Forget the tedious routine of shaving your legs on a daily basis, and say goodbye to painful waxing treatments. The very best option for hair removal may be right under your nose, most likely hiding out in the pantry of your kitchen. So what is this mysterious and very natural hair removal product? It is something very sweet and very effective: Sugar. Yes, sugar. The treatment of sugaring, has been used since 1900 BC in regions surrounding ancient Persia as a form of natural and effective hair removal. Before there were fancy wax treatments, there was sugaring, commonly used with honey to remove hair from the skin. Usually the sugaring agent is heated up to at least a luke warm temperature, applied to the skin evenly, (where hair removal is desired) and ripped off with a strip of cloth or paper. Unlike many waxes that contain synthetic ingredients, using natural sugaring techniques will leave your skin smooth and irritation free. Sugaring is also believed to be less painful as it doesn’t stick to the skin as strongly as many other waxes do. Below is an easy-to-follow recipe and technique for natural hair removal using ancient sugaring techniques.
First and foremost you must acquire the right ingredients. Most sugaring recipes are simple, quick to make and cost-effective. Below are the main ingredients you will need before creating your natural hair removal paste.
- 170g white cane sugar
- 120ml of lemon water
- 120ml of water
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into a heavy saucepan and turn heat onto medium high. Stir continuously so the contents don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. When the contents reach a boil, immediately turn down heat and let simmer for at least 25 minutes. The consistency and colour of the paste should start to change, becoming darker and darker as time goes on. The final color should be a dark amber colour. When you notice this colour developing, remove and let cool for about 15 minutes. Next place in an airtight container to store.
If you notice that your sugaring agent has come out too ¨hard¨, try adding more water and zapping it in the microwave for a few minutes.
How to use
Now that you have created your sugaring agent, it’s time to put it to use. You will need the following materials for your waxing session:
- Prepared and sugaring agent (heated up to a lukewarm temperature)
- 10 strips of a cotton or linen shirt (more or less depending on how much hair you are looking to remove)
- Mental preparation (although I promise it is not as painful as regular waxing!)
Before applying the sugaring agent, wash the skin thoroughly with an unscented soap and warm water. Apply baby powder or corn starch to help absorb the natural moisture of the skin. This will make it easier for the sugaring agent to sink deep into the pores. Using a flat wooden spoon or spatula, apply the mixture directly onto skin in the direction of natural hair growth. Place a strip of fabric onto the mixture and let it cool and harden completely. Once hardened, tug on the bottom corners of your strip to see if it has correctly adhered to your arm. If it has, pull against the direction of your hair growth. Repeat until all desired hair has been removed.
Benefits of sugaring
Now that you have the recipe and technique for creating a home sugaring treatment you will reap the benefits of never paying too much at a fancy spa again. While it is fun to treat yourself every once in a while, creating a home sugaring treatment will save you a ton of money in the end! What are the other benefits of creating and using this recipe? Well, it is absolutely 100% free from harsh chemicals that can cause irritation and swelling of the skin. It is also less likely to cause “broken hairs”, which are caused by wax not bonding strongly enough to deeply rooted hairs. According to some studies, regular salon waxing can an leave 15-30% breakage behind, natural sugaring creates a paste that wraps around the hair, removing its root. It´s less painful! Most people who have tried natural sugaring compared with normal waxing techniques, agree that natural wax is the way to go!