I’m a big fan of the saying: “you don’t know what you don’t know.” I think it’s a good philosophy to live by and a great way to be open-minded in the world. It’s certainly the reason behind how I sugar (and as an extension, wax) today.
When I first learned how to sugar I was taught in-house. Essentially, technique was passed from esthetician to esthetician. Fast forward to about a year or so later, when I found myself wondering if I was missing something. Nobody was complaining, in fact my clients were quite happy with what I was doing. Although I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I somehow felt that I wasn’t completely in command of what I was doing. When I heard about sugaring training in Toronto at Sugar Moon Salon, a sugar only specialist boutique, I was intrigued; so off I went to find out what I didn’t know – turned out a whole LOT!
How does one describe that pivotal moment when your whole world changes? It came to me on the second day of training when Paola Girotti, Owner and Sugaring Guru did my Brazilian. Sugar went on, then was released with an easy, gentle flick. OMG! The sensation was totally different than any sugaring I had ever received – from other so called ‘sugaring gurus!’ Sure, hair from down there was being removed, but it really didn’t hurt. It was nowhere near as intense as any other sugaring I had received. All I could think was, “I have to learn this.”
I was so blown away by this experience that I ended up leaving the spa I was at and went to Toronto to specialize in sugaring for just under a year. There was no question in my mind, I had to master this technique – and so I did, and then some. Finding out what I didn’t know came out of curiosity and a desire to be the best in what I do. It changed everything.
So what’s the secret you are wondering? Obviously I’m not going to give all my secrets away (now you have to come see me to learn more); but to fill you in a little – it’s all in the release, well, almost all. Of course the application of the sugar is important, but the release is paramount. Here’s the crazy thing (which on the surface actually seems counter intuitive to hair removal): the more relaxed your release or ‘flick’ and the less force you apply, the easier the hair comes out and the less it hurts! Who knew? But let me tell you, it sounds way easier than it is – lol!
I will be talking about this idea of ‘what is deemed good’ in future blogs, along with the concept of what it means to specialize. I took the time and had the curiosity to question my technique, which led me to develop a much higher level of expertise and ultimately to launch a business based on that idea. In the meantime, always be curious and look deeper – you never know what you might learn!