SUGAR and lemon are no longer just things that you can pop into a cup of tea.
A new way of hair removal using these ingredients is sweeping across the globe.
Westbrook beautician Fiona Shoesmith has been offering the unusual hair removal method, called body sugaring, for just over a year.
"I tell people is just like waxing but doesn't involve pain, you don't get ingrown hairs and it leads to permanent hair removal," Mrs Shoesmith said.
Using a room-temperature ball of sugar, lemon and water, Mrs Shoesmith spreads the paste across the hair follicle.
But instead of ripping the hair against the growth, body sugaring involves "sliding" the hair out.
"I have some ladies who fall asleep during body sugaring," she said.
"Some even say it is like a massage."
Mrs Shoesmith undertook a two-day course to become accredited.
However, it took her about six months to become proficient in the method.
"I found out about it while doing make-up for a bride," she said. "She said to me, 'I just got sugared'.
"And I had no idea what she was talking about."
With a little bit of research and some training, Mrs Shoesmith expanded her make-up business to cater for the growing demand.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/sugaringqld
What is body sugaring?
- It is a method of hair removal that uses natural ingredients of sugar, lemon and water.
- The beautician spreads the paste on an area and "flicks" off the sugar in the direction of hair growth.
- The hair slides out of the follicle.
- Hair can be removed from all areas of the body except for inside the ear and on the eye lash.
- After a few treatments, the hair is permanently removed.
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