Like everyone else these days, I’m trying to pare down on my monthly incidentals: taking the subway in lieu of a taxi; stretching my pedicures an extra week; waiting for sales instead of buying full price. Of course there are certain things I wouldn’t dare scrimp on, and up until last week I thought bikini waxing was one of them.
Years ago I accompanied a girlfriend to a health food store (I need to stock up on my favorite granola) and noticed a pot of something that looked a lot like honey in her basket. In response to my quizzical expression, she told me that she “sugared” (a hair removal technique that’s like waxing except a sugar-based substance is used instead of wax) and that once you got that hang of grooming your own bikini area, you wouldn’t dream of spending money to have someone else do it.
Flash forward a decade. Shobha, my favorite place for eyebrow threading (again, one of the many things I refuse to go without) just introduced a sugaring kit and, recalling my college friend’s advice, I had to give it a try. AT $30 a pop, it wasn’t too much to spend on an experiment in economizing.
At home I heated up the sugaring gel in the microwave, put my husband in charge of the kids, locked my bedroom door, laid my biggest bath sheet on the bed, and followed the instructions. After dusting my nether-regions with the enclosed talc-free powder, I tried to mimic an aesthetician’s deliberate, quick movements, but it took a few tries to figure out the right technique. (Hint: you really do have to pull the fabric strip in the opposite direction that the hair grows.) Once I did, however, it was smooth sailing, and I liked the fact that I was in complete control of the perimeters of my bikini line. No more, “Can you just take a little more from here?” or post-wax “oh-my-goodness-she-left-nothing” shock.
The best part? I’m going to save so much on bikini waxes that I can keep splurging on another indulgence–sports massage anyone?–I figured I’d have to write off for the time being.
Shobha Sugaring kit— $30 at Shobha boutique online.