Monday, December 4, 2017

Our Barenaked Experience

Just last month, J went back to swim training after a hiatus.

She was the first among my kids to swim. She used to be a pretty good swimmer, qualifying for championship meets/finals and competing on a national level during her grade school years. I even accompanied her when she competed for the Palarong Pambansa and the Batang Pinoy Finals




My swim co-parents used to comment that "sayang naman, di nya pa tinuloy." But how I see it, she did not give up being a swimmer. She became a swimmer who took time to develop and pursue her other interests and talents.

Her passion for swimming is still there. It's just that it  now shares the spotlight with her other happiness... designing graphics for the shirts she and her friends are selling for their business class, being behind the camera lens for photo shoots, doing post-processing work in photoshop for a digital campaign activation, writing for the school paper and heading her school's fair sponsorship committee. 

She's still in the swimming varsity, and she managed to qualify for next year's Palarong Pambansa-regional meet. So here I am again, back to watching her from the bleachers. I'm not the type of mom to cheer for my kids until I'm hoarse. I'm just there supporting them, saying a short prayer everytime they are on the diving block. Just being their biggest fan. 

Being in a swimsuit so often since she was 9 years old has made her more aware about the presence of body hair. Both my girls came up to me about body hair removal when they were in their early teens.
One of J's first swim meet in 2010

First to go was underarm, then as they grew older, they wanted more and more body hair removed. I don't see anything wrong with it, and I view it as an essential part of girl hygiene and good grooming.

Taking out body hair is not always just about vanity. I know a lot of young girls girls, (my own included) who are into into sports like gymnastics or swimming, who see hair removal as a necessity. Girls in general, even those not involved in sports, want to be confident in whatever movements they make and not worry about having to be conscious of body hair peeking out where they shouldn't.

Just a few weeks ago, I took the girls to visit the only professional body sugaring salon in the country, Barenaked Sugaring Salon Banawe.

What is Sugaring?

Body Sugaring is the most modern version of the ancient art of hair removal which has been practiced by Egyptian women. It is the most safe and natural way to remove unwanted hair for today’s women, men, teenagers and even children.

Barenaked's sugar pastes are 100% natural with no chemical additives added. Sugaring paste is generally made from a few basic ingredients, including sugar, water, and lemon juice (and maybe some moisturizers or glycerin). The application of this all-natural product will remove not only unwanted hair but also dead skin cells leaving the skin soft, silky and healthy looking.

Sugaring technique extracts the hair in its natural direction of growth resulting to LESS PAINFUL, LESS BREAKAGE, LESS INGROWN HAIR.




Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon Banawe



The salon is relatively new, and you can see that in the spotlessly clean interiors.
inside one of their treatment rooms



Both of the girls had the full leg sugaring, and both of them had the same comment: para lang daw silang nagpa-massage. In other words, it wasn't painful. But the intensity differs on other body parts, obviously someone getting a Brazilian will feel some sting. After all, hair is still being pulled out. But generally, sugaring is less painful than waxing.

The underam process for sugaring hurts less than waxing also.

The paste is only heated for a few seconds until it’s warm so there's no reason to get worried about being burned by hot wax.
 The honey-like paste is applied to hair, rubbed onto the area and then pulled off quickly, taking unwanted hair, but not the skin. 


One of the long-term advantages of sugaring is that it pulls hair from the root. Over time, it weakens the hair follicle. Weak follicles grow weak hairs and eventually, no hair at all. 

It says on their website that "If you are planning to use body sugaring to soften or reduce hair, it is important that your first 3 sugaring sessions be booked fairly close together. These are your most important bookings as they will quickly reduce the amount of overall hair and soften coarse, stubborn hair. Regular sugaring treatments result in a less painful, more thorough removal of hairs, and allows for slower growth of hair which can, in some cases, lead to permanent reduction." 

My girls are still young to undergo diode laser. While I am sure that there are clinics who accept to treat young girls, I have a derma friend who suggested that I wait until the girls are a bit older because their hair growth process is not yet mature until mid 20’s.  If they do it now, then they will definitely need another round of treatment to remove unwanted hair as their hair follicles mature in their 20s.

There are a lot of hair removal methods out there, depending on your budget. But for me, I cannot afford to diode laser all of the hairs on the different parts of my daughters' bodies. They want to be hairless all over eh! So we agreed that they will have to choose a body part to use diode laser hair removal, and the others will be by sugaring muna. They can save up their angpao money for the rest. Hahaha!

Coincidentally, since we are on the topic of saving, Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon Banawe has several promos to help us get our money's worth. 
  • All students get a 10% discount on all services upon presentation of a valid student ID
  • Bring a friend for a service and each of you get 10% off

*Discount is not applicable on packages


If you want to know more about sugaring, click on this body sugaring 101

Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon Banawe
4th floor Banawe Lifestyle Center
Banawe street corner Don Manuel Agregado, St.
Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
mobile: 0945 124 5498
open from 12pm-10pm


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