So…. I have a confession: I’m a hairy beast. I’m like a jewish Sasquatch. Mix this information with the fact that I’m also broke and you have arrived at my flirtation with at-home waxing.
I made several failed attempts at making sugar wax. I used several recipes. And I am proud to pass this wisdom on to you, my beautiful reader:
Failed Recipe #1:
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup water
1 cup sugar
There are two problems with this method; Firstly, it smells awful. The whole apartment smelled like feet. And secondly, the wax hardened as soon as it cooled down. So this recipe was a total fail.
Fail Recipe #2:
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 cup Sugar
This mixture smelled amazing. However, this also cooled down to a hard-as-rock disaster. In fact, it took a whole day for me to get this candy-like concoction out of the container I had made it in.
The Best Sugar Wax Recipe
1/4 lemon juice
1 cup of Sugar
This recipe was excellent, it smells great, cools down with the consistency of silly putty and had great hair-grabbing stickiness. The major secret to great sugar wax is that there needs to be enough acid and water left in the solution to prevent the wax from hardening. This means that you can’t cook it for as long as some websites would have you believe. (There are lots of videos on youtube and websites about sugar waxing that tell you to cook it “until it’s red like this” but that is malarky.) You need to cook this mixture just long enough so that the sugar boils but not so long that it starts turning color. If it’s already going brown you’re out of luck because things keep cooking for a few minutes even after you take them off the stove or out of the oven (it’s true for chicken, steak and now sugar wax). So by the time you get it off the heat and it starts to cool down enough so it isn’t cooking itself anymore, it will be overcooked and there won’t be enough acid or water left to keep the elasticity.
As for actually using the wax, this stuff is great. It’s a lot less painful than hard wax, cheap as hell and with the “flicking technique” you can use one little scoop over and over again. Although I still prefer using strips because I think it’s less messy.
Expect your first few cooks to be terrible. There is a learning curve but hopefully this helps.
Enjoy your smooth legs, Ladies.