The costs of salon waxing can add up quickly when you total the cost of the procedure, tip and aftercare. Our new COVID-19 normal, now is the perfect time to try making your wax at home since salon visits are still out of reach for some. With a little know-how from the Gaggler, you may find you prefer the results of homemade wax to commercially made wax. (If you find yourself getting into the at-home DIY beauty scene, check out our Pineapple Glow Mask.) Before we start getting into the ‘how to’ of homemade wax and show you our video tutorial, it’s important to know about the types of wax – each with its appropriate usage.
This is the most common type of wax used for the sensitive areas of your body such as underarms, bikini, upper lip or eyebrows. Hard wax can be manipulated and applied directly with your hands. You do not need removal strips as this wax can be pulled off directly. Hard wax removal is less painful as you are in full control of how slow or hard you pull on the wax to remove the hair.
Soft Wax is a liquid form applied with a spatula. This is a preferred option for larger areas of the body such as legs and arms. Here you will need wax strips or cloths to remove the wax. When removing soft wax, there is a quick moment of pain and then nothing.
BENEFITS OF HOMEMADE WAX
- It’s good for sensitive skin.
- It exfoliates
- It removes dead skin cells
Benefits With Friends
- It saves money
- It’s fun
- It’s not painful
WATCH THE VIDEO: HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE WAX
HERE’S THE RECIPE FOR YOUR HOMEMADE WAX
- 1 cup of sugar,
- ¼ cup of water,
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- Corn flour or baby powder (to prep the skin before waxing)
Combine the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan on moderate to high heat and stir continuously for 5-7 minutes so the mixture does not burn on the bottom. When the mixture starts to bubble, put the timer on for 5-7 minutes.
For soft wax, cook between 105 and 110 Celsius. For hard wax, cook between 110 and 115 Celsius. The best is to measure the water temperature with a kitchen thermometer, but if you don’t have this, try this tip… After the mixture starts boiling and you have let it cook a for a few more minutes, spoon a little of the mixture into a shallow bowl filled with cold water. If the mixture disappears in the cold water, your wax is not ready. If the mixture falls to the bottom of the bowl and you are able to pick it up and mould it into a ball without it sticking to your fingers then your wax is ready to use!
Once you have finished waxing apply some Aloe Vera for soothing– either fresh if you have it or a gel purchased from your neighbourhood pharmacy. You may exfoliate too and if you choose to do this, make sure to do this either 24 hours before or after waxing to avoid irritation.
You may buy your ingredients for the perfect Homemade Wax experience from these fine Dubai-based retailers: