It sure is nice to pamper yourself at a waxing salon, but sometimes you are lazy to wait and make an appointment. If you want to leave the salon and try waxing yourself at home, this article will show you a simple recipe for making your own hair removal wax.
- 1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (250 ml) honey
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) lime juice
Part 1 of 2: Making Candles
Step 1. Melt the sugar
Place the granulated sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, without stirring – just shake the pan occasionally – until the sugar begins to caramelize. It will smell great!
Step 2. Add and stir the honey and lime using a wooden spoon into the saucepan
Be careful, the sugar mixture will foam and get very hot.
Keep stirring until the mixture is completely melted and has the consistency of pancake batter. If the mixture is too thick, add water a little at a time until you reach the right consistency
Step 3. Allow the wax to cool slightly before you use it
If you want to use it later, let it cool, then put it in the refrigerator.
Part 2 of 2: Using Candles
Step 1. Check the length of the fur you want to clean
Your coat's length should ideally be between 3 mm and 6 mm.
- If your hair is too short, the wax won't pull it out by the roots.
- If your coat is too long, you may experience discomfort.
Step 2. Prepare several pieces of cloth
If you haven't prepared these pieces of fabric, you can cut or tear cotton or linen clothes that you no longer use.
To fix stringy edges of the fabric, sew the edges using a sewing machine
Step 3. Apply baby powder first before applying the wax
Baby powder or starch will absorb all of the body's oils and moisture, which can allow the wax to stick to the fur (and not the skin), making the process much less painful.
Step 4. Apply wax
Using an old wooden ice cream stick or spatula, dab your homemade wax where you want it. Apply wax in the direction of hair growth.
Step 5. Press the cloth against the wax
Take a piece of cloth, place it on the wax, and smooth it in the direction of hair growth.
Step 6. Allow the wax to cool completely
Gently part the ends of the fabric to see if the wax is completely stuck.
Step 7. Pull off the fabric
Stretch your skin by pulling it from a point under the end of the fabric and pulling the fabric in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Do this quickly. Do not pull at a 90° angle, but at a narrower angle.
Step 8. Store the remaining wax in the refrigerator
These candles can be stored for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, or two months in the freezer.
- If you do wax removal on visible areas, such as your face, you can apply cooling gel afterwards to minimize skin redness. If your skin turns red easily, consider doing this treatment on your face when you don't have any travel plans.
- About 2 days before your wax removal, scrub the area around the skin using a cleanser containing a scrub or loofah.
- If the wax mixture leaves a residue on your skin, rinse the area with warm water. If this doesn't work, heat some water on the stove and add a tablespoon of baking soda. Let the water cool and rinse the area one more time.
- If the wax mixture hardens before you apply it, use a rice cooker to heat it until it melts again.
- Avoid heating wax in the microwave. The microwave heats the wax unevenly and can cause hot clumps. To warm your candle, place the candle holder over a bowl of hot water.
- Make sure you have carefully tested the temperature of the wax before applying it to your skin.