Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wax On, Wax Off - Homemade Hair Removal part 1


Unfortunately sisters Rebecca and Maggie come from a very hairy family. So when we saw recipes for homemade waxing we said, "OW!!" and then, "We gotta try this!" We spent Tuesday morning trying a couple different recipes with great results. We liked them so much we decided to do two posts on them.

If you have ever tried products like Nads, this recipe is just like that. With only a few ingredients that you probably already have at home you can make a similar product for less than 2$. This is also a very simple recipe to make. Because the strips are made of fabric you can wash and reuse them next time.




Here's What You Need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • a drizzle of molasses (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • cotton fabric strips (we used an old bed sheet) 3 in. x 10 in.
  • popsicle stick or butter knife

In a microwave safe bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave - it will be HOT! Stir the mix. If it is a smooth consistency it is ready to use. If the sugar hasn't dissolved completely, microwave for additional 30 seconds until it has. Let the sugar cool off until it is still hot, but cool enough to put on your skin. Please don't burn yourself!!

Make sure the area you are going to wax is clean and dry.
Now, using your Popsicle stick spread a very thin layer down your leg in the direction of the hair growth.









Press your strip of into the sugar. Rub several times.











Pull your skin taught. Grip the strip from the bottom. Quickly pull upwards (opposite of the direction that the hair grows). Repeat on the rest of your leg. Just don't repeat on the same patch of skin. Then admire your smooth leg. Make sure you moisturize your skin after you wax.

We did find that it took a little practice getting this technique down, but once we did we found it worked really well. The wax cleans up easily with a little water. The extra wax will keep for a long time. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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39 comments:

  1. You guys are amazing...I don't think I would have the guts to try that!

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  2. I've tried a very similar recipe without the molasses. It worked okay, but I only use it when I run out of store bought stuff (like when you think you have enough to get both legs done and you don't!) I feel your pain, coming from a very hairy family myself! lol

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  3. Thanks for the post! I wax and saw a comment on Mark's Daily Apple about homemade sugaring (duh- seems much smarter than buying a tin of wax for $16 every other month). I haven't gotten around to looking for a recipe because I still have a tin left from stockpiling when they were on sale a few months ago.

    Not trying to gross you out, but the commenter cut her strips with pinking shears (so they wouldn't fray) and put them in a container of water so the sugar and hair would soak off - then she washed and re-used the strips. One of the biggest pains with waxing is constantly finding/cutting/pitching the muslin. It makes me feel really wasteful (besides the fact that I started waxing so that I could stop wasting disposable razors).

    I'm going to save this post - once I do it, I'll let you know if keeping the strips is doable or too much of a pain.

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  4. I made a really simple sugar paste a while back too -- worked surprisingly well, although now I'll have to try yours, too, to compare.

    http://sewmanydreams.blogspot.com/2010/05/thifty-to-max.html

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  5. Great recipe info! I have been procrastinating on buying more wax and now I won't have to! Thanks for sharing your neat ideas!

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  6. @P/F: We saved our strips, too! The "wax" cleans up so easily and definitely cuts down on waste! Great minds think alike! :)

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  7. This sounds so simular to my sugaring recipe that does not leave my skin all red and irritated.

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  8. I have to say this scares the crap out of me...yet, somehow I can't wait to try it! Thank you for sharing so many amazing things all the time!!!

    www.akasarah.blogspot.com

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  9. You are CRAZY! :) In a good way.
    To keep your link up at TCB, please link back to Today's Creative Blog when participating in Get Your Craft On.

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  10. Wow homemade wax!!! I like the way things feel after waxing but haven't been brave enough to do it myself. Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree!

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  11. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring your idea on my blog on Saturday!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Sumo

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  12. I have been brave enough to try this before... I've been using the "it's to expensive excuse". :) Guess now I'll have to try it!!

    notjustamommyafterall.blogspot.com

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  13. This sounds crazy, yet doable. I've only waxed a few times, so I'm sure it will be painful at least the first time, right? Thanks for the recipe!

    Stopping by from Night Owl Crafting!

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  14. Thanks for experimenting for all of us! I can't wait to try this!
    I would love to share this on my blog~
    http://songberries.blogspot.com

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  15. hmmm, I think I would be willing to give up the razor for this. It sounds so easy, plus doesn't it take longer for the hair to grow in so the results last longer??

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  16. I must say that I have never waxed in my life. But when I Stumbled Upon this I said "This looks kool!" and convinced my boyfriend to help me make it. So it seems you have to have more then 3 days worth of Razor-shaven hair for this to work. But when my boyfriend braved putting a bit on his unshaven shin, it worked! I plan to forgo shaving another couple of days and try again. I must say I am rather excited about it. Thank you for this opportunity. :)

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  17. I heard that old pair of jeans which we don't wear any more work as good as muslin strips. so no more buying strips either..

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  19. I guess I can't try this one. To remove hair painlessly and effectively is what we are looking. I heard that this permanent hair removal will remove hair effectively the result will long last And the plus point is that it doesn't produce any pain..

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  20. I've used strips of denim from old jeans before with wax and they work very well. The grip they provide before pulling the strip is better than cotton and they last longer. Thanks for this homemade recipe. I'm surely trying this.

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  21. I just made this and it exploded all over my microwave. Did that happen to anyone else?

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  22. it blew up in my microwave too! i have never waxed my legs before and im having trouble getting all the hairs or not having them break. any tips?

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  23. Thanks for sharing such a useful information, some works should be done by self and its better that way. Natural Skin Care

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  24. I normally resort to shaving because waxing is so expensive, so thanks! I'll give this a try! My one tip I'll add... when I have waxed before, I rub baby powder on my skin right before waxing. It helps the wax not stick to the skin, but allows it to stick only to the hair. It especially helps anyone with sensitive skin (like me)!

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  25. It's great that there are guides like this which teach people about skin care. You don't have to go to expensive cosmetic care shops or spas anymore to get some hair removing done! Those ingredients are not that hard to find. Plus, the recipe is so simple that almost anybody can make it!

    Justine Cricks

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  26. Looking forward to trying this out. Added the link to my site http://candlcountrychic.blogspot.com

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  27. just tried this and it didn't work...at all. any other tips would be much appreciated.

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  28. Okay so I didn't have the molasses (but you said it was optional anyways)... but i tried this and first it blew up in the microwave (not sure why)... and then it didn't get much of the hair off, but it left my legs all red and irritated. Any advice for what I did wrong. I'm gonna save the rest of the wax and maybe give it another go if you have any advice.

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  29. There's no wax involved in this so it's not waxing. This is closer to sugaring only it's hot.

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  30. I tired this, if you heat it in the microwave the check on it every minute or so. I did notice that once it cool enough to put on my skin it became too hard did i do something wrong ? i used old jeans strips it works good, there were only a few hairs left behind but i had to keep re heating and letting it cool as it was hardening. Advise would be helpful. :)

    Thanks B

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  31. So are you still doing this kind of method of hair removal until now? It’s cool to see that you actually used natural ingredients such as sugar, honey, and lemon juice for the removal process. If ever you’ll have the chance, I suggest you also try laser hair removal treatment for your legs. This treatment is fast and more precise than other means because in just two to three months the hair becomes thinner and could actually be permanently removed.

    Cornell Finkel

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  32. I try making this, the mixture is good, but I just can't find the right cloth for it! I tried so many types and none of them work! Can u recommend something else?

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  33. Unwanted hair can really bother you a lot and so you should go for waxing, which is regarded as a great method of removing hair. Using honey in the homemade laser hair removal recipe is another common method.

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  35. Tried this and I had the problem of it melting the bowl in the mircowave then getting all over everything.it also hardens very fast. Did anyone try this with success?

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  37. It was way too hot and burt my hand. Then I put it in the fridgerator. Huge mistake. It wont come out. I tryed scrapping it with a stake knife but it did no good. I'm going to be introuble tomarrow when my mom sees her nice bowl like this. I wish there was another recipe.

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