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Sugaring: The All Natural Hair Removal Technique

A sweeter alternative to waxing

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I’ve tried a lot of DIY beauty techniques in my time, looking for ways to save money or find natural remedies that will be kind to my poor sensitive skin. ‘Sugaring’ to me sounded like some clever baking technique involving icing sugar and a really impressive looking cake. so discovering that it was actually a way to remove body hair, using only 3 ingredients definitely stirred the lazy beauty buff within me. What’s more is that it’s completely vegan and completely safe.

Lemon above the water

What is Sugaring?

Sugaring is a natural way to remove body hair, with wax made entirely from sugar, lemon juice and water. Nothing else. It’s easily done at home and it’s much cheaper than other hair removal methods. Many also suggest it’s less painful and can last much longer than normal waxing.

The ingredients are heated and melted down to create what is basically syrup, it’s so natural that you can eat it, and therefore you can pretty much safely use it on any part of your body.

Step by Step on Making Sugar Wax

There’s a number of ways that this can be done, if you don’t fancy doing it yourself then there are professionals out there who will do it for you. If you do decide to do it from home then do some reading first, or watch a couple of video tutorials.

Here’s my step-by-step guide on making the sugar wax. There are a lot of different recipes and techniques out there and I followed a few before I was happy with the colour and consistency of the wax.  

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of white sugar (about 400ml to 1 Pint)
  • ¼ cup (50-60ml) lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (50-60ml) water
  • Waxing strips (fabric or otherwise)

 

Step 1:

Add all the ingredients to a pan and cook on a medium heat, making sure to stir constantly. Do this for about 10 minutes. The sugar will turn to liquid and should become frothy rather than bubbling. Adjust the heat if you feel necessary.

sugaring waxing ingredients in a kitchenmixing sugarng ingredients in a pan

Step 2:

Once all the sugar has dissolved the wax should be clear and runny. You also want it to turn a brownish colour, something similar to the colour of honey or golden syrup. Some wait for the wax to cool in the pan before transferring it into a jar or a bowl. However if you have a heat resistant glass jug or something similar, then I’d suggest transferring the mixture straight away. As the wax cools it becomes thicker and therefore harder to pour or transfer.

creating sugaring 'wax' on hobcooking sugar on hob and mixng with wooden spoon

Step 3:

Get a cup of tea. Letting the mixture cool down takes a bit of time, but it’s very important because the mixture will obviously stick to your skin, so make sure it’s at body or room temperature before using it.

 

Step 4:

At this point, the mixture should be warm but cool enough to touch and still a runny consistency. You can use a butter knife, a tongue depressor, or your hands (although that’s definitely a messier option), to spread the wax onto your skin in the direction going against the growth of the hair. Add a strip over it, press down and leave for a few seconds.

pouring sugar wax mix into jugletting the sugarwax cool before applying

Step 5:

Take a deep breath and quickly pull off the strip. Take a moment to recover from the pain, and then repeat.

 

Is it Worth it?

female model posing with one hairless underarm up

Many DIY or home remedies can often be a bit of a myth or can have disappointing results, so I was a little apprehensive before trying this method. However, Sugaring is definitely something worth giving a go, especially if you’re looking for an easy and natural way to remove hair. It’s cheap, and it’s a good opportunity to take some time for self care. You might need to persevere with it a little more than normal wax, or possibly use it on smaller areas of the body, such as eyebrows or upper lip, but the fact that it’s so safe to use on these areas, makes it a perfect wax alternative.

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