As a licensed esthetician for the past 20 years, I’ve seen literally thousands of women of every age in every size, shape, and skin color with every type of hair for hair removal services.

Virtually all of these women have one very disturbing thing in common — they don’t feel good about their bodies. Sometimes it’s a specific area, yet more often than not, there are multiple areas they find lacking.

I’ve heard complaints about their lips, breasts, cheeks, hips, arms, legs, ankles, ears, hands, feet, stomachs, necks, and yes, even the shape of their vulvas. If it’s a body part — even something you wouldn’t think someone could criticize, like an elbow, for example — I’ve heard a woman say she isn’t happy with hers.

These beliefs negatively impact their self confidence, how they carry themselves, and how they interact with the world around them. It makes me so sad, and angry on behalf of women everywhere! At what age did they decide they weren’t enough, exactly as they are? Far too young, I fear.

While reading, you’ve probably been mentally cataloguing the parts of your own body that you hate… STOP IT! American media has fed women a bill of goods. We are not mannequins; we are perfectly human in all our imperfect shapes and sizes. Each of us is uniquely beautiful, and it has nothing to do with your thigh gap, butt dimples, round belly, stretch marks, scars, bra size, or pant size. It has nothing to do with painted nails, lash extensions, or designer clothes either.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball

You are beautiful because of your divine feminine essence, the way you treat others, the spark of spirit that makes you unique. Don’t let anyone put you down or make you feel less than because you don’t meet up to an impossible “Barbie doll” standard. Society gives us so many mixed messages, and places so many unreasonable expectations on women from how we look to how we behave. Women aren’t SUPPOSED to be anything… we just are. Don’t ever let anyone else tell you who or what you SHOULD be.

As it happens, March is Women’s History Month, which is a great time to recognize all the fearless females who went against the grain and forged their own path despite the antiquated notion of what women could or could not do. Regardless of your political leanings, it’s noteworthy that it took almost 245 years before America elected its first female Vice President.

So embrace your feminine energy, and let it manifest however is the truest for your individual self. Smash those glass ceilings! And above all, learn to love the body that you have, the one that serves as your vehicle through this life, and enjoy the freedom that comes with feeling comfortable in your own skin!

“I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.” – Queen Latifah

Every woman feels more beautiful when she feels self confident. For those of us who prefer smooth skin, having silky soft, hair-free skin is a definite confidence booster! Why not treat yourself to a Brazilian hair removal session before that upcoming trip or special occasion?

Professional sugar wax (or sugaring) hair removal saves you time in the shower, reduces unpleasant bacteria and odors, and leaves you feeling sexy and feminine. Not to mention, being hairless during your menstrual cycle is so much more comfortable and clean feeling.

And YES, you can get sugared during your cycle. Being on your period is no reason to cancel your Brazilian or bikini hair removal appointment. We can work around a tampon string, but some clients tuck them inside. More clients are using menstrual cups, which are worn inside the body. Either way, it’s not an issue for us at all. About half of the world’s population has periods. It’s nothing to find shameful or awkward. But that’s a whole other soapbox… 😉

Until next time!

Linda Hoff, Owner
Sugar Spa STL