Sugaring Hair Removal Recipe

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You Pick: Gel or Paste

How to Remove Hair with Sugar Paste
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Sugaring hair removal is very similar to waxing as 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.

You don't have to decide now how you're going to use your homemade hair remover. But when you're finished with the recipe you'll be able to use your product two different ways- 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 and you'll also need strips.

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Get Ingredients

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

The juice from two lemons gave me 1/4 cup, but be sure to strain it to get rid of any pulp or seeds. I haven't tried it but you could probably use lemon juice concentrate as well.

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Mix Face and Body Sugaring Recipe

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

Using a heavy sauce pan is extremely important. If the sauce pan is thin it can throw off the entire temperature and overheat the sugar, making it cook too quickly. Cooking fast isn't good, it needs this time to simmer. So I would suggest using a heavy, stainless steel pan if possible.

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Let Boil

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After it 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 sugar hair removal product will be too sticky to work with.​

Caution: 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. We don't want it boiling and turning dark too quickly.

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Hair Sugaring Mixture Darkens

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

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The Right Sugar Hair Removal Color

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After 25 minutes of simmering, the sugar hair removal result should be a dark amber color. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes before placing in an air-tight container. Be careful, it's hot.

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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 is one I didn't 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. Don't forget to place an airtight lid on when storing! If air gets inside, it could make it sticky to work with.

Once the product has cooled, you are ready for hair removal. We show you how to 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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Sugaring Hair Removal Recipe- Trouble Shooting

Did It Turn Out Too Hard?

Put one tablespoon of water into the mixture and microwave it until it gets hot—which may be a couple of minutes.

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

Want More?

Do you love the pictures but would love to see a video of the process? Here you go: Sugaring Hair Removal Recipe Video.