Sugaring – the sweet way to go about hair removal

I don’t know how you feel about body hair but most of the time I prefer to remove everything that looks like hair and is not on my head.

Yeah, those pesky little weed-like things sprouting all over my body I could do gladly without – thank you modern day beauty image for your very helpful influence.

DISCLAIMER: Note the sarcasm here and be warned that Sarcasm and I go a long way back and are planning to stay together for many years to come!

So back to the topic at hand. There are several ways to go about a (mostly) hair-free body. I’ve tried a few of them (I own several rasors, an epilator, something like a very smooth sandpaper with a handle on it and I’ve tried waxing a few times, too). but none of them seemed to work longterm for me. I don’t like the stubble after using a rasor – although that’s usually my fallback plan if I’m short of time – and going to a waxing studio every month is just too expensive for me. And there is the pain, too, which most people aren’t really fond of.

Then I heard about sugaring. Supposedly it was less painful, more economical, you could do it with shorter hair than waxing (so I won’t have to let a jungle grow on my legs before making them smooth again) and to put the cherry on top, you use natural and easily available ingredients to make the sugar paste. It seemed almost too good to be true!

If you’ve read on until now, you’ve earned to learn about the catch: It’s really hard to get the paste just right and it does take some time to make it. I believe it’s still worth it and if you haven’t tried it yet I’ll let you know my own recipe (because there aren’t enough out there yet…)

Ingredients:

  • ~ 200 g Sugar
  • ~ 150 ml lemon juice (~ 2 lemons)
  • 2 tbsp. Water
I used organic lemons and white refined sugar

I have to say that I read about and tried a lot of recipes. They are all a little different and I think you can most of them work. Some use a little more water or less water and lemon or no water at all but from my experience I can tell you that your success depends mostly on the heating and stirring process I’ll be describing below.

What else do I need?

  • a pot (preferably white)
  • something for stirring

More useful things:

  • a small container that you can survive a round in the microwave
  • popsicle stick
  • a cotton strip
  • powder

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Put all the ingredients into the pot, mix them and put them on the stove.

Step 2: Turn your stove on. Don’t use too much heat or your sugar may burn and boil over! (I’m a very impatient person most of the time so that may have happened to me once or twice)

Step 3: Now this step is the most important and most time consuming. Don’t stop stirring! At the beginning the mixture is still white but while you’re stirring it will turn gradually darker. If there are too many bubbles for you to see the color clearly, take the pot off the stove and wait until the bubbles disappear. You can also take a spoon and let the liquid drop into the pot to see what color it has.

Step 4: As soon as it has a nice caramel color, take it off the stove and let it cool. Be careful! The sugar-lemon mix is VERY hot! As mentioned before, my impatience let me test just how hot it is and my burned fingers are prove! (Also I may or may not have tried eating it… I mean it’s sugar and lemon, two of my favorite flavors :D)

Step 5: The hardest part is done. Now you only have to correctly prepare and apply the sugar paste! For preparation: scoop about a spoonful up and alternately stretch the mass and form a ball again until the colour changes to a lighter and more opaque caramel.

Step 6: Apply in the opposite direction of your hair growth! For example: on your legs you go to your ankle, put your ball of paste there, apply pressure and then move up your leg a few centimeters. Then you take the upper edge of the paste and remove it with a flick of your wrist. On the first try you probably won’t catch all the hair. I usually have to try 3 three times to get at least most of them. The rest vanish under the application of my tweezers.

Additional Advice:

  • Your skin has to be clean and dry!
  • If the paste does not stick to your skin, it usually means that it is too moist (sweaty) which happens to me all the time when I do my armpits. Put powder on your skin!
  • As soon as it is not too hot to melt everything it comes into contact with and before it gets too hard, put the paste into a container that you can put into the microwave for a few seconds to reheat it. After a while it gets so hard that I had a hard time removing the paste from the cup I had put.
  • You can also use cotton strips to remove the sugaring paste after applying it. Since the paste is water-soluble you can easily wash and reuse them afterwards.

Happy sugaring!

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