Pinterest IRL- DIY Sugar Wax

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Friends, I am a self-confessed Pinterest addict. So, it should come as no surprise that I’m constantly willing to try out the craziest of ideas for the sole purpose of attempting to make my life look like a Pinterest board.

My latest and (maybe not-so) greatest trial was the ever-elusive sugaring/sugar waxing. This idea appealed to me because every summer I go searching for the method that will keep my leg hair at bay the longest. I’ve tried the special exfoliants before shaving, which added maybe a day, and I’ve tried Nair and Veet, both of which I didn’t find to be worth the time and mess. So- waxing it is! Note that I’ve never waxed my legs before, so I’m interested to see how this turns out. Apparently sugar waxing is supposed to be less painful than regular wax, as it does a better job of just pulling hairs and not the top layer of skin.

There are two types of sugar wax; soft wax and hard wax. The soft wax works like any other wax, where it is a thick liquid that is warmed up, applied to the skin, has a fabric strip pressed to it, then ripped off against the direction of hair growth. Basically your standard wax with all-natural ingredients. The one I was interested to try was the hard wax. This method involved a different ratio of ingredients when it came to the recipe. This method also involved putting the wax on your skin and basically having it be solid enough to just grab and pull, no fabric needed. Interesting. So, let’s give it a try!

IMG_9194Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One pot
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Glass container for storage

First step, combine all your ingredients in the pot at medium-high heat. When you first begin, it should all be combined evenly, like so:

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Next, let the liquid bubble and boil, occasionally stirring to make sure no sugar has separated and stuck to the bottom. *WARNING* Be super careful not to let the sugar burn! Burnt sugar will ruin your pot and your day :( Trust me, I know this from one bad attempt at making rock candy when I was about 15. When the liquid begins boiling, the bubbles will start to rise and fill the pot, like this:

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Keep letting it boil over medium-high heat and you’ll see the sugar begins to caramelize and turn brown. Let the mixture boil and get darker until its a dark, amber color. You want it to be a few shades darker than honey.

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Almost there!

When you’ve got the right color, note the consistency. It should be almost the consistency of regular wax, but a little thicker. Let it cool in the pot for a few minutes before you transfer it to your container. This stuff is *extremely* hot, so please please please be careful! I know so many people who have burned themselves doing this! Also, heads up, be sure to preheat your glass container before pouring in the wax, or risk shattering the glass due to temperature shock. I let my mixture cool in the pot for about 10 minutes, microwaved my glass container for a minute and a half, then poured in the mixture. You should have something that looks like this:

So, I may have let the wax cool in the pot a little too long, because what was left at the bottom of the pot was beginning to harden and was extremely difficult to clean. I found that adding cold water to harden the wax completely, then slowly introduce hot water to soften the wax and scrape it from the pot worked best. It wasn’t fun, but if nothing else I’m proud for not completely ruining another pot :)

If you’re anything like me, you’re impatient and want to start as soon as possible. Looking back, I should have chosen the soft wax for quicker gratification, because you’ll need to let this cool for a while. Like, a while. You can definitely scoop some out of the jar and spread it out on a plate to cool faster, but I just started writing this post to distract myself :)

Finally! You’re ready to go! At this point, I accidentally let the wax cool too long, making it too hard to use. Never fear, the microwave is here! Because I had my wax stored in the fridge (not sure that it’s necessary… I just figured since they were all ‘food’ ingredients it wouldn’t hurt to throw it in the fridge), I took it out and let it come to room temperature first. I then microwaved it for 45 seconds at first, then at 10 second intervals until I reached the temperature and consistency needed.

diy sugar waxAnd now the not-so fun part! So the idea is that you smooth the wax onto your skin against the direction of growth, then pull it off in the direction that the hair grows. Got it? If you’re doing legs this means smooth the wax going up, and yank it downwards.

So I did this friends. I did everything as instructed on an area of my lower shin, and actually did get some hair off. All in all, this DIY experiment was ‘successful.’ Quoted because while the wax did take off hair, it really didn’t do a great job of getting all the hair off. Which is basically the point. Also, it hurt. A lot. I had watched tutorials on how to use the hard wax and at least 4 girls mentioned the possibility of bruising if you went over the same spot 2-3 times. At first, I didn’t understand, because you would never get a bruise from regular wax. But, because Pinterest loves proving me wrong, as soon as I pulled off the glob of hard wax attached to my leg, I understood. Again, it hurt way more than a regular soft wax with fabric strips would, so I didn’t do anymore. I asked a question, ‘Will this sugar wax actually work?’, and I now had my answer- sorta.

Because my hair was long from being grown out enough to wax, I had already decided beforehand that I would wax my legs no matter what. I usually take care of my upper lip hair at home with a Sally Hansen wax, so I bought wax strips of the same kind to use for my legs. I had much more success with this, as it was a process I was used to, was a lot less painful, and *hopefully* gives me those long-lasting smooth results I’m hoping for as warmer weather rolls around. One body/underarm kit (pictured here) was only enough for the bottom half of my legs though, so if you’re going for the entirety of your legs (as I was hoping to), you’ll probably need two kits

If I’m pleased with how long the results of the wax last, I’ll consider making this my main hair removal method; at least for my legs in the summer time. I love hearing from all of my readers, nannies and non-nannies alike, so I want to know; what’s your hair removal method? Do you stick with shaving, or would you be open to trying something new? Have a wonderful rest of your day lovelies, and I hope to see you again here soon!

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