Sugar waxing

02-11-2011 | Adiana |


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!

Recent Comments

  • November 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’ve heard about this few months ago. Should try it, since it’s less expensive than going to the beauty salon.

  • http://Adiana

    November 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    yep, it cost me about 3 dollars. And that’s for about 1 kg of sugar and 2 lemons, so i had some wax to spare :)) lots of trial and error from the resulted paste

  • http://anatati

    November 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I am pretty sure you need to add water to it, not just sugar and lemon juice. I’ve discovered the method like a year ago, did quite a lot of research and still never get the correct consistence for sugaring all the time. I am sure that if I had a cooking thermometer to test temperature, things would work smoothly, but I never found where to buy it. Anyway, I’ve been sugaring for a year now and results are always satisfying.
    Bottom line: you need to add water 🙂 And you need to stir while “cooking” it (check youtube for more info).

    • http://Adiana

      November 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      i guess you use another recipe.. mine doesn’t need water (it’s not actually mine, i didn’t invent it, as someones gave it to me a few years ago).. I watched also some youtube tutorials, but never tried them. i sticked to this recipe. Also, no stirring (though now that you mention it..i do mix sugar with lemon prior cooking just to even the color so to say) .. It worked for me dozen of times by now so i really don’t know what to say. It’s all about practicing. And maybe the fact you have to “cook” it on low heat has something to do with it

  • http://anatati

    November 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Well … 🙂 Try it with water for once at least. The traditional sugaring paste is water, lemon juice and sugar.

    • http://Adiana

      November 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      i might give it a shot..although now i am all eyes on ebay for sugaring paste. i saw some sellers from Egypt and their paste seemed pretty cool and cheap.

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