I have been making my own sugar wax for about 11 years now. Making the wax is fairly easy, but there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to how to use it. This post is not a detailed tutorial on sugar waxing, it’s simply the recipe I use, some very basic information on how to use it and some of my best practice tips.
Sugar Wax Recipe
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Salt
Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan and stir until there are no dry spots. Turn on the burner to high, and stir continuously. Don't let it reach a full boil, but once it's bubbling a little turn it down to a simmer and watch it carefully stirring here and there to keep it from bubbling over. Don't walk away, AT ALL. I can tell when it's done by the color. When it starts to turn brown, you should take it off the heat. I never had a candy thermometer to check, but if you have one, the temperature you are aiming for is 260 degrees Fahrenheit. It usually takes about 5-10 minutes. If you keep cooking it after it turns that amber color, it can become to thick and hard to use. This part might take practice, but it's so worth it! Let it cool partially before pouring into a plastic container. Allow it to cool completely before using it the first time. It is super hard to get out of glass, and you can easily recycle a sourcream container or use a meal prep container. I've even kept it in a ziplock bag before.
To use the Wax
I usually microwave the wax for 15-20 seconds to get it out of the container, because it get's a little stiff. Once you get out a blob of it, you need to stretch it with your fingers pulling air into it. The color will lighten to a golden hue, and it is ready when it's warm enough to spread on your skin and sticky enough to stick and pull hairs. Once in a while I have to add a tiny bit of water to a thick paste. I do this by wetting a finger and continuing to pull it. For hair removal, there are two methods. You can spread in the direction of the hair growth and pull in a quick motion as you would with cloth strips. You can also use wax strips if the wax is stickier than it should be, and I do recommend having some on hand. The other method is to smooth it in the opposite direction of the hair growth and pull it in a flicking motion in the direction of the hair so that it comes out directing the way it is growing out. This method may be preferred if you have a helper, but for doing it alone, I find a combination of efforts work to get the job done. It can help to have a good look in at the hair growth pattern to determine which direction each section grows. It can be a bit random. Watch some youtube! I don't think I can do justice to this whole thing in a few words, and I don't have a video to share, but my recipe is good to print. Feel free to comment with questions.
I recommend you do some research, learn from different people on youtube and even go to a professional sugaring salon to experience the real deal, and keep a notebook of when you waxed and how you did it. My biggest problem over the years has been in regards to remembering what I did differently. The few times I’ve experienced ingrown hairs have been due to breaking the hairs off rather than pulling them out by the root. You need to look at the sugar wax to see that you are getting roots. Practice and you will get this down!