We all know that one of the most popular hair removal methods out there today is waxing.
Waxing is so popular that there are salons and spas that offer the service everywhere. There are even home waxing kits available for purchase in stores all around, so all you have to do is reheat the tub in the microwave before you start waxing away.
Waxing is so accessible that it most definitely has become a mainstay in the world of hair removal.
One of the main downsides to waxing, however, is the mounting cost of treatments. The fact that waxing is not a permanent solution means that you will have to go back for additional treatments twice a week or once a month, depending on the rate of growth of your hair. If you find yourself unable to keep up with these costs over time (because they really do add up!), then perhaps it would be wise to do it yourself and wax right at home, with sugar wax you can make right from your very own kitchen.
Many might balk at the idea of doing their own leg waxing. Most would probably run away from the very idea of doing their own Brazilian waxes. But the fact is doing your waxing yourself (provided you’re brave enough to do it!) can save you quite a lot of money, and allow you to go at your own pace. With enough practice, you’ll find that doing your own waxing can be very rewarding, and can also save you a lot of money in the long run.
Risks of DIY Waxing
Before we jump right into the recipe and how to do your own waxing, let’s discuss the risks involved first.
When doing your own waxing, be careful of the temperature of your wax – a very common mistake many make is using wax that is far too hot which can result in severe burns.
Make sure that before you apply the wax onto your skin that you test it first, to see if the temperature is warm but not scalding. Also ensure that you are pulling the hair off correctly – you must pull against the grain, but flat against the skin.
Do not pull upwards as that can result in a LOT of pain!
Sugar Waxing Recipe & How To:
You will need:
Raw Sugar (1 cup)
Water (2 tbsps)
Fresh Lemon Juice (2tbsps)
Cooking Pot (medium sized)
Stainless Steel Bowl
Cloth Strips (2-3 inches wide, 6 to 12 inches long)
Heat the cooking pot before putting the water, lemon juice and sugar in. Heat until it is at a slow boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer. Simmer until it is golden, and has become smooth in texture. Remove and transfer into your steel bowl (if you use glass, make sure you use oven grade).
Allow to cool for a while. Darkening is natural.
As it cools, wash your legs clean, dry them well, and apply some cornstarch in a light dusting. This allows the wax to grab onto the hairs more easily.
When you’re ready and the wax has cooled enough, take about a ping pong ball sized clump of the wax, knead till smooth, then apply it in the direction of the hair. Take your cloth strip and press it onto the wax, but don’t pull right away! Let the wax cool until it’s about the same as the temperature of your body. Once it’s cooled, grip the edge of the strip, then pull FAST (like ripping off a bandaid!) against the direction of the growth of the hair. Pull along the skin, not upwards and away to avoid unnecessary pain.
DIY Waxing Aftercare
Once you’re done waxing, you may find you have some sugary wax residue. Wash it off, then apply a natural oil like jojoba or perhaps sunflower, to help reduce redness and irritation if any has occurred. Do not wet the area for at least 12 hours, just to avoid any possible further irritation. Throw the extra wax out if any remains – make a new batch every time you wax your legs!
Don’t attempt to wax sensitive areas like the brows and the bikini line with this recipe – those areas require a different formula for more sensitive skin!
Doing it yourself for the very first time is scary, and is almost always the worst and the hardest. You’ll likely make some errors the first time around, but that’s okay. And you might not get all the hair the first time you try as you are still getting used to the process, but you’ll get used to it in no time. If you need to go over an area because you missed some hairs, wait a couple of days!