Sugaring hair removal – how to

If you’re a DIY woman all the way, even when it comes to grooming, then you’re surely constantly looking for better ways to remove all that unwanted hair. Because, let’s face it, we are never completely satisfied with the results, no matter the method we’re using. Either it’s too difficult or messy, some stubborn hairs tend to stick, the skin gets too irritated or new hairs appear sooner than we would have hoped. If you’ve become an expert on using hair removal wax, you’ll surely appreciate the sugaring hair removal method. It’s very similar to using wax, only, as the name suggests, you’ll be using sugar instead.

Sugaring hair removal is frequently used in northern Africa, Greece and Middle East. It is a gentle and natural method of removing your hair, which is supposed to keep your legs smooth for up to 5 weeks. Also, preparing the sugar paste should be very easy, provided you follow the recipe precisely.

But before getting into it, let’s see what the benefits of this method are. Why should you use sugaring in the first place, instead of going with what you already know? Well…

  • Sugaring hair removal is a simple and economical hair removal method. You only need some sugar, water and some lemon juice.
  • The sugar paste does not stick to the skin, but only to the hair, and that makes this method more skin-friendly than waxing.
  • Women who have tried this method say that its effects last longer than that of any other method they’ve tried.
  • Any excess sugar remaining on the skin can be removed easily, with water.
  • The sugar does not contain any chemicals that might irritate the skin.
  • Sugaring can be used on all your body, except the face.

Sugaring hair removal recipe

You need*:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water

*If you discover that this is a far larger quantity than you need, you can reduce the quantities for each ingredient, making sure you keep the proportions.

Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring them to a boil. Mix until the sugar has dissolved completely. Continue to mix until the syrup gets thick and has a yellowish-brown color, similar to that of honey.

Let the paste cool until it can be shaped with the hands. Be very careful! Melted sugar can burn your skin really fast!

Apply the paste in the direction of hair growth and then pull in the opposite direction. If you prefer, you can use wax strips.

The remaining paste can be kept in a closed container and reheated, when necessary, in the microwave.

A few useful tips:

  • For best results, your hair should be at least half a centimeter long.
  • Clean the area beforehand to remove any sebum. This way the sugar paste will stick better on the hair.
  • Even if this method is very gentle with the skin, to prevent irritations for two days after the sugaring you should avoid hot showers, exfoliations, sauna and intense physical activities.