In this economy, why spend $30 or more on a leg wax when you can do it yourself? I have many friends who wax their own legs and I recently discovered a recipe for wax on the Double X Website for women. Editor Hanna Rosin shares the recipe her family used to remove arm hair (they were hairy Sephardic Jews, according to Rosin). While you can buy wax kits in any drugstore, cooking your own sugar wax over the stove can save an extra few dollars on the wax itself. Here's how to make it...
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water
To make sugar wax, cook the ingredients over low heat for about 45 minutes until the sugar caramelizes. I love her colleague Emily Bazelon's response to learning the recipe, "That's wax? THAT'S wax?" Actually, it's a sugar wax, which is much easier to wash off then wax/wax.
Once the sugar mixture cools you should be left with a sticky taffy-like wax. Apply this with a plastic knife or wooden stick in the direction hair grows.
Take a piece of cloth (you can tear up an old sheet), press down firmly and then pull off in the opposite direction of hair growth.