negative feedback. And I’ve actually left my full-time job to pursue sugaring. Because I’m the first person doing it, I want to put myself out there and build my brand properly, from the ground up,” she shared. She offers sugaring services for the entire body, ranging from eyebrows, moustache and chin, to underarm, belly, Brazilian and legs, for women only.
Working from home and executing a few pop shops around the island, she entertains a female client base that has never waxed before because of fears regarding the pain. Others include those who have waxed, had a bad experience and are just tired of the waxing pain. The smoothness of sugaring usually lasts between four and six weeks – four ranking for persons who shave and six for those who wax. Most customers are recurring, with many requesting her services overseas.
“I want to continue in the development of my clientele and build the reputation and representation of my brand. We’re all about this health organic wave. But sugaring is actually good for your skin. I have seen people who have come repeatedly and their skin improved. And it feels good knowing that I have contributed to that positive change. I’ve been conscious of my bikini area, with razor burn, so I can relate. Helping women get through and receiving messages that they’ve worn their bikini confidently for the first time to the beach, and they appreciate it – that is why I do it, for the greater good.” She hopes to one day branch out into the men’s department.
So if you’re looking for a more comfortable hair removal, at an affordable price, Parchment recommends that you ‘Just Sugar’. For more information on how you can be a part of the sugar rush nation, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call: 876-509-0124, or follow on Instagram: @justsugar876
Story by: Krysta Anderson