ASH Skin Corrective Facials & Sugaring Boutique
is the top-rate sugaring studio in Vancouver, Washington!
They say you get what you pay for and with my sugaring services you can be confident that your sugaring experience will be the best you’ve ever had!
I have a strict NO double dipping of the sticks, which means each and every swipe is with a new stick. This guarantees the sugar that is being applied to you has never come in contact with another person. Gloves are worn for each and every sugar service as well. I use the highest quality sugar available to ensure the best hair removal service possible.
ASH Skin: Corrective Facials & Sugaring is a solo aesthetics practice owned and operated by licensed master aesthetician Amber Henson.
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Along with waxing, I also offer sugaring services. Sugared hair growth is slower and finer. Even with the best waxing technique, 10-15% of the hair can suffer breakage because of the nature of wax and how it dries and adheres to the skin. Sugaring never dries and stays pliable resulting in a far better removal of bulb and hair.
Sugar is applied at room temperature so no risk of burning the skin. There is the added benefit of less ingrown hairs because hair is removed with the direction of growth. Whereas with waxing, it goes against the growth which can result in more ingrown hairs. This is because the tube that guides the hair up to the surface can become damaged and twisted with waxing which will then prevent the hair from growing to the surface. Thus, causing painful ingrown hairs. This happens more frequently with men and women who have course or curly hair.
Sugaring is less painful upon removal, resulting in less post hair removal inflammation and bumps (histamine reaction). Sugar paste acts as a lubricant to the follicle allowing the hair to be removed easier and with less pain and trauma.
Sugared hair can be removed as short as 1/8 of an inch which means you can sugar more frequently if necessary. This is perfect for dancers, swimmers, gymnasts, cross fit athletes or anyone who desires to remain as hair free as possible. Sugar paste is free of fragrance and skin sensitizing chemicals that can cause reactions. It also has the added benefit of being easier to clean up! Sugaring is completely water soluble and removes easily with water.
If you are new to me or new to sugaring and you have an important event to attend like a wedding, anniversary or vacation, please remember sugaring is not without issues for many people. Histamine reactions (bumpy skin) are the most common and when steps are taken before and after hair removal sessions they can be minimized or avoided all together. It is best to get at least 2 sessions under your belt before events or vacations so that you know what to expect with your skin and how to take care of issues that may come up (this is all individual and can change month to month due to hormonal changes, weather, etc.). If you are unable to get 2 appointments in prior, please remember to leave a 5-day minimum buffer between hair removal and scheduled events. Please remember this when scheduling.
Women's Sugaring Services
New Brazilian Bikini Bare or Strip | $95
This is what all new clients will schedule regardless of previous sugaring history. This includes a sugaring and home care kit. The kit is a $25 value and will last at least 4 months when used as directed.
Maintenance Bare | $60
Maintenance Strip | $65
Removes hair to leave a landing strip, triangle or completely bare. Hair is removed from, up to and around the naval. All hair is removed from the labia, perineum and butt crack.
Modest Brazilian | $55
Removes hair 2 inches outside groin crease and ½-1 inch inside crease, leaving the hair full and groomed. Removes the hair from the labia, perineum and butt crack. Perfect for those who like the idea of a Brazilian but without the bareness.
Basic Bikini | $35
French Bikini | $45
3-5-week Maintenance | $40
Removes hair 2 inches in from bikini line, hair up to and around naval and hair removal from butt crack up to perineum.
Underarms | $25
If pregnant, please text at the time of scheduling to inform me of gestational week.
Please understand I will not sugar a client who has a high-risk pregnancy regardless of doctors note.
First time sugaring appointments require 2 weeks of no shaving hair growth. Approximately 1/4 inch of hair.
Sugaring can be done during your menstrual cycle. You will be more sensitive so remember to take a pain reliever of your choice an hour before your appointment. Wipes and tampons are supplied in office.
Bumps post-hair removal are typically caused by a histamine reaction. This occurs because your body reacts to hair being pulled from the root as an injury and sends histamine to the follicle and results in bumpy, sometimes puss-filled white heads. This can be prevented by taking an OTC antihistamine like Benadryl an hour before your appointment. (Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking anything.)
Recommended home care is important post-Brazilian sugaring and is included in the price for first time clients to my office. The pubic area is ripe with bacteria and when you remove hair by the root from this area you are more susceptible to infections if proper care is not taken. I have put together a kit that is not only a prevention but treatment for ingrown hairs. Clients who tried everything prior to seeing me have had a drastic reduction in ingrown hairs with this kit and with regular sugaring appointments. I do not "sell" products just to sell them. I sell products that I have tested personally and that meet my very high standards.
Appointments should be scheduled every 3-4 weeks. Hair grows in 3 cycles. In order to achieve the smoothest, longest lasting result, you must come in when the hair is in its active growth stage. For some people its 3 weeks; most are 4 weeks. This will also make the process less painful when you stick to a schedule. (Please see hair growth diagram picture.) Also remember, if you are new to sugaring you will not be completely smooth your first couple of times. Hair growth has 3 cycles so this means you must come in every 3-4 weeks for 3-4 times in order to achieve the smoothest, longest lasting results. This does not mean you would stop coming in either, but merely when you do you have less hair to remove.
No swimming, hot tubs, saunas, working out or sexual activities for 24 hours post hair removal. This is to prevent bacterial and fungal infections from occurring.
Many medications are contraindicated for hair removal services. Accutane, blood thinners, chemotherapy, prolonged oral steroid use and many more (text me with specifics).
It is perfectly safe to sugar during pregnancy up until membranes rupture as long as you are having a normal, healthy, non-high-risk pregnancy.
If you have had a yeast infection or have been on antibiotics, you must wait a full 14 days post last dose of medication to be sugared.
No intentional UV exposure by natural sunlight or tanning beds for 72 hours pre- and post-hair removal.
If you are going on vacation or have a special event and are new to my office, I recommend you get a few hair removal sessions under your belt to see how your skin handles hair removal. I also recommend you schedule your pre big day appointment 3-5 days before.
If possible, take a shower prior to your appointment. If this is not possible, I supply wipes and ask that you use them before your appointments.
I practice universal precautions and have blood borne pathogens training. I wear gloves and do frequent glove changes during appointments and clean all surfaces with hospital grade disinfectant in between every client.
No coconut oil on your skin! Lauric acid makes up 50% of coconut oil which means it's highly comedogenic (poor clogging). Also, in order for a moisturizer to be beneficial it must contain ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. Coconut oil and other oils contain fatty acids only. A moisturizer must mimic our lipid layer in our skin in order for it to work. When you are not giving your skin what it needs, it creates a cascade effect for issues to occur, such as dermatitis, eczema, rashes, dry skin, acne, etc.