What Is a Recipe for a Sugaring Hair Removal Concoction

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Make a Batch of Sugaring Remover

How to Remove Hair with Sugar Paste
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Sugaring hair removal is very similar to waxing because it removes hair from the root when done properly. But along with being all-natural, it usually isn't as painful because it doesn't stick as much to the skin.

When you're finished with the recipe you'll be able to use your product two different ways, either as a paste or gel to remove facial or body hair.

The paste is the trickier of the two but removes hair as short as 1/16 of an inch, and you use your hands or fingers to remove it. The gel is easier than the paste, but hair has to be about 1/4 of an inch long, and you'll also need strips.

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Get Ingredients

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For the sugaring recipe, you'll need:

  • 2 cups white cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

The juice from two lemons makes about 1/4 cup. Strain it to get rid of any pulp or seeds. You can ​also use lemon juice concentrate.

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Mix the Ingredients

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Mix the ingredients in a heavy saucepan over a medium-high heat. Stir the mixture often so that it doesn't overheat at the bottom.

Using a heavy saucepan is extremely important. If the saucepan is thin it can throw off the entire temperature and overheat the sugar, making it cook too quickly or burn. Cooking fast isn't good because this recipe needs this time to simmer. 

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Let It Boil

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After the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low-medium and simmer for 25 minutes. This length of time is needed to get the final product just right. If it's not cooked long enough, the end product will be too sticky to work with.

If you only have a thin saucepan, a low-medium heat may be too high of a temperature to simmer. Keep the temperature as low as you need so that it's only simmering so it doesn't turn dark too quickly.

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Watch Mixture Darken

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You will see the mixture darken as the time goes along as it cooks. But this isn't just the right color yet; it still needs to cook a little bit longer.

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Remove From Heat

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After 25 minutes of simmering, the sugar hair removal product should be a dark amber color. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes before placing in an airtight container to keep the product from getting too sticky and becoming difficult to work with. Be careful, it's going to be hot.

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Get Ready for Home Hair Removal

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The picture on the left is how the end product should look. The sugar on the right did not cook long enough, and it ended up way too sticky and not pliable enough for sugaring home hair removal. You can see there's a big difference in color. 

Once the product has cooled, you are ready for hair removal. ​Use the paste at room temperature or as sugaring gel by heating it up in the microwave and removing hair in a process similar to waxing—the easier one of the two techniques.

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Assess Your Result

If your mixture turned out too hard, put one tablespoon of water into the mixture and microwave it until it gets hot—which may take a couple of minutes.

Remove from the microwave and stir. Let it cool down a bit to use as sugaring gel or completely cool to use as sugaring paste.