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
- 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)
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.
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