DIY Wax For Hair Removal At Home

how to make your own wax for hair removal
DIY wax for hair removal at home

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was about 12 years old when this girl at school sneered at me for having hairy/bushy eyebrows. Here I was, a young tween sporting a caterpillar-esque bush brow when the overly tweezed look was in. The second school was over I ran home and told my mom what happened, whining because she wouldn’t allow me to pluck or tweeze my eyebrows. And, let’s be real, my mustache. She gave in and threaded my eyebrows when she could no longer handle my petulance. I went back to school the next day having the fleekiest eyebrows. Winning. 

That was 12 years ago. 12 years later and I’m still here trying to get rid of all this hair. I definitely understand anyone who’s searching for hair removal recipes. I gotchu. Luckily, making your own DIY wax for hair removal is super easy. You only need 3 ingredients and barely any elbow grease.

DIY Wax For Hair Removal at Home

how to make your own wax for hair removal

DIY wax for hair removal at home

Ingredients |

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (from a bottle is preferred because it doesn’t have any seeds or pulp)

Directions |

DIY wax recipe. how to make your own wax for hair removal

DIY wax for hair removal at home

Combine the three ingredients into a sauce pan, stir together, and boil for 10 minutes while stirring continuously.

To test that your wax is ready, simply drop a few droplets into some water. It is ready if it holds its shape and solidifies in the water. If it kind of dissolves into the water then continue boiling for a little while longer. You want the consistency to be syrupy and smooth!

Before applying it to your skin allow it to cool. You want it to be warm so it spreads nicely, but you don’t want to burn yourself!

I use wax strips you can buy from Sally Beauty, but you can use 100% cotton fabric. I used to use old bed sheets and just cut them into strips and it works fine! Plus you can toss them in the wash and reuse them.

This amount makes enough for a small mason jar, which you can store at room temperature. Even though it contains sugar, we don’t get ants or anything! Simply pop it in the microwave when you want to reuse it or heat it back up on the stove. Easy peasy.

Tips for beginners:

Let’s say you’re waxing your leg. Apply a thin layer and then hold your skin back tight. Holding your skin tight when pulling off the wax strip helps because it’s less likely to pull on your skin. Also, pull the strip off in the opposite direction your hair grows!

My skin tends to get irritated afterwards so I just use a cotton round to dab on some milk and it instantly soothes the skin.

I hope this was helpful! What do you do for hair removal? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • the Whitney Story

    SO weird I just tired this last night! It does work really well :-)

  • Tessy Onyia

    Am gonna try this, lovely post, great tips.

  • Need to try this! Will definitely save me a lot of money haha :D

  • Susan
  • Hannah | Daily Opulence

    Wow! Definitely need to give this a go!

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  • I never tried wax removal at home before! Will bookmark this for future reference. Thanks for sharing this to us! X

  • I definitely need to try this out to see if I like this technique or not :)
    Kathy x

  • Wow, I never knew you could do this at home, I will have to give it a go!
    Beth x xx

  • Stephanie Hartley

    I only started waxing properly earlier on this year and I’m 22! I’d always been far too nervous to go to a salon, but after letting my sister ‘experiment’ with it on me (note to self, never again) I bit the bullet haha. This looks fab and really affordable!

    Steph –

  • This sounds so simple! I was really afraid to get my hair waxed for the first time, somehow I got over that but its still painful for me every time since my skin is very sensitive. Really gonna try this easy recipe of yours. Super cool!:)

    • I hope you like this recipe! It was so painful for me in the beginning! It’s still not pleasant, but it’s more just uncomfortable.

  • What an amazing post! I’ll be bookmarking it to try one day for sure ^_^ I’ve only tried waxing once and it was one of those kits non-heat, a totally sticky disaster! But us poor brown gals always get made fun of at one point or another for our hair at secondary school :( I remember this kid being like ‘….why are your arms hairier than mine???’ and I was like WOW Y SO RUDE. Hahaha #browngalprobzzz

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Ready made wax never works for my thick brown girl hair hahah! Oh girl these girls in middle school always thought I was weird for waxing my arms and then once we were in high school they started shaving their arms so I was like okay… seriously #browngirlproblems

  • I have used this trick quite a few times. it totally works. Thanks for sharing btw. :)

  • Best for girls, useful blog i seen ever. I will try it.