When you are a student, some expenses seem unjustified. Pocket money are quite limited and there are always stuff to buy before getting to indulgences like facials, waxing, manicure etc. So you kind of start looking for alternatives. Despite the fact I am not talented enough to do my manicure at home and from time to time I need a facial just to “reboot” the system, I was able to do depilation at home.
There is a difference between sugaring and sugar wax and although I would love to do sugaring I always end up with sugar wax.
Sugaring involves a molded golf sized sugar paste used all over the body without necessity of spatulas, band strips or any other accessories. Just that ball spreaded against the direction of hair growth and pulled in the direction of growth. Sugar wax instead, needs everything regular waxing requires. Unfortunately I haven’t gone pro yet so all I can offer you is the sugar wax version.
Many years ago (make that 2 years) I was living in a dorm and I probably had too much free time as I started to try all kind of recipes hoping to discover the right one for sugar wax. Of course I ruined a few pots and almost burnt the dorm, but one day stars smiled to me and sent me some inspiration to do it right. All you need is:
200 gr sugar
50 gr lemon juice
Throw them together in a saucepan to socialize over medium-small heat (for a hot atmosphere.. just make them sing “it’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes”). No stirring ladies. Let them know each other better. When all mixture starts to bubble pay an eye in there until everything gets a golden-copper tan (or heat the mixture to 250 degrees Fahrenheit on the candy thermometer). It’s now time to remove from heat and pour it in a bowl and let it cool. When reaches a supportable temperature you can start using it as desired.
I am using it just the same as regular wax. Although strip bands do a good job, I feel that my home-made old sheets/old t-shirts/insert any fabric in here, are a better option as they remove more hair when pulled. With this method, you would want to dust the area with powder or cornstarch for a better adhesion of the paste.
What I like about sugar waxing is that it hurts less because the substrate sticks to the hair without attaching to the skin (I could cry in advance just for seeing the paste, that sensible I am). And it also can be removed with plain water if you changed your mind or took to long to decide zipping off and it hardened on your skin.
Although I am not a student anymore, I got stuck with the habit of sugar waxing myself. I sometimes go to the salon of course, when my feminine genes demand attention but other than that sugaring at home it’s a good solution
Let me know if you tried this method and what you think about it!