I used to be a shaver. I used to love to shave my legs. Yes, used to. That's because a few months ago, a friend of mine introduced sugar-waxing at home to me and since then, I'm officially hooked. Persian waxing, what we otherwise call sugar waxing has been on going in one form, or another for the past 4,000 years. But there's more to it that meets the eye.
What is Home Sugar Waxing?
Over the years, sugar hair removal has become a really popular and common option when it comes to eliminating body hair in the comfort of your own home. There are two known advantages to sugar waxing.
1. This is a great product wherein you can be sure that it is 100% natural. This is a homemade wax that can be created using ingredients that are all natural hence you can be sure that you will not cause any harm on your skin.
2. If you sugar wax yourself in the comfort of your own home, you will be able to save a lot of money. The process is really easy to complete but just like any other procedure, there are important things that you need to always remember so that you can enjoy the great results of sugar waxing.
Are you excited to start making sugar-wax at home? I was too during my first attempt. However, this goes beyond just following a set of instructions so before anything else, let me tell you a secret or two.
What Not to Do When Sugar-Waxing at Home?
1.) Do not immediately assume that it will cook right the first time. On average, it will take you about 10 to 15 minutes to prepare a medium-sized container of sugar wax. As we know time goes fast and if ever you get-distracted or perhaps keep the wax while in high heat, it will definitely burn. You will know if the wax that you cooked is not good by dipping a spoon into a mixture and placing it under running water. Take a pinch of the wax and hold it between your fingers. If it hardens after a few-seconds then you have-to-make a new batch.
How can you avoid this? You can purchase a candy-thermometer! White-sugar wax is already done if it has a light caramel color and its temperature is at 2400. On the other hand, brown-sugar wax is ready by the time it reaches 2600. In order for you to get the correct temperature, put the thermometer inside the pot without-touching the bottom. This will help you avoid burning your sugar wax.
2.) Do not pour excess wax in the garbage disposal or worse, the sink because this will cause clog. You can remedy this by dissolving the wax as you pour hot water on it. This will take time so better yet, just avoid it.
When it comes to proper disposal of sugar wax, all you need to do is to let the wax cool-down. Once it's already lukewarm, place it inside a plastic bag so that you can properly get rid of it.
Now that you know my secrets, let's start making sugar wax!
Steps in Making Your Own Sugar Wax
There are actually many sugaring solutions and natural waxing that you can buy at a low cost however, there are some people (including myself) who get satisfaction by making their own wax-at-home. The recipes are quite simple. As long as you are able to get the right proportions of the ingredients, acquire the specific temperature and cooking time then you can produce a sugar paste with the right consistency.
These are the ingredients:
1. 2 cups of sugar (It's up to you if you want to use white or brown sugar)
2. 1/4 cup lemon juice
3. 1/4 cup water
Follow these directions:
1.) Put the sugar in a large sauce pan and then slowly add the lime juice and then the water.
2.) As you put it over a low flame, make sure that you stir constantly until the sugar darkens.
3.) In order for you to check if it's already properly cooked, follow the instructions I mentioned above about using a candy thermometer.
4.) Once done, pour the contents into a plastic container and let it cool down.
5.) Once you think that the mixture is already warm and spreadable, test the warmth over a small portion of your skin first.
6.) If everything is good, then you can start waxing yourself away.
Once you already have your own mixture, you can apply it on all the areas of your body including under arms, legs, arms, eyebrows, upper lip and even the bikini line. Sugar-waxing at home is considered safe and by doing it, you will be enjoying a removal method that can be easily performed, cleaned and inexpensive.