Making Your Own Sugar Wax Treatment
How to Make Sugar Wax
Getting your hair waxed at the salon can be an expensive trip. But you can also mix together the three very inexpensive ingredients yourself and perform a home waxing treatment with impressive results every time. The only things you will need are sugar, lemon juice and water. Sugar waxing is also a painless procedure when compared to the hot waxing treatment.
You will need these three Ingredients:
1 cup– granulated white sugar
1/4 cup — lemon juice (preferably bottled)
2 cups — warm water
Making the Wax
You will need a medium to large sized pot to create the wax. While this recipe doesn’t make a very large amount of wax, the amount you will need for a pair of legs, the mixture tends to bubble and expand while cooking. A larger pot keeps this from running over the sides.
The next step is to add the ingredients. Begin by measuring out the correct portions of granulated sugars and throw them in the pot. To this add the lemon juice and water and begin mixing until completely combined. You need to use a sugar that contains large crystals like white or granulated brown sugar. Powdered sugar varieties will not work.
Allow the mixture to come to a full boil on a high heat. As this happens, the ingredients melt together and you will stir the contents of the pot frequently to keep the mixture from burning. If the mixture is allowed to burn, it will turn to hard candy when cooled, as opposed to the soft wax that can be applied to the skin.
Reduce the heat once the boiling becomes strong and bubbly. Continue to mix the ingredients on medium flame. If you see the sugars are still boiling rapidly at a medium flame reduce the flame further. You will see that the sugars have almost completely dissolved into the liquids by now. As the boiling and bubbling continue you can reduce the flame all the way to low to prevent the sugars from boiling.
Once the contents reach a golden brown color your sugar wax is ready. Continue to stir the mixture as the contents simmer on a low flame. When the consistency is smooth and much like hot syrup, if the consistency is thick like honey, heat it a bit more. Once the consistency is just right and the colors full, remove this pot to a cool burner.
Pour the contents into a suitable bowl or container. This is not the type of wax that should be used hot or even warm, like you would a conventional wax. Place the contents in a glass jar and allow them to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes. If the wax is till not cool completely by the time your return give it another five minutes.
Applying Sugar Wax
Grab a small glob of wax with your fingers. The wax should be cool to the touch and comfortable to use your fingers for the entire process. Although many people find a butter knife of popsicle stick to be a better option. Roll the glob of sugar wax into a ball in your hands and place this ball on your finger tips or spreading utensil.
Apply the wax to a section of your skin and use your fingers, the butter knife or popsicle stick to spread. Be sure to apply the wax in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Spread the wax till you have an even layer about a quarter inch thick across the strip of skin. You want to work across the leg in sections no wider than an inch or two.
Its all done with a deep breath and sharp pull. Get a grip on the wax and yank, simple as that. Make sure you grip is firm, your direction is correct — the opposite of the hair growth– and bombs away. It smarts a bit. But, if you make it quick it’s no problem .
- Some people say that rolling the wax off is gentler on the skin. There’s no proof of that and it really prolongs the pain.
- If it makes it easier on you, you can apply a paper strip to the top of the wax before the pull. Smooth them out and pull the paper.
Continue this slow and laborious process till your entire legs are done. A single strip of wax can actually be used multiple times before its hair tugging power is full depleted. You can also apply a fresh mount as needed.
Anything leftover can be used again later. Simply store this away in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. It can be used for another 4 to 5 weeks. Simply warm the container in a pot of boiling water before using and repeat the process.