Welcome to be well {groomed!} at Studio 41. My name's Kenya & I'm your self-care bon vivant. I specialize in superb sugaring that rids you of any pesky unwanted hair and leaves your skin glowing.

Ready for your sugaring experience? Here are links to my online booking option and the service/price menu. And, if it's your first visit to me at be well {groomed!} in Studio 41 of SalonRepublic, please check out these directions.

Here on the site, as well as in at Studio 41, we chat about skincare & all the fab flotsam of life. Scroll down to read more.

Meanwhile, a few helpful links to get you started:
* who? (meet your sugarista)
* what? (what is this sugar stuff?)
* when? (booking your sugar apptmt online)
* where? (do you sugar that?)
* why? (read on, my dear!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

sweetly stocked up!

wanna get the goods that help prevent those pesky ingrowns?
email or call and i'll hold the product for your next visit
to be well {groomed!}/Studio 41 at SalonRepublic!

SweetExfoliator™ Toner Pads
92% Organic Ingredients
AHA/ BHA exfoliating treatment pad containing Aspen Bark Extract, a natural salicylic acid. Can be used for face or body. Perfect product to retail to your clients as a skin conditioning treatment between appointments. Balances skin tone and leaves skin with a polished appearance. Perfect for those prone to ingrown hairs. Great for active skin too!

SweetExfoliator™ Serum
Organically Preserved
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Moisture Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

A organically preserved gentle exfoliating moisture serum with Hyaluronic Acid to use anywhere on the body to keep your skin hydrated, smooth, and radiant. AHA's have the smallest molecule to penetrate the top layer of skin. May use daily on any area of the body in need of exfoliation.  Perfect for those prone to ingrown hairs. Great for active skin too.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


it's very frustrating ... you do everything right, or at least as you normally do. and then, there it is ... a bump. what to do?

first of all: do NOTHING ... stop yourself before you poke, prod or pick and take a moment to breathe and develop a plan.

picking or prodding at the ingrown or clogged follicle (aka those pesky bumps) 
will most likely lead to scarring. 

however, if you keep focused on the end result (happy skin!) and treat your skin gently, those little bumps will be gone before you know it.

here we go:

keep it simple. no need to go full Rambo.  gentle exfoliation is not only the best prevention tool, it is also great for smoothing the skin after ingrowns occur.

for effective and non-irritating exfoliation, i prefer and recommend topical serums. you apply them after cleansing and before moisture; just put them on and leave them.

physical exfoliation (such as with a scrub or wash cloth) is very satisfying and there many accessible products on the market. however, you gotta watch yourself: make sure you don't scrub too hard and irritate the skin.  less is more with physical exfoliants.

once you exfoliate, continue to condition your skin with hydration.  these days, there is a bevy of beautiful, natural products to provide just the right feel you prefer for your skin.  look for ingredients that nourish and calm skin while avoiding products with sparkle, perfume, pigments or other irritants.  
if the bump is inflamed, you might try:
  • wrapping an ice cube in a layer of t-shirt and holding it to the bump to minimize the inflammation
  • apply a basic clay mask and remove with a wet, warm (not hot) wash cloth
  • apply a topical analgesic so that you don't feel the bump and are constantly tempted to check on it

if the bump ruptures, do not try to find the hair.  if it is a clogged follicle, there will be no hair. and the hair isn't really the issue; the issue is the trapped fluid and the body's immune response to the clogged pore.  simply clean the area with water and apply polysporin or a natural topical antibacterial.

let's recap:
  • don't pick, poke, or prod your skin ... you will do more damage than good!
  • develop a plan and treat your skin gently
  • continue to exfoliate (but not aggressively ... don't irritate your skin)
  • hydrate your skin with something nourishing and soothing
  • apply a clay mask or natural topical antibacterial 
  • consistent, timely professional sugaring helps to mitigate ingrowns!
after years of working with thousands of gorgeous clients, i've developed a list of some of their favorite products for keeping their skin in thriving condition:
if you still have questions, i'm happy to explore solutions with you. make an appointment for professional sugaring hair removal and we'll talk!  click here to make appointments and view the service menu.

now go enjoy your beautiful skin!

{image via Lorna Jane USA active wear}

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