If there’s one thing women hate doing everyday, it’s shaving. It just so turns out that shaving is the least permanent and most repetitive method of hair removal we could use.
Aside from shaving, waxing is another very popular technique. But there is one more approach that is often overlooked: sugaring. Sugaring is one of the oldest methods of hair removal and is now regaining its popularity.
We all know that shaving is annoying, and most of us know that waxing can be very painful.
Yeah, not so much.
Let’s not forget about expensive: razors are not cheap, and you end up throwing them out once a week. Also, going to the salon for a wax can cost anywhere from $40-$100+ each visit.
The solution: A body sugaring recipe…
This recipe is by no means new; variations of this technique have been around for thousands of years. The following is a trial and error method I created so that you are successful and hopefully get it right the first time! (Unlike myself.)
You will need:
2 cups of sugar
3 tbsp. water
1/3 cup lemon juice (approximately 1 large lemon)
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat for 40 minutes as it simmers. Tip: you will need to stir the mixture every minute to ensure it does not burn. If you feel as if your mixture is not simmering well enough, turn up the heat progressively and continue to stir.
The trick here is to have your sugar mixture thick enough so that it’s not too sticky, but soft enough to be pliable over skin. The darker the mixture gets, the more caramelized it has become, and it should look like this:
CAUTION: The sugar will need to cool for at least half an hour at room temperature. Attempting to touch the sugar will result in a burn.
You can judge the temperature of the sugar by touching the bottom of the bowl. If it has cooled, use your fingers to pull a small amount of the sugar out of the bowl and roll it around in your hands until you can feel it becoming stretchy. Now it’s ready to use!
Apply the wax opposite the direction of hair growth by pressing it into the skin in one direction. Now simply pull away in the opposite direction (pulling with the direction of hair growth.) Most of the hair will come out in one try, depending on the thickness and density of your hair. Also, sugars and waxes tend to work best on 1/4″ hair length, so keep that in mind when attempting this method. Here is a sugared portion of my arm; difficult to see because of the blonde hair, but noticeable:
Clean-Up and Storage
Sugar may be very sticky, but this formula is very easy to clean up with soap and warm water.
This specific recipe makes a generous amount, so you can store your extra sugar in the fridge in a sealed container until the next use. The great thing about this sugar is that it can be reheated over and over again. I recommend heating the bowl on a double broiler instead of the microwave because the heat distribution is often uneven in the microwave.