Waxing body hair can be an expensive procedure at many spas or salons and works by applying a layer of hot wax to the skin. A piece of cotton fabric is then placed over the hot wax and pulled firmly, removing the hair from the skin. This same process can be accomplished at home by making a homemade wax with some common products, but note that caution should be used as the wax can be very hot and may cause burns.
- Mix together ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 cups sugar and ¼ cup water in a medium saucepan.
- Cook the ingredients together over low heat. Stir constantly. Continue cooking until the sugar dissolves and a thick liquid forms.
- Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
- Use a flat knife to apply the wax to skin in a thick, even layer. Place a large strip of clean cotton over the wax and pull firmly in the direction of hair growth.
- Apply a cold compress to the newly waxed skin to provide cooling.
- Apply the wax to the skin while still very warm. Store any remaining wax in a heat-proof container and keep in the refrigerator. Heat in the microwave before use.
Remember to use caution whenever you are applying a hot substance to your skin! Burned skin is not only no fun but it can be dangerous too. If you are not sure that you can wax your skin at home safely and correctly, visit a hair removal professional first to see how the process is done and then try mimicking the same steps at home.