Homemade Waxing

I don’t use this homemade waxing method too frequently because it’s time-consuming and messy. For a special occasion, it is an effective method of hair removal—it even works on the bikini line. For waxing strips, you can use an old sheet or buy some cheap muslin from a fabric store—cut either one into strips.

To make homemade sugar wax (enough to wax both legs), you’ll need: 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 260°F on a candy thermometer or the soft ball stage. It will turn brown and look similar to honey. Pour the wax into a clean glass jar and let cool for about 2 hours.

To use, heat the wax in a microwave for about 30 seconds or heat in a saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Check the temperature before applying to your skin to make sure it’s not too hot. I use a popsicle stick to apply the wax because the stick is washable and reusable, and later it’s biodegradable.

Apply the wax to your skin in the direction of the hair growth and lay the cloth strip on top. In a smooth but quick motion, pull the cloth strip back and away, going against the hair. You will probably have to wax the same area a couple of times to remove all the hair. I’ve used this for my legs and bikini line; others use it for their armpits and facial waxing, too.

To clean the strips, rinse them under hot water to remove the wax and hair, then wash in the washing machine with your regular laundry.

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