Homemade hair wax for removing hair is very easy to make. Most people content themselves with using store brands, but making your own wax has its advantages. For one thing, you know exactly what is in it. Also, it is usually more cost-effective to make wax at home. Before professional waxes were available, people often made their own homemade versions using simple ingredients found in their own kitchen.
Ingredients and Preparation
Making homemade wax requires acquiring certain ingredients and tools. A basic sugar-honey wax requires 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup honey. You can double or halve these measurements depending on how much wax you need. Variations on the wax recipe may include using brown sugar instead of white sugar, not using honey at all and mixing equal parts lemon juice and water instead of just using lemon juice. However, most homemade waxes will follow this basic recipe. Necessary tools include cotton cloth strips, a stick for spreading the wax (a large popsicle stick will work), a small glass bowl (for blending and microwaving) and a small sauce pan (if you're heating the wax on the stove). You can also use a plastic spatula instead of a popsicle stick for spreading, and a plastic mixing bowl instead of a small glass bowl for blending.
Before waxing the hair, scrub the area to open up the pores and remove dead skin cells. Lightly dust the area with baby powder or corn starch to absorb excess liquid and oil on your legs. Some people may choose to skip the part of scrubbing the skin, but it will make the waxing experience more efficient and is highly recommended. Moreover, if the area to be waxed is slightly moist, the wax won't adhere as well.
Making the Wax
No matter which wax recipe you choose to use, you will have to combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to blend. If you choose to heat the wax in the microwave, make sure to place it in a glass bowl; otherwise, you can place the ingredients in a sauce pan and place it on the stove over low heat. Stir the mixture once every 30 seconds whether you're microwaving it or heating it on the stovetop. In the microwave, heat the wax for about two minutes. The wax will be ready when the ingredients have melted and taken on a golden brown color.
At first, the wax will be extremely hot. If you have a water thermometer, use it to test the temperature before using the wax on your skin. Ideally, the wax should be at about 120 degrees to be safe for use on the skin. Do not use if the wax is over 120 degrees. Serious skin burns can occur when the wax is too hot. If the wax is too hot at first, wait a few minutes to allow it to cool down. Keep in mind that if the wax cools down too much it won't work as well. Reheat it in the microwave or stove for about 30 to 60 seconds.
How to Use the Wax
Spread the homemade hair wax onto the desired area using the popsicle stick or spatula. Make sure to spread the wax in the direction of hair growth. Press a piece of cotton cloth over the wax and pat down firmly. Hold skin taut, and in a swift motion, rip the cloth strip against the direction of hair growth. If you don't go against the hair, it will not come out. Afterwards, skin will be red and irritated. Apply some aloe vera gel or body lotion to soothe the skin. Refrigerate the unused portion of the wax for use later. Try to use all of the wax within a week as the perishable ingredients may begin to go bad.