Sugaring hair removal, an ancient middle-eastern practice uses an all natural paste or gel made from food-derived ingredients like sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. The results can last up to six weeks. While there are many recipes, only natural ingredients are used in real recipe. It’s also been called sugar waxing, although not a correct term, because it’s done very similar to waxing.
Getting rid of hair can be easy, and almost painless. If you just have a few stray hairs, plucking them out with tweezers may be the simplest method for a quick fix. For larger areas, you can use a method of hair removal called body sugaring. You can remove the hair at home with basic ingredients from the grocery store.
For a more permanent solution, try laser therapy or electrolysis, but for a natural and inexpensive method of hair removal, try body sugaring. You’ll nee to wait for the hair to grow in a little. Hair must be about 1/4 inch long so the sugar solution can sufficiently grab it to pull it out.
Sugar Hair Removal Recipes
While many natural waxing and sugaring solutions are inexpensive to buy, some persons get satisfaction from making their own sugaring pastes at home.
Note however that while the recipes are quite simple, getting the correct proportions of the ingredients, the precise temperature and the cooking time exactly right can take much practice. It is an art to produce a sugaring paste with the right consistency which provides best results.
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of water
- Put the sugar in a large saucepan, add the lemon juice and water.
- Stir constantly over a low flame until the sugar is a dark brown.
- Pour into thick plastic storage containers and allow to cool. (These can be put in a microwave later for reheating if necessary.)
- Allow the sugar paste to cool until it is warm and spreadable.
- Be sure to test the warmth on a small portion of skin first. It is easy to burn oneself if the paste is too hot!
- If it cools too much and looses the correct consistency, put in a microwave oven for 10 to 20 seconds. Again, test the temperature before applying over a large area.
- 8 parts sugar syrup
- 1 part lemon juice
- 1 part mussed oil
- 2 parts water
- Put it on a medium heat for 45 minutes.
- When the mixture turns brown remove it from the heat.
- Add a little glycerin and let the mixture get cold.
Other Tips for Hair Removal
- To remove the hair by the root it must be at least 1/4 inch or 6 mm long. Longer hair should be trimmed to this length.
- Hair must be clean and dry before starting hair removal sugaring.
- Remove all creams and oils, towel dry and then apply talcum powder to ensure the skin is completely dry.
- Apply the sugaring paste in the direction of the hair growth.
- When pressing the cotton strip on top of the paste, leave a small section at the end free so it will be easy to hold when pulling back.
- If using a spatula to apply the paste use the edge not the flat side. This will help ensure a very thin layer is applied.
- Pull the strip back sharply against the direction of the hair growth. Do not lift the strip up or out away from the skin.
- Hold the skin firmly with one hand while you pull the strip back sharply with the other hand.
- Treat small areas at a time when hair removal sugaring on sensitive parts of the body.
- When heating the paste, either by microwave or oven, be absolutely sure the paste is just warm to the touch not hot. Otherwise burns to the skin may result.
- If using hot water to warm the paste container, be sure not to allow water into the paste. Sugar paste is water soluble and will be spoiled if the container is not sealed properly and water gets in.