Avril Cayenne sugar worker explains how sugar acts in hair removal
Long before the days of shaving, lasers, hair removal treatments, waxing and threading, the Egyptians, including Pharaoh Cleopatra, used sugar to remove facial and body hair.
Sugar epilation is a technique which, like waxing, is done by quickly pulling the hair out at the root. It can be done on any part of the body using a paste made from water, lemon and sugar.
Sugar company Avril Cayenne has been using the method in her spa, L’Esthétique De Pierre Sugar Suite, for more than nine years.
“It’s a natural alternative to waxing…It’s not painless, but not as painful as waxing.”
The main difference, she explained, is the direction in which the hair is pulled.
“With waxing, the mixture is applied in the direction of hair growth and then removed in the opposite direction… With sugaring, it’s the exact opposite.” Sugar paste is applied against the direction of hair growth and removed in the direction of hair growth.
“The sugar lubricates the strand of hair and it slides. It’s a much more luxurious way to tweeze,” Cayenne told WMN.
Cayenne is a Certified Esthetician, trained at TT’s Face and Body Clinic. She wasn’t a big fan of waxing, so she did some research and came across body sugar.
“I was certified at Alexandria Professional, in Buffalo, New York, a full-line skincare company,” and now she specializes in body sugar at her San Fernando and Maracas, St Joseph branches.
“I also do things like massages and body scrubs, but the sugar is the main thing.”
While it can be done on any part of the body, she makes it a point to avoid eyebrows unless it’s just to clean up a few stray hairs.
“I clean, but I don’t shape. If you get it wrong, it can ruin a person’s career,” she laughed.
Cayenne uses the Alexandria Professional brand. “I ended up being an educator for it, teaching local people who want to give their clients a different kind of hair removal.”
She said there were quite a few benefits to sweetening. It’s eco-friendly, gives skin a light exfoliation, and regrows softer, finer hair when done as often as needed. Armpits and eyebrows should be done every two to three weeks, and legs, back and chest are monthly services.
But, she said, as long as it has its benefits, if not done correctly, sugar can cause harm.
“If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can hurt people.
“I went through rigorous training before I started doing this. Keep in mind that some people may have very sensitive skin.
“Another thing you need to consider is a person’s age…it’s not for everyone.”
Cayenne said that before the paste is applied, the skin should be prepped by removing oils and toning.
The mother-of-three has been featured in magazines such as Caribbean Posh, The Beyond Woman and was part of Authority Magazine’s international Women in Wellness series. She said that although in her youth she was in love with skin and hair care products and took great care of her skin and hair, she never imagined that she would find herself in the field of hair care. ‘aesthetic.
“In school, when my friends bought KFC and snacks, I saved to buy different products.
“My mom used to live overseas and send me magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and I read Showtime a lot.
“I also used aloe vera to make my own products, which wasn’t always good, but it was usable. And I remember how my dad and I would put Ponds cold cream on our faces. “, she said with a laugh. .
She even took a hairdressing class just so she could do her own hair.
After becoming a certified beautician, her husband encouraged her to open a small spa.
“And that’s where I started.”
But, she says, her family remains her number one priority.
“All of my time revolves around my kids…I started having kids early and was a full-time mum. When they were in elementary school, I was able to do my beauty classes during school time. Then I would pick them up and go straight home…
“Now I make appointments during school time, so I will always be available for them.”
In 2020 when most businesses including spas were temporarily closed due to covid19 restrictions she didn’t work at all. Eventually, when some restrictions were lifted, she only worked afternoons as she had to supervise her children’s online classes.
Her goal is to build her brand so that “when people think of sugar, they think of me…I want to open another branch in Tobago…I want to have a big impact, leave a legacy.”
She said that between family and work, she has very little time for anything else.
“But I hope to change that. I like to travel and want to learn how to make pottery, but maybe when my six-year-old son is a bit older.