Yes, REAL candy. You will be ripping out your hairs from the roots using a sticky sugar paste that has a hint of lemon and salt. In order to do this, you are going to boil the sugar. The sticky sugar paste is what you get right before sugar turns into hard candy and caramel. The paste can be cooked until it is hard enough to use without strips OR you can use the gooey version with cloth strips. Sugar all your hair away until you are fully landscaped
Sugaring is an ancient method of hair removal originating from the Middle East. It is known as “halawa,” which is an Arabic word for something sweet. Although it is touted as “Arab wax,” I’ve heard of Persians and South Asians using this hair removal method as well, which suggests that it probably transmitted through cultural interactions sometime in history. I’m not surprised; it was probably popular given that it is so easy to make. The wax is composed of four ingredients found in your kitchen: sugar, lemon, water, and salt. The best part about this wax is that it is easily washed off with warm water. Gone are the days of using oil to remove stubborn bits of leftover wax from your skin! It is also reusable. You can store the used & unused portions in the fridge for several weeks.
Here is what you will need:
- A saucepan
- A kitchen counter that won’t be damaged from heat (Alternatively, you can use a pie pan to cool your wax)
- 1 cup of sugar
- Juice from half of a lemon
- A dash of salt
- 1/4 cup of water
- Mix the ingredients together in a saucepan
- Allow the mixture to boil while you continue to stir
- After 5-10 minutes (time varies), the mixture should turn brownish underneath all of the bubbles. If you used raw sugar and the bubbles were brown to begin with, check for a dark amber color. You can momentarily take the mixture off of the stove and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Then, you can use a spoon to see if it has a thick syrupy consistency.
- Pour the bubbling mixture onto your kitchen counter or a flat plate.
- Allow it to cool for a few minutes.
- Use a spoon to flip the outer edges of the mixture towards its center. Gradually make it into a roughly-shaped ball.
- Rinse your hands with cold water. This will combat some of the sugar paste’s stickiness. Now, knead the paste into a nicer-looking ball.
The above instructions are a written summary of this video:
I’ve also noticed that cooking time varies with stoves. I boil my sugar on high heat and it takes 6-8 minutes for the sugar paste to be ready for cooling. If your paste cools and it is way too gooey, pop it back on the stove and boil away some water. Here’s what it looks like when it is too gooey:
Once it turns into hard candy, you won’t be able to simply wash it off of your dishes. You must soak it in boiling hot water in order to dissolve it away.
If you keep turning your sugar into hard candy, you can use a candy thermometer. I did not use one, but if you choose to, you should heat up your sugar to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do a little more research on candy science, you will find out that this sugar paste is being taken off the stove right before it reaches the “hardball” stage, which is the stage used for making rock candy.
Don’t apply the wax to your body while it is hot. It is usable at ROOM TEMPERATURE. There is no need to apply sugar paste as a hot wax. You can warm it up in the microwave if you want to, but you might end up making it more firm once it solidifies after cooling. You should apply sugar wax towards the direction of hair growth and pull it off in the opposite direction (against the grain). Just be careful, though. If you have never waxed yourself EVER in your life, you should research waxing techniques and have an experienced friend show you.
Here’s a good demonstration on how to use it: