Waxing yourself at home sounds daunting and maybe even dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be. Instead of forking over the big bucks to have someone do it for you, try going for it yourself with an all-natural homemade wax recipe.
Put together a few simple ingredients and and you’ve got yourself an easy and safe way to get rid of unwanted hair (even down there).
This recipe for homemade wax melts down sugar until it becomes caramel. It then includes honey for fragrance and soothing effects. The lemon juice acts as an astringent of sorts and offers antibacterial benefits.
Homemade Wax for Hair Removal
Good for 1-2 waxing sessions
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- Up to 4 tablespoons of water
- Cloth from an old shirt
Put the sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it melts. Use a wooden spatula to mix the sugar when it has nearly completely melted. Be careful from this point on not to come in contact with the mixture – it is scalding hot! Once melted, add the honey and lemon juice. The mixture will bubble, so stay cautious while continuing to mix. Mix until evenly combined and thickened. If too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the consistency of a thick caramel that holds together but can still be spread easily.
Take the pan off the stove and let cool a bit before applying to the skin. Meanwhile, brush baby powder or corn starch over the area you’d like to wax. This will help the wax to stick only to the hair – not the skin. Cut cloth into strips about 2-3 inches wide and 6 inches long.
Use a wooden popsicle stick or a spatula to smear the wax over the desired area in the direction the hair grows. Hair should not be too short or the wax will not catch to it. Likewise, it should not be too long, or else waxing will be incredibly uncomfortable. Place the cloth atop the wax and apply pressure as you rub across its length and width. Count to 5. Hold one end of the cloth and rip it in the direction opposite of hair growth.
Once finished, apply a light tonic, such as rose water to calm the area and then apply a natural oil to moisturize and calm. I prefer to use coconut oil, argan oil or grapeseed oil.
If you have leftover wax, store in it the refrigerator and reheat for the next use.
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