Matilda loves sharing her discoveries in beauty and skincare along with her many tried and tested DIYs that are guaranteed to work for all.
I have personally always preferred wax over any other methods of hair removal. Not only does it remove the hair efficiently, but it also exfoliates the skin, leaving you smooth and glowing after you’ve waxed. Furthermore, it isn’t harmful like the chemicals used in hair removal creams that most people use, and it doesn't irritate sensitive skin. It only requires three ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen!
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp water
- corn starch, as required
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- Mix the water into the lemon mixture. This will give you about a 1/4 cup of liquid. Put this liquid in a pot (preferably a small one) because it’s more manageable for a beginner. Most of the recipes that I came across used vinegar or honey, but that is completely unnecessary and not easy to perfect.
- Combine all of your measured ingredients into the pot. Instead of putting it on high heat, go for medium-high heat because you do not want to burn the mixture and turn it into hard candy (even if some of us would like that.)
- You have to start stirring the mixture as soon as the pot gets on that stove by either using a whisk or a wooden spoon. This ensures that the paste does not burn and combines to form a clear liquid.
- Keep an eye on the mixture to determine if it’s ready to use. If you see a lot of foaming, feel free to turn the heat down. This does take a while so be patient ladies! As soon as you start to see the mixture turn from a light yellow to a slight golden color (something that looks like golden syrup), take it off the stove. Keep stirring to cool it down. You will notice quite a bit of foaming, but that goes down as you keep moving it.
- To determine if the texture of the paste is perfect for the wax, all you need to do is take a spoon and check if the syrup is still thin and runny, and let it cool all the while stirring it to make the process quicker.
- When the mixture cools down, take it out of the pot with your hands by first soaking them in water, so the wax does not stick to your hands and knead the wax. Keep a bowl of water next to you as you knead it just in case if the wax starts to get too sticky in your hands. Continue to knead the dough into a ball.
- Try it on! Take some cornstarch and rub it onto the area you want to remove the hair from and apply a small amount of wax against the direction of the hair growth, and then pull it in the direction of the hair growth this is an important rule to remember when using sugar wax!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.