Removing body hair is a painful but necessary job for many people. Although it’s typically something reserved for women, there are plenty of men who require hair removal, as well. Of course, having this done professionally can get costly fast.
If you’re the DIY type and don’t mind creating your own body hair removal recipe, you’re going to want to stick around. This is a safe and effective money-saving all-natural technique that is sure to serve you well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “sugaring,” let’s take a moment to explore its origins.
Where It All Started
Sugaring dates back to ancient times, with historic data showing that this hair removal technique started sometime around 1900 BC. And because sugar was once confined to areas like Persia, history tells us that warm honey was likely the first ingredient used in sugaring.
Studies indicate that sugaring is popular in the Middle East, as well as in Turkey and Iran. The reason sugaring is so widespread is due to its safety and effectiveness.
So effective are sugaring methods that they are often compared to traditional waxing. But what makes “sugar waxing” superior to conventional waxing is that homemade sugar wax doesn’t stick to your skin.
Instead, it is a true hair removal-only technique that is far less painful than other methods. Sugar waxing is ideal for people with sensitive skin since it’s safe for all skin types. What’s more, you needn’t worry about burning your skin like that of traditional waxing techniques.
This is because sugar wax can be applied to your body at lukewarm or room temperatures, leaving you feeling far more comfortable than the notoriously hot waxing method of hair removal.
How Do You Make Sugar Wax?
That’s the million-dollar question and one that we’re going to answer for you here. The sugar wax recipe is incredibly easy to make, thus saving you money on expensive, over-the-counter concoctions and time.
Moreover, since sugar is a natural preservative, you can look forward to your sugar wax recipe lasting for quite some time. As such, you can make a single batch and hang on to it for later use.
Before we get started, there are a few ingredients and items you’ll need to round up.
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1/4 cup of water
- A glass jar or airtight container; the shallower the better
- A bowl of water; temperature doesn’t matter
- A candy thermometer
Once you have everything ready, it’s time to get started making your very own sugar wax. If you wish to make a whole bunch of sugaring wax, you can always double or triple the ingredients from above.
- Begin by pouring 1 cup of sugar into the bottom of your saucepan. Try to avoid getting any sugar on the sides of the pan.
- Pour in your water and 1/4 cup lemon juice (but not your bowl of water), making sure not to leave any dry sugar.
- Over at your oven, place your saucepan on medium-high to medium heat. Use caution with the heat you use, as you may need to make slight adjustments to avoid burning
- Since you are essentially making caramel, it’s best to avoid any heavy stirring, as this can mess with the end result. If you must stir to get all of the ingredients combined, do so lightly and gently.
- Next, you want to watch your mixture, waiting until your mixture turns into a honey-like color. The key is to not let it get too dark. As soon as it hits that golden color, take your saucepan away from the heat. Check its temperature with your candy thermometer. You want it to be 240°F. If need be, place your saucepan back over the heat and wait for it to reach the right temperature.
- If you’re ready to put your sugar wax recipe to the test, you first want to let it cool enough to where it is safe to touch. When ready, get your hands wet using your bowl of water and scoop out a sizable amount of your freshly-made DIY sugar wax.
- Begin kneading it like you would taffy, stretching and folding it. This juncture is key, as it will let you know if the consistency of your sugaring wax is correct. If your hands are left with syrup on them, you’re using too much water. Dry your hands a bit and starting kneading again.
- Once the sugar wax is opaque, it’s ready to use. Roll it into a ball and follow the next steps for safe hair removal.
If you’re not ready to use your DIY wax-at-home concoction, it’s important to make sure that you store it correctly. First, roll all of your sugaring wax into a ball. Using your shallow glass jar, lightly oil the inside and place the DIY sugar in it. This will ensure that you can easily remove the ball when you’re ready to use it.
Using Your Sugar Wax Recipe
- You first want to make sure that your hair is between 1/4- and 1/2-inch long. If your hair is too long, it will cause you more pain when you try to remove it.
- Make sure that your skin is clean and dry. That means no oils or lotions.
- Start at the bottom of the site that you intend to remove hair from.
- Place your ball of sugar wax against your skin
- Using three fingers, push the sugaring wax ball into your skin, but make sure that it’s in the opposite direction of hair growth.
- Without letting the sugaring wax lift, re-stretch it across the entire waxing site. You want to make sure that you have good coverage and that it’s sticking well. If your DIY sugar wax happens to pull off of your skin when you try to re-stretch it, there is too much moisture.
- To combat this problem, use a small amount of corn starch or arrowroot powder on the site of your skin, as this will help absorb any excess moisture.
- No matter where you are sugar waxing, whether your legs, bikini line, or elsewhere, you must keep your skin taut before you start pulling. Remember, pulling in the direction of the hair is equally important.
- Keeping the sugaring wax parallel with your body, pull it away from your skin but in the direction of hair growth.
- Reshape the ball and repeat the above process. You may continue using the same sugar wax ball until it loses its stickiness. When this finally happens, simply replace the used waxing ball with a new one from your mixture.
Follow Up Care
When you have successfully removed the desired amount of hair, it’s time to play clean-up. Your skin is likely to feel sticky from the sugar paste mixture you just had on your legs or body. To remove it, you just need some warm water and a washcloth.
Avoid using body wash or any other kind of soap. In fact, you want to avoid showering for at least 24 hours. Also, try not to do anything that will cause you to sweat, and take care not to put anything on the site you waxed.
You want to wait a total of 48 hours before you exfoliate the site. After which, you may repeat sugaring anywhere from two to three times a week. By continuing to wax at home often throughout the week, you can effectively prevent ingrown hairs.
If you often struggle with ingrown hairs on your legs or other areas of your body, it’s a good habit to keep sugaring. Your unwanted hairs are removed without the hair follicle, thus providing a much more comfortable experience without the risk of your hair getting infected.
Can You Make Sugar Wax With Just Sugar and Water?
Lemon juice is needed to ensure that the mixture forms properly. Therefore, lemon juice is just as essential as the other ingredients. When you add it to sugar water in the right amounts, you get the perfect consistency needed to safely remove your unwanted hair.
What’s more, the natural ingredients used in sugaring are much safer for your skin compared to traditional hot wax. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two waxing methods so you’ll know what to expect from both.
It’s worth mentioning that you may come across other sugaring recipes that call for salt or apple cider vinegar. These are completely unnecessary and should be avoided. Sugaring is all about simplicity and ease-of-use. Adding more ingredients only serves to complicate things. Just stick with sugar, water, and lemon juice, and you’ll be in good shape.
What Is the Difference Between Sugar Wax and Regular Wax?
With sugaring, the sugar paste won’t stick to your top layer of skin. Instead, only your unwanted hair is adhered to. While some similarities are present, hot wax is a different experience entirely.
As we’ve discussed, sugaring is much easier on you and your skin. You don’t have the pain associated with sugaring as you do with natural wax treatments. As such, sugaring is the preferred beauty regimen for hair removal.
As we outlined above, you can see that the sugaring process is simple and straightforward. You spread the ball of wax sugar on your skin while staying “against the grain” of your hair growth and then pull in the direction of your hair growth.
It’s that easy. You are left with smooth, healthy skin that isn’t at risk of getting burned in the process.
Hot wax, on the other hand, can be quite painful and you are at risk of getting burned. If you’ve never been the subject of a hot wax treatment, here’s what you can expect.
When you go in for a traditional waxing or choose to do it at home, your skin first needs to be cleaned. This is typically done using a powder or oil. Why is this needed? Wax can leave your skin irritated and uncomfortable.
As such, it needs to be properly cleaned to reduce the irritation that you’re likely to experience every time you go in for treatment.
Next, the wax is applied in the same direction as your hair growth. Cloth strips are usually placed on top of the wax, although paper is sometimes used instead. At this juncture, the entire cloth strip is removed, going against your hair’s natural direction of growth.
The problem with this is that it tends to break hairs in the process. So not only do your hairs get painfully pulled in a way that can leave them broken rather than removed, but your skin is also tugged, causing further unnecessary discomfort.
Because there is so much pain associated with traditional waxing, only small or medium-sized areas are waxed at a time. After your hair has been successfully removed, lotions or serums are applied to your skin to help reduce irritation.
You are likely to have leftover wax residue on your skin after waxing. This can be removed using a cleanser with oil-based ingredients.
Getting the Best Sugar Wax
To ensure that you get the best results in your sugaring ventures, it’s important to understand the heating process during preparation. You will likely have to heat your mixture a couple of times in the creation process to get it just right.
Remember, you can heat your mixture more to get the right color, but you can’t heat it less. As such, it’s best to get to the light honey color stage and apply more heat from there.
Where you live can also affect the heating process, so it’s possible that you’ll need to heat to a higher temperature. If you live in an area that is hot and humid, try heating your sugar wax ball to a temperature of 250°F or 260°F.
This will help prevent the mixture from getting too sticky when it’s time to start kneading it. Keep in mind that the warmer your sugar wax is, the firmer it will be. If you must heat to a firmer consistency, it is advised that you knead it well before storing it. If you don’t, you will have to reheat your sugar ball just to get it out of the glass jar or container.
There is definitely a fine line that needs to be toed when making sugar wax. The more heat you use, the softer the mixture will be. But it will eventually get to the point where too much causes the mixture to burn or harden.
That said, you’re probably going to have to play around with different temperatures until you find the right balance between heat and consistency. Don’t get discouraged if you ruin your first couple of batches.
The great thing about sugaring is that its ingredients are incredibly affordable. So it’s not like you’re going to be out a bunch of money if you ruin a couple or even several batches. Once you get the process down, you will have an effective hair removal tool in your DIY arsenal. Enjoy!