My journey to sugar waxing began about a year ago. I woke up one morning with a strange rash on my underarms. I eliminated the products I used one by one and figured out that my skin hates razors. Super! I began using traditional hard wax for a while and it worked well, but it can get expensive.
I ran across an article one day about sugar waxing and thought it sounded great! The girl in that video made it look sooo easy! I was all pumped up, so I gathered the stuff to make it and …….. it’s not that easy. I probably made 4 batches of that stuff to get it right. There is a learning curve to making the wax and also to proper application.
I stuck to it because it has a few advantages to traditional waxing. First, it is almost free to make. Seriously. No strips, no special wax off stuff – lemon juice, water, sugar, and baby powder. Second, it can be cleaned up with water. I practically had to use a putty knife to get the hard wax off. Third, it hurts less. Now, for those of you that think you have found the pain-free way to pull out your hair, come on. You are yanking your hair out. There is no pain-free. For me, the heat of the hard wax hurt as much as the removal. No heat in sugar wax, so less pain. Also, you pull hair out in the direction of growth so that may contribute as well. And lastly, the reason I will not go back to shaving, no prickly hairs. This is an advantage for all waxing to be fair. Since the hair is ripped out and not cut, it is not sharp. Your hair doesn’t poke you anymore. I used to wonder how some women could stand to grow out their armpit hair. I mean, ouch, raw, chaffage, ouch! How could they stand it? Now I know. Life lesson learned at 38 right there.
If you are expecting sugar waxing to be a quick, once over and done deal, you will very disappointed. It takes just as long as using the hard wax. I have to go over the area multiple times and it doesn’t get 100% of the hairs 100% of the time. I use sugar waxing on my underarms and nether areas. Once, I tried it on my legs and it was fine, but no one has that kind of time to wax their legs. It’s crazy. That is the biggest advantage to your trusty razor. You have done it for so long, you can shave in 5 minutes balancing on one leg in the dark. So, I still use my blade for my legs.
Making Sugar Wax
First things first, to make the sugar wax you need 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. I use regular sugar and lemon juice from a bottle. Mix in a medium-sized saucepan and heat on medium to medium-high until boiling. Stir often during this time so the sugar doesn’t scorch on the bottom of the pan and the mixture heats evenly. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low where it should continue to simmer. I set a timer for 18 minutes. That is the time that my stove takes to cook the wax. Let the wax simmer the entire time. Stir it a few times but there is no need to do it frequently. The mixture starts out as yellow and it will turn orange and get darker and darker until it turns brown. It is this transition from orange to brown that is the sweet spot. Check out my photo from the top of the post. That is when it is done but not too done. When it turns brown, remove the pan from heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. Then pour into a glass or Rubbermaid container and store in the fridge.
I recently came across a video about sugar waxing that I thought was really well made. In it, Minisha Reddy uses the same recipe as I do and it is very clear on the process. It even shows the application technique in the video. She cooks her wax slightly different, but she uses it fresh so that may be useful to you. I like how she drops the hot wax in cold water to check consistency. Nice touch. I have linked her video to the bottom of this post because I think it is more useful than a bunch of pictures.
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Using Sugar Wax
When I am ready to use the wax, I take it out of the fridge and let it warm to room temperature. This takes awhile because this stuff is rock hard when you take it out of the fridge. I let it warm on the counter for at least an hour. Some people use the microwave or stove to heat, but I don’t like it too runny. You need to prep the skin to wax. It’s best if it is clean but you don’t want it to be moist at all. I clean and dry the skin and then use some baby powder to absorb any remaining moisture.
It will be difficult to get the wax out of the container. Sometimes I have to dig into it with my fingers and work it out. Once you get a ball of wax out, work it a bit until it will stretch. Press the wax into the skin while stretching it against the direction of hair growth. Jerk back in the direction of hair growth to remove hair. This is a technique that takes some practice to get used to. The harder your wax is to start, the longer it can be used. A ball of wax usually lasts me at least 5 minutes of continuous waxing. When it gets too soft and sticky, you need to get a new ball of wax.
That’s all my pointers on using and making sugar wax. You should definitely give it a try! Let me know if you have any comments or questions. You can comment below or find me at [email protected] Don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter so you don’t miss any new posts!