Sat. Jul 4th, 2020

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Sugarcoating Lockdown

Being single means that shaving your legs is optional. Especially so during our fun-filled lockdown time. Given that we are all housebound (at least for most of us) during this global crisis, you may think that a short back and sides would be the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Being single means that shaving your legs is optional. Especially so during our fun-filled lockdown time. Given that we are all housebound (at least most of us) during this global crisis, you may think that a short back and sides would be the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Since the temptation to give yourself, or your loved ones and housemates, a quick cut appears matched only by the desire to bake at the moment.

Removal of body hair – particularly pubic hair – is often best left to the professionals. While shaving your legs may be straightforward, waxing your bikini line is another matter. So, is it time to go au naturel?

Most people don’t own their own waxing pens, rollers or just general waxing kits. With few of the people visiting waxing salons regularly, we have now joined #Reforestation or we simply shave our nit bits in an attempt to make ourselves presentable for a steamy night…in. Even if we get our hands on some DIY waxing strips, it could be harmful to your skin to attempt using it if you don’t know what you are doing or what skin type you have. Even using hair removal cream could leave you sitting on frozen peas for the rest of the day – especially if you have dark, thick hair.

Luckily I have found an alternative, somewhat easy to make recipe for homemade wax. Sugaring. I say somewhat easy to make because it took me a few tries to get the recipe just right. 

Sugar waxing (or sugaring) has become a popular waxing option in recent years, as it’s thought to be a more natural, less painful option than soft and hard waxing. Sugar wax is made from sugar, water, and some form of citric acid, such as lemon juice.

You can make sugar wax with 3 simple ingredients and do your waxing at home. All you need is granulated white sugar, lemon juice, and water. Sugar wax is also less painful than traditional hot wax, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin.

What is Sugaring?

Sugaring is a natural hair-removal technique. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring does not require paper strips. Instead, you use a special paste made out sugar, lemon juice, and water. Using your hands, smooth the paste onto the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth and let it sit for a few seconds. The paste cools a bit and gets slightly harder. Then flick it off in the direction of hair growth to keep the hair intact and prevent breakage, 

What is in the sugaring paste?

As mentioned above, the sugaring paste is made out of sugar, lemon juice, and water—and nothing else. There are no chemicals, fragrance, or colouring added. It’s also hypoallergenic, making it a viable option for ultra-sensitive skin. It is so natural, a sweet-toothed person can even eat it! Traditional wax is heated to make it into a liquid and is applied hot. This can lead to accidental burns and even scarring sometimes. However, sugaring paste is applied at body temperature. It’s also easily removed with water.

Where on your body can you get sugared?

Anywhere, really! Legs, arms, bikini area, lips, even underarms—anywhere you’d like to remove hair as long as the hair is long enough to pull out. So what is the appropriate length? Sugaring requires a one-eighth inch of hair, about the length of a grain of rice. This is the length it typically grows just five to seven days after shaving. There’s only one type of hair they don’t recommend getting sugared —men’s facial hair. 

What’s the pain like compared to waxing?

Although pain tolerance differs for everyone, most people report their sugaring experiences to be less painful than waxing (Writer’s note: As someone who has done both, I can tell you from firsthand experience I found sugaring to be much less painful. Although it isn’t completely pain-free like shaving, I didn’t feel any discomfort afterwards like I did when I got waxed.)

How often can you get sugared?

That can depend on your hair type. For women with thick and dark hair, it may be more often compared to those who have fine, light hair. If you’re unsure, do a trial-and-error method (besides- what else are you going to do during a lockdown?). The best part is, the more you do it, the less you’ll have to!

Before you go ahead and start throwing together a few items into a pot an applying it to your skin; watch this clip to give you more or less of an idea on what to expect. Happy waxing!

SUGAR WAX RECIPE

Here’s a homemade sugar wax recipe:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. salt

Melt all ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat. Once it begins to boil, stir the mixture to combine all the ingredients. Allow the mixture to continue cooking until it’s a caramelized colour like honey. Once fully cooked, transfer to a container and allow to cool.

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