It’s always satisfying to make your own products from home due to several reasons:
- It’s more cost effective. Hair removal can become a costly expense to maintain, so if you’ve got the time to start making wax for yourself then why not!?
- Homemade products are completely natural! – You don’t need to worry about allergic reactions or wonder what long unpronounceable ingredients are that’s listed on the back of a box.
- Home remedies are never a one-way type of thing, the best thing about home remedies in that you can use what you’ve already got. For example:
Homemade wax strips obviously need something to be the strip, so there are numerous items that can take the place of being the strip; they just need to be a decent size to be suitable for waxing different areas on the body. You can use:
- Thick cotton cloth
- Old cut up materials such as curtains or jeans or an old cotton or linen T-shirt.
- Old rags
Preparing the Strips
Whichever material you’ve decided to use for you wax strips, you need to cut it into the appropriate size.
- It’s important that the material you choose to use is clean and dry.
- There is no specific size guide; you need to choose the size to cut the strips depending on the area you want to wax. But for larger areas like the arms and legs, an appropriate size is approximately 1 ½ inches wide and 5-7 inches long. For smaller areas like the eyebrows and upper lip is approximately 1 inch wide 2-4 inches long.
Making the Wax
Now, to make your homemade wax, it’s quite similar to making an at home sugaring paste, although it’s different in a few ways and the final steps are different in regards to the application.
Ingredients you will need:
- 1 Cup of granulated white sugar
- 1 Cup of honey
- ½ Cup lemon juice/vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of water
The mixture can be halved if you want to use it for a smaller area:
- ½ Cup of granulated white sugar
- ½ Cup of honey
- ¼ Cup of lemon juice/vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of water
Equipment you will need:
- A wooden spoon
- A pot
- A glass jar
- Firstly melt the sugar on a med-high temperature, wait until the sugar has started to caramelize on its own and then add the honey and lemon juice to the pot. You want it to be a smooth runny consistency. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time if it needs to be a smoother consistency.
- Once the substance has reached a boil, turn it down somewhere between low-med and stir occasionally with the wooden spoon. Don’t distract your attention because it’s easy to burn.
- It’s ready when it has turned a brown color. If the color looks anything like ginger ale, honey or molasses then it’s most likely ready. There is actually a way to test it, to be sure before you get it out of the pot:
- You can take it off the heat and allow it to cool to check the consistency. (Better to check before it’s overdone because there is no going back once it’s overcooked and it will need to be disposed of.)
Cooking the wax is very specific which is why many people don’t have the patience to master it. It generally takes 8-10 minutes.
- Once you’ve made sure that it’s ready, then pour it into your glass jar while it’s still a runny consistency because it’ll get thicker as it cools.
- It needs to cool to room temperature before it can be used. Be sure it is an appropriate temperature otherwise this could cause serious burns.
The Waxing Procedure
- Ensure your skin is clean and dry and the hair is an appropriate length (½ is ideal, as too short results in the wax being unsuccessful and too long results in an extremely painful procedure.)
- Wait until at least an hour after showering.
- Sprinkle some baby powder on the area you want to wax and spread it all over the area. This ensures the skin is free of any moisture and will stick properly.
- You then need to scoop the wax out of the glass jar with a wooden popsicle stick or a blunt bread and butter knife.
- Spread the wax evenly on the skin in the direction of the hair growth.
- Put your pre-cut the strip over the wax and rub back and forth several times with a decent pressure.
- Now, hold your skin taut at the top of the strip, take a deep breath and pull the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth in one swift and fast movement.
- Any leftover wax can be stored in the fridge and used again next time you need to wax, just simply heat the jar of wax up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and it’ll be good to go.
Benefits of Making Homemade Wax Strips
- Making your own wax is the most inexpensive way to remove unwanted hair
- You can be sure of the ingredients, because of the fact that when you make it yourself, from scratch you know there are no nasty ingredients that could cause you to get a reaction or irritation of any kind.
- The wax is water soluble meaning residue on the skin is easy to wash off just with water and it’s easy to clean the equipment and area used to make it.
Cons to Making Wax Strips from Home
- You may not get the right consistency or burn the wax which could lead to frustration and wasting ingredients.
- It can be messy.
- You need to have enough time on your hands and plan ahead.
- Accidents could happen in the process of making the wax and burns could occur.