Body waxing is an efficient way to get rid of hair that dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Back then, the standards of beauty for men and women were hair-free bodies. This wasn’t done for purely aesthetic purposes; the ritual of body waxing was also a way to stay hygienic. Until today, it is still a major part of a woman’s beauty ritual. You can easily get it done at a salon, or purchase ready-made wax at a store to do yourself at home. But if you really want to save up money, you can make your own homemade hair removal wax. Use these tips to learn how.
Here is how you can make a honey-based body wax that you can use on your legs, eyebrows, upper lip, and arms.
- You will need 7 oz of honey, 7 oz of sugar, and 1⁄2 lemon, freshly squeezed.
- You will also need a pan, a wooden spoon, a clean cotton towel, and cloth strips. You can make the cloth strips by cutting up an old cotton t-shirt, or you can buy them at a drug store.
- Start by caramelizing the sugar. To do this, put the sugar in the pan and place the temperature on medium high.
- Keep stirring the sugar until it starts to bubble. You will know that the sugar is ready and melted when it turns into a gold color.
- Add honey and lemon juice while you continue to stir.
- Once the mix is melted, drop the mixture onto a clean cotton towel. Knead the mixture until it becomes a firm, golden yellow.
- The next part is a little trickier because the wax mixture tends to harden quickly. What you need to do is to keep it soft so you can mold it and apply the wax onto your skin. If you are using the wax on yourself, you can use your saliva. Saliva has the right enzymes that will break down the honey and sugar and keep it moist and soft. If you do not wish to use saliva, you can also get a small bowl and fill it with hot water.
- Gather your waxing supplies and now you’re ready to go! Spread the mix on a small area of your leg and place the cotton strip on it. Make sure the strip adheres.
- Count to three and pull in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Pulling the cotton strip this way pulls the hair from its roots.
- Once you are used to the process, you can start using longer strokes to remove hair.
Other waxing tips:
The wax will leave a sticky residue onto your skin. To get rid of the stickiness, rinse your legs with warm water.
If you want a more liquid mix that you can spread with a wooden stick, keep adding water to the mixture while it still melts. Make sure the consistency is neither too thick nor too thin; it should resemble pancake batter.
If the mix hardens while waxing, dip your fingers in hot water and mold it till it softens, or reheat it again on the stove.