I was going to tame those ferocious beasts!
There are two ways you can go about using the sugaring method to remove body hair.
One way is to warm it up and use it as a wax, complete with the joy of ripping it off of your body with "tape" strips. In this case, the gel is to be warmed up, but not at as high a temperature as would be used in typical waxing. This is a plus for a chicken like me, but the idea of ripping anything off of my body inspires fear.
I chose the second method.
The second method is to create a paste that gets applied to your body at room temperature. This is actually the traditional way of doing it, and appears to lessen the chances of ingrown hairs and irritation.
Lessen the chances of pain and suffering? This is something I can get behind!
I used a tutorial that I found to be clear and easy to follow.
First, gather your ingredients.
There isn't much. All you're working with is sugar, lemon juice, and water. Specifically, according to Naomi Torres of About.com, the writer of the spectacular tutorial I discovered, you'll need:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of water
Simple, right? I thought so, too.
Unfortunately, after plopping my ingredients into my pot, I realized I was going to have a bit of difficulty.
The steps are easy, but
The recipe calls for a pot with a thick bottom, and Ms. Torres was using standard sugar. I, on the other hand, had a pot made of thin metal, and pure cane sugar.
The pot was a problem because my sugary goo was going to cook at a much faster rate, unless I was very vigilant.
Yeah... we know that won't happen!
That's ok, though... I have a tendency to wing it, anyway, right?
So that's exactly what I did.
I threw my 3 ingredients together in my way-too-thin pot, and set the burner temperature to medium, stirring often.
- Stir the ingredients together in a pot set to medium heat until it begins to boil.
- Once you hit boiling, reduce the heat to low, and allow it to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. If you're using standard sugar, it'll take on a rose colored hue. If, like me, you're using pure cane sugar, this color change won't occur. You'll be staring at something that resembles maple syrup, instead.
- Remove your pot from the heat, and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is the hard part. You're going to keep staring at it, hoping time will speed up. 10 minutes of inactivity feels like twenty. This is a good time to lick the spoon clean, not because that'll serve any real purpose, but because it's pretty yummy, and you have nothing else to do anyway, right? Right.
- Once the eternal wait is complete, pour the mixture into an air tight container. The writer was very specific about this. She used plastic, but I prefer glass. Either way, as long as it's air-tight you're good to go.
- Let it cool completely. I let it sit overnight, just to be sure. I didn't want to take any chances. I mean, this is my skin that it's going to be covering, right? The last thing I want is to apply it too soon!
In the end, mine looked like this.
There were quite a few bubbles on the top, but since the writer didn't mention anything about this being a problem, I figured I was doing ok. Only time would tell, so I waited until the next day and took a glob of it out to examine the texture.
It seemed a bit different than the sugaring result that she displayed, but it didn't seem too stiff, either. I worried that it may be too sticky to work with, but decided to see what would happen.
One quick note: She mentioned in an update that some people had a problem with their sugaring mixtures ending up too solid to work with. If this happens, she suggests adding a small amount of water and heating it up a bit to get it to soften. Then, of course, you're going to have to let it cool again.
Tomorrow I'll talk about the actual process of hair removal, and don't worry... I won't hold back. I'll tell you all about any pain, mess, or lack thereof. I'll be sure you know it all, so there won't be any surprises.
You'll know exactly what to expect.
And in the end, that's really what we all want to know, right?