I’ll never forget my first ever foray into what I came to know as the painstaking process of body hair removal! I was around 10 or 11 years old, locked in the bathroom with my mother’s razor in hand. With absolutely no concept of how shaving worked, or more specifically, how much pressure to apply with the razor, I went to war with my pesky, dark, coarse, Italian leg hairs. That battle was quickly lost, however, once I completely shaved off a piece of skin that had to be at least a good two inches long. I’m pretty sure I still have the battle scars on my shin as lucky little souvenirs from this day.
But the war waged on! Being Italian, Maltese, Irish, and Scottish in descent, I have been blessed with a very mixed bag of genes, including very thick, dark, and coarse hair! Just about every person I encounter never fails to tell me what beautiful hair I have, and how they would kill to have a head of hair like mine. But of course, with great power, comes great responsibility. That dark, coarse hair isn’t just selective to my head, folks, and I’ve tried just about every hair removal method under the sun to get rid of it!
As much fun of a daily activity shaving is, I wished the results would last longer. Waxing was expensive and painful. I even invested in laser hair removal, which the hairs have STILL managed to fight through!
One day this summer, I decided to give waxing another try. Although it can be painful, I was so impressed with how long the results lasted, and how the hairs grew back much lighter. My only reservation was how expensive it can be in the long run, especially when you consider having it done professionally. It was at this point that I wondered if there might be a DIY solution to my problems.
…well lo and behold, here I am, about to share this AMAZINGLY simple and INEXPENSIVE recipe I found very quickly with all of you!
Did you know that you can make your own hair removal wax with just THREE ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen? That’s right, if you’ve got access to sugar, lemon juice, and water, then you’re already halfway there!
Sugar wax is super simple to make, will only set you back a couple of dollars, and is completely natural and safe for your skin (even your face!) It’s also water soluble, which makes for very easy cleanup, and it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin, as it is much less painful than regular wax!
To make your own batch of sugar wax, you will need:
- 1-2 cups of white, granulated sugar (use more or less depending on how hard or soft you want the wax to be)
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of water
Place all of the ingredients in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil over low/medium heat. You will want to make sure your pot is deep enough, as the mixture will rise as it is boiling.
Continuously stir the mixture as it comes to a boil, which should take around 5 minutes. Once it does, try not to leave it unsupervised, as the sugar can burn very quickly! Ideally, you will want to keep stirring as the mixture slowly changes colour. We are looking for a nice, golden brown colour, slightly darker than honey (the more sugar you add, the darker it will be.) You can remove the pot from the stove periodically to check the colour. Achieving the right colour and consistency is somewhat of a guessing game, but if you get it wrong the first time, it’s a pretty easy fix!
Once your mixture is finished cooking, transfer into a container of your choosing (I.e. A mason jar or small plastic container.). NOTE: If you are using a glass jar, be sure to warm it up beforehand by pouring in some hot water for a few minutes to avoid the jar shattering all over your counter when you pour your sugar.
Be sure to let the mixture cool sufficiently before applying it to your skin! It will continue to darken and harden as it cools, so don’t worry if you see that happening. For soft wax, you want a consistency similar to/slightly thicker than honey. For hard wax, you’ll want it quite a bit firmer, so that you can work it with your hands.
Try a small text patch on your skin first. If the wax cools down and is still too runny. You can pour it back into a pot to cook for a few more minutes. When you are working with the wax, you want it to be warm enough that it is easy to work with, but not so hot that it burns your skin!
To use: apply the wax in the OPPOSITE direction of hair growth, and pull off WITH the direction of growth (you may notice that this is opposite to traditional waxing methods). Make sure to pull off PARALLEL to the skin, rather than pulling directly upwards. Then, immediately apply pressure to the skin with your hand to relieve pain and prevent bruising.
For best results, hair should be approximately 1/4-1/2 an inch in length. Hair that is too short will be hard for the wax or grip. Hair that’s too long will be much more painful to remove!
I prefer to use the softer wax, as I like to use Cloth Strips to remove it. You can also use the hard sugar with just your hands alone, if you know the proper sugaring technique (there are plenty of tutorials YouTube to check out!), this method is great because it uses much less product, and you can really get at those harder to reach, pesky hairs, much more easily.
When you’re done, just wipe down with a damp cloth, or jump in the shower to remove the excess stickiness. Enjoy your hairless legs for a blissful 2-4 weeks!
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