Cleopatra’s Secret: How To Make Sugaring Paste For Hair Removal At Home

Sugaring might sound very confusing. What does it mean and how it can actually help to get rid of an unwanted hair?

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What is sugaring?

This ancient technique is called sugar, caramel, sweet, or even Persian epilation. The last name indicates the origin of this procedure comes from Arab countries. Some sources claim that it was actively used in ancient Egypt. Famous beauties Nefertiti and Cleopatra used to get rid of unwanted hair with the help of sugar hair removal.

Many say that sugaring is less painful than waxing. The reason behind it is that the sugar sticks to your hair while wax – to your skin. The most painful part is the bikini zone, but the technique is suitable even for sensitive skin as it consists of natural ingredients. It will help you stay hair-free for about 4 weeks.

How does it work?

To remove your hair, you’d need to make a sugar paste. It can be purchased at the beauty salons, but it’s possible to make it at home. Sugar mixture is applied against the hair growth to the skin and removed with a quick movement in the opposite direction after 20-30 seconds.

The advantages of sugaring

Sugaring has become the choice of many women. The reasons for its popularity lie in many advantages over other methods of hair removal:

  • effectiveness – sugaring paste covers all the hairs and easily pulls them out, so a properly performed procedure guarantees complete hair removal;
  • cheapness - to effectively combat the unwanted hair, it is not necessary to visit the beauty salon because sugaring paste can be made at home with the ingredients like granulated sugar, lemon juice or citric acid, and water;
  • versatility - the sugaring technique is suitable for the whole body, including the armpits, the bikini zone, and even the upper lip area;
  • naturalness - the sugaring paste’s ingredients are quite harmless, - sugar, lemon juice, and water - so they are perfect for sensitive skin.

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Home-made sugaring paste

To make your own sugaring paste, you’ll need:

  • 10 tablespoons of sugar;
  • 4 tablespoons of water;
  • half a lemon juice or a half teaspoon of citric acid.

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan with a thick bottom and put it on a small heat.

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Cover the pan with a lid and stir occasionally so that the sugar doesn’t burn. At first, the mixture will become transparent, but when it will start to boil, it will get a caramel shade. This will take 5-7 minutes.

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Don’t overheat the mixture and don’t leave it for too long. It should be slightly darker than a lemon tea. When the mixture is ready, remove the pan from the heat and cool the paste to a comfortable temperature.

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If the mixture sticks to your hands and rolls into a ball, you need to cook it a little bit more.

The hair removal

Now, you can get to the hair removing process. Hair length has to be at least 0,11-0,19in (3-5 mm long). Take a piece of your paste (walnut size) and knead it with your hands until it lightens.

Apply the paste on a clean and dry skin against your hair growth and spread it. Use the stripe on top and smooth the paste, going against the direction of hair growth. Pull the paste off quickly in the direction of hair growth. This will help prevent ingrown hair. Clean any excess paste using water and don’t forget to moisturize your skin with a fragrance-free moisturizer.

What to use instead of stripes?

If you don’t have stripes for hair removal, you can use:

  • parchment for baking;
  • dense tracing paper;
  • natural flax;
  • cotton.

So there you have it! Now, you can get ready for a bikini season and show off your smooth, beautiful legs.

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