Body and facial hair removal is part of modern day grooming culture. While we have specialized razors, hair removal cream, and even laser hair removal available. You can even get on-the-go razors available. Still, shaving and waxing can be a pain, especially when it comes to hair removal of your bikini area.
Though such diverse and easy to use hair removal might seem like recently invented luxuries — and some methods are — the ritual of removing hair for beautification has been around for thousands of years.
An Ancient Recipe
The ancient Egyptians were an innovative and advanced culture that built intricate irrigation systems, invented door locks, black ink, and, of course, built the pyramids. They also had distinct and unique rituals for beauty. For example, they are known for kohl, the eyeliner they used for a bold cat-eye look made from malachite, coal, and oil or fat. Less known is their method of hair removal: sugaring.
Sugaring is similar to waxing. It is made by melting sugar, lemon, and water together to form a type of wax, which is similar to regular hair removing wax, called sugar wax. To use it, you need to heat it up, apply it on the skin, press a cloth over it, and pull it off. As you pull it off, the hair comes off from the root. However, in contrast to waxing and laser hair removal, sugaring is much less irritating. It does not stick to the skin, and since it is made of only a few natural ingredients, it is friendly for people who have sensitive skin.
Other forms of hair removal are more conventional and popular, such as waxing, bleaching, and laser hair removal, but some salons offer and specialize in sugaring. However, since the process of making sugar wax is so simple, anyone can make it at home.
- 1 Glass Jar — to store the remaining sugar wax
- 1 Pot — to heat and make the sugar wax
- 2 Cups of White, Granulated Sugar
- ¼ Cup of Lemon Juice — about 2 lemons
- ¼ Cup of Water
Put the pot on the stove on medium high heat. Pour in all ingredients and stir together until it boils. Make sure not to let the mixture burn, as this will ruin it and render it unusable.
Once the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture starts boiling, turn the heat down to medium. Continue to stir and make sure it doesn’t burn.
Watch the substance as you mix it. It will slowly thicken and turn darker. Once it becomes golden brown, it is ready and you can take it off the heat.
Ready to Wax
If you are ready to use it immediately, let it cool down a bit so that it is not burning hot and transfer it into the jar. It is ready to use when it is warm, but not uncomfortable to put on your skin.
You can use your fingers to apply it onto your skin, as well as a butter knife or wooden popsicle stick. As the wax is made out of sugar, it will be easy to rinse off in warm water.
Apply the wax in small sections, only a few inches wide. You can buy waxing strips or cotton cloth to apply on top of the wax to pull it off, or you can simply use computer paper.
Then, rip the sugar wax off, pulling in the opposite direction of the hairs. Once you are done, you may need to rinse off in warm water if you are left with sticky residue.
If the wax cools down too much before you are done, you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute at a time until it is warm enough to use.
You can use sugar wax on your face, arms, legs, armpits, and even your bikini area. You will find it to be less painful than other methods of waxing, and it even leaves your skin softer after using it.
Next time you have some time — and hair — on your hands, try making sugar wax. You’ll likely already have the ingredients in your kitchen, and chances are it will become your new favorite way to remove hair!
This is a guest post by Geo Sique, a writer from Boise, ID with a background in journalism. When she’s not travelling outside Idaho, she loves rock climbing, hot springs, camping, and exploring the world around her.