An ancient form of hair removal arrives in Seattle for the first time.
Dear Seattleite ladies: It’s time to pull the cobwebs off your bikini; pretend you haven’t been roasting in tanning beds for the past few months and head outdoors for a healthy dose of Vitamin D. You don’t have time to lose the dimples on your bottom by tomorrow, but you can make sure your ladyparts are as hairless as Justin Beiber’s upper lip.
How? By sugaring, a hair removal method also known as Persian waxing. Dating back thousands of years, sugaring techniques involve a substrate that has been heated to a lukewarm temperature. The substance adheres to one’s hair without sticking to the skin — making the removal process much less painful.
Now, the ladies of Seattle can experience this form of epilation for the first time at The Sweet Spot in Fremont — our region’s first sugaring studio. Tattooed ladies greet customers with green ginger tea, calming their nerves before going under the honey ball.
A respiratory therapist turned esthetician, owner Lara Olsha opened The Sweet Spot in 2003 after falling in love with the natural hair removal process.
“When I was studying for my license, I learned how unsanitary waxing could be with the double dipping cross-contamination and found the physiology of sugaring fascinating,” Olsha said. “With sugaring, the technique of applying the paste in the opposite direction of hair growth, and extracting the hairs in the direction of the growth results in a less painful hair removal and less room for breakage in the hair follicles, or unsightly bumps.”
Of course, there is always pain with any hair removal — but pain is beauty, ladies. Or men. Besides, sugaring is the organic cousin of traditional waxing, since it employs an all-natural, edible product (made from honey, lemon juice and guar gum). It’s all natural, less sticky, and gentle on small fuzzy animals. Ahem.
Here’s how it works. The substrate is heated to a lukewarm temperature, so as not to burn the skin. The product only sticks to dead skin cells, so less irritation occurs during sugaring than with other hair removal methods. In fact, sugaring is so gentle on the skin that it can be used to remove the soft hairs on some women’s faces — something no other waxing product can achieve.
Olsha says that sugaring is an easy switch if you’re an avid shaver, since you don’t need to grow the hair for long to extract the hairs properly. Sugaring requires roughly one-eighth of an inch of hair, or seven days’ worth of growth.
The shop’s clientele is mostly ladies, between the ages of 20 and 65. Other than the occasional press article, Olsha does not advertise the salon, so all references are justified by word of mouth — creating an ideally private atmosphere.
The Sweet Spot is open Monday (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.), Tuesday (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Friday (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
The Sweet Spot | 3507 Evanston Ave. N., Seattle | (206) 632-3602