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Hard Sugar Wax Recipe | How To Make DIY Sugar Wax

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Are you interested in a hard sugar wax recipe?

This DIY sugar wax doesn’t require strips for hair removal because the sugar paste is thick enough to pull out hairs with minimal pain.

And the result is a smooth skin you’d be happy with for weeks.

So in this post, I’ll show you how to make hard sugar wax, how to wax yourself, waxing mistakes to avoid for better results, how to reheat wax, and other helpful tips you need to know about sugar waxing.

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How To Make Hard Sugar Wax

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Otherwise, follow the steps below.

DIY Sugar wax ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

And a few kitchen tools.

  • a saucepan,
  • a wooden spoon,
  • a ceramic or pyrex bowl,
  • ice cubes, and a bowl of water (to make a cool water bath).
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Directions

  1. Place an empty pyrex or ceramic bowl in an ice bath in your kitchen sink. This is to chill the bowl to handle the boiling sugar wax.

2. Then add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and water to a saucepan, and cook on the stovetop, stirring continuously.

3. When the sugaring wax starts boiling and foaming, reduce the heat, but keep stirring.

4. Keep watching it. When it is golden brown, your hard sugar wax is ready. (If you notice smoke, it means your wax paste is burning).

5. Next, remove your saucepan from the stove, and pour the wax into your prepared bowl that’s still sitting in the ice bath.

6. Continue stirring the sugaring wax in the bowl with a spoon to help it cool faster. As it cools, it gets thicker.

8. Pinch a bit to check the temperature. Be careful not to burn your fingers.

9. When it is warm enough to touch, the sugaring wax is ready for kneading.

If using the stove seems too much for you, here’s how to make sugar wax in the microwave.

Scroll down to print a copy of this recipe to make it whenever you like.

How to knead hard sugar wax

  • Wet your palms with cold water, and scoop the lump of DIY hard sugar wax into your palm, then start pulling it apart and folding it back together.
  • Just play with it for a bit as you do with slime.
  • As you knead, the wax gets cooler and may become a tad sticky.
  • Your wax is well kneaded and ready for use if it is soft, a little sticky but not melting.
  • Now divide your DIY hard wax into portions for one-time use or store everything in a tight lid container.

How to store it

Lightly grease your container before putting the wax in it. This makes it easy to get the wax out when you need it.

Your homemade hard sugar wax will stay preserved for weeks – in an air-tight container – in the fridge or even on your countertop.

How to reheat hard sugaring wax

If your sugaring wax is in a glass jar, you can reheat it in the microwave for 5 – 10 seconds or more. It depends on the amount of wax in the jar.

For plastic containers that are not microwave-safe, place the container in a warm water bath to heat slowly.

Reheating sugar wax in warm water takes a lot of time, so make sure to store sugar wax in a microwave-safe glass container.

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How To Sugar Wax Yourself

First, prep the things you need before you begin sugar waxing. Since this is a hard sugaring wax, you don’t need strips.

But make sure you have other things listed below.

  • Paper towel folded, to dab sweat off your skin especially the bikini area while waxing.
  • Talcum powder – to soak up excess oil in your underarms, legs, and arms.
  • And your post-wax care kit – baking soda, tweezers, aloe vera gel, honey, and a clean washcloth.
  • Before we continue, I want you to know that you can achieve a Brazillian wax at home with this DIY sugar wax recipe.
  • First things first, make sure your skin is oil and moisture-free before you start sugaring with your hard wax.
  • Apply baby powder to the area you want to wax. And keep it within reach to use more when needed.
  • If you are waxing your private parts, please don’t use talcum powder, use paper towels instead.
  • Fold several pieces of paper towel to soak up sweat and blood. Sometimes you bleed when sugar waxing, especially in the bikini area.
  • Next, knead a piece of wax with wet fingers until it is soft and a bit sticky.
  • Then pull your skin taut and apply the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth, and with one swift move in the other direction, pull out the hairs.
  • Don’t spend time thinking about the pain. It would hurt anyway, so get it over with as quickly as you can.
  • Place your palm on the spot to soothe the pain.
  • Repeat the same process until you have waxed out the whole area.
  • Make sure to follow with post-waxing care.

Before we get into post-sugar waxing care, let’s talk about some mistakes that can mess up your results after a DIY hard wax hair removal.

You may also love DIY Honey Sugar Wax Recipe | How To Make.

9 sugar waxing mistakes that can mess up your results

Hard Sugar Wax Recipe | How To Make DIY Sugar Wax
  1. Applying the wax in the wrong direction of hair growth
  2. Waiting too long between application, this makes waxing more painful.
  3. Not waxing regularly.
  4. Skipping post-waxing care.
  5. Applying wax to damp skin – wax won’t stick.
  6. Using antiperspirants the same day after waxing.
  7. Wearing the wrong clothes post waxing.
  8. Using the wrong post-wax care products.
  9. Exfoliating before waxing.

Post-waxing care to follow for better results

After sugar waxing, the last thing you want to see is bumps and rashes. But with proper post-waxing care, you can prevent these from happening.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Wipe leftover hard sugar wax off your skin with a wet washcloth,
  • Use a tweezer to pluck out short hairs your wax didn’t pull out,
  • Next, apply a slightly thick baking soda water paste to the waxed areas, and exfoliate gently. This gets rid of dead skin and bacteria.
  • Then rinse off the baking soda after several minutes.
  • And follow with honey or aloe vera. If you are using honey, remember to rinse out after some minutes.
  • Lastly, apply a light moisturizer.
  • Don’t use deodorants or antiperspirants on your underarms for at least 24 hours.
  • Wear loose-fit clothes that won’t touch or rub against your skin. In other words, avoid the friction caused by tight clothing or underwear.

Other tips for better sugar wax results

  • Depending on how fast your hair grows back, don’t wait too long before sugar waxing again.
  • If you’ve just had a bikini wax, do not wear panties or any clothing that can cause friction to the area.
  • Wait at least 24 hours before using antiperspirants or deodorants.
  • Use a mild scrub to exfoliate freshly waxed skin.
  • And lastly, make it a habit to exfoliate waxed areas regularly, even when new hairs begin to grow.
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Common questions about sugar waxing

Can you sugar wax pubic hair?

Yes, hard sugar wax works well for sugaring pubic hair, underarms, legs, arms, even chin.

Like I mentioned earlier, use several folds of paper towels to soak up sweat when sugar waxing your pubic area instead of talcum powder.

Can you do a Brazilian wax with hard sugar wax?

You can get a full Brazillian or Hollywood wax with hard sugar wax at home.

Whenever I sugar wax at home, I do a full Brazillian because I would leave no stone unturned.

Which is better? Pubic hair shaving or sugaring

Once you know how to sugar wax, you’d see that waxing pubic hair is way better than shaving.

Because sugar hair removal gives you a smooth finish, and you stay hair-free for weeks, unlike shaving that lasts only a week and causes bumps, ingrown hairs, or even worse, darkens your skin.

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Can the hair be too long for wax hair removal?

Yes, the hair can be too long for waxing. The ideal length of hair before waxing is ¼ of an inch.

If it is longer than this length, it may not wax out properly, cause hair breakage and pain.

But you can trim it before waxing.

I’ve never trimmed hair before sugar waxing, but I know people do.

Does waxed hair grow back thinner?

After sugar wax hair removal, the new hair growth is usually lighter. And for someone with coil-like thick hair, sugaring has softened and thinned my hair out.

Is DIY sugar waxing easy?

First-time at-home sugaring may be difficult. But it also depends on your pain tolerance.

During my first time sugar waxing, I felt the pain in my brain. Lol.

And because I wasn’t consistent, I felt that way several times.

But if you sugar wax every four weeks, you’d get used to it. And realize it’s not as painful as regular spa waxing.

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Can you sugar wax yourself?

Yes, you can do a sugaring hair removal yourself. Start with your underarms to test your pain limit before moving to the bikini area.

I make my own wax for sugaring hair removal at home.

Why sugar paste doesn’t stick to the skin

Here are a few reasons why your hard sugar wax won’t stick to your skin:

  • The wax wasn’t kneaded enough – try to knead it with wet fingers to soften and make it sticky.
  • Also, sugar wax will not stick if the skin is wet – make sure your skin is thoroughly dry before applying the wax.

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Sugar Wax Recipe

Yield: 1 Medium mason jar

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How to make sugaring wax for hair removal at home.

Materials

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Tools

  • a saucepan,
  • a wooden spoon,
  • a ceramic or pyrex bowl,
  • ice cubes, and a bowl of water (to make a cool water bath).

Instructions

  1. Place an empty pyrex or ceramic bowl in an ice bath in your kitchen sink. This is to chill the bowl to handle the boiling sugar wax.
  2. Then add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and water to a saucepan, and cook on the stovetop, stirring continuously.
  3. When the sugar wax starts boiling and foaming, reduce the heat, but keep stirring.
  4. Keep watching it. When it is golden brown, your hard sugar wax is ready. (If you notice smoke, it means your wax paste is burning).
  5. Next, remove your saucepan from the stove, and pour the wax into your prepared bowl that’s still sitting in the ice bath.
  6. Continue stirring the wax in the bowl with a spoon to help it cool faster. As the wax cools, it gets thicker.
  7. Pinch a bit to check the temperature. Be careful not to burn your fingers.
  8. When it is warm enough to touch, the sugaring wax is ready for kneading.
  9. Wet your palms with cold water, and scoop the lump of DIY hard sugar wax into your palm, then start pulling it apart and folding it back together.
  10. Just play with it for a bit as you do with slime.
  11. As you knead, the wax gets cooler and may become a tad sticky.
  12. Your wax is well kneaded and ready for use if it is soft, a little sticky but not melting.
  13. Now divide your DIY sugar wax into portions for one-time use or store everything in a tight lid container.

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Boom! How to make sugar wax for hair removal

There you go! DIY hard sugar wax for sugaring hair removal at home.

It is very cheap, and it would give you a Brazilian wax at home.

Remember to follow with post-waxing care to achieve the best results.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. I will be more than happy to help you.

Did you make this DIY sugaring wax?

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Mel

Thursday 4th of November 2021

I tried to make this wax and it got hard way too fast and never got to the sticky point even though I kept kneading it. I tried applying it and it didn't skin to my hair or skin. What should I do?

Buayifa Ojeogwu

Friday 5th of November 2021

Hi Mel, Making sugar wax for the first time can be tricky. And you'd end up with hard annoying wax that won't knead or stick to the skin. That's just the way it is... sometimes. The first time I made hard sugar wax, it was hard just like yours, and I tossed it in the bin. Then I tried again, until the third time before I got it right. And even after then, I still made some tough wax that I couldn't do anything with. But here's what you can do:

You can either make a new one with more lemon juice. And when the sugar is melted and light syrupy, add the tough sugar wax and stir until both are combined. Reduce the heat and keep your eyes on it. Once it is honey color, take your saucepan off the stove, and let the wax cool. Keep stirring it in the saucepan until it is cool. Don't cool it in cold water, let it cool slowly in the saucepan before transferring it into a glass jar.

I hope this helps. Let me know how it went. xx, Buayifa.

Rachel

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Hey, you said at the end " to follow with post-waxing care to achieve the best results." What would.posy waxing care include? I have never waxed before but I am ready to start! Great post!

Buayifa Ojeogwu

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Hi Rachel, If you scroll towards the bottom of the post, you'd see post-waxing care steps listed there. Just look for "Post-waxing care to follow for better results" Everything is listed there. I hope that helps. xx, Buayifa.

Andrea B

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Thanks for this!! There’s a lot of info out there about sugar waxing but for beginners it leaves out a lot of helpful tips and this was really in depth. I tested a patch with sugar waxing for the first time last night and it went well! I’m hoping with the proper care, this will reduce my ingrown hairs from shaving.

Buayifa Ojeogwu

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Hi Andrea B, You are so welcome. Yay! I'm so happy the patch test worked well for you. Sugar waxing reduced my ingrown hairs from shaving, and I hope it does the same for you. And yes, with proper care, you'd get great results from sugar waxing. I'm so glad you found my DIY hard sugar wax recipe post helpful and informative. xx, Buayifa.

Rachael McGuire

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Great tips! Need all advice I can get as our salons are still closed in the UK! Can always rely on you! 😍

Buayifa

Sunday 7th of March 2021

Hi Rachael. Of course, this Homemade hard sugar wax has been a lifesaver. Have you seen the Honey Sugar Wax recipe? It's also really good and requires little to no kneading. I'm glad you found this DIY sugar wax tutorial helpful. Thanks for stopping by. xx, Buayifa.

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