Hello everyone on the blog, this is my first post and I would like to start by thanking you for this opportunity to share my knowledge with you.
I chose this topic because very few western women are aware of the benefits of mother sugar, and since we practically eliminate it from our diets, why not use it to make us even more beautiful.
Since ancient times, women have sought different ways of depilation, just as men have evolved shaving techniques. The method used for depilation has varied and evolved until today, however the Egyptians, the Greeks and the ancient oriental cultures depilated their bodies as a means of hygiene, purity or simply tradition. Of course, since ancient times women have been the practitioners par excellence of these techniques, since it has always been considered that a body without hair is a more beautiful and more stylised body. Nowadays, the sugar depilation method is very common among Israeli women, and in the Middle East it is known as "Hawala".
Tweezing aims to remove one or two hairs from the root, which allows them to grow more slowly and more finely. The tediousness of this method has meant that tweezers are now used only for definition and precision work. They allow the removal of a larger number of hairs, which, as with tweezing, will grow weaker and slower. This makes it possible to be more beautiful for longer and with less sacrifice.
Before you start
Before we begin, I would like to mention that for those of you who are used to shaving, you will know that this thickens the hair during its growth and also thickens the root, so it is very likely that the first time you use this method you will do it after bathing, as this is when the pores are more dilated and this will make the process easier.
Another point to consider is the length of the hair. To ensure better hair removal, it is advisable to let the hair grow for some time, until it reaches approximately 1.5 cm in length. This way, the sugar will have a larger surface to adhere to, and more hairs will be removed.
And as a last recommendation: DO NOT apply any cream, oil or lotion on the skin to be waxed, before waxing, as this will cause the sugar not to adhere well to the hair, and therefore you run the risk of suffering further irritation and bruising.
Well, the first thing you will need to do is to gather the following materials:
- 1 cup sugar.
- 2 teaspoons of water.
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice.
- 1 small saucepan for sauces.
- 1 butter knife or wooden/plastic palette knife.
- A few pieces of linen or cotton cut into rectangles of approximately 8cm x 13cm.
- Place the sugar, water and lemon juice in the saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
- ADJUST THE COOKING TEMPERATURE ACCORDING TO THE TEXTURE OF THE MIXTURE. It should be slightly frothy but not boiling hot, if so lower the temperature a little, to avoid burning.
- The mixture is ready when no visible sugar granules are visible when a spoonful of the mixture is scooped out.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes, until it takes on the consistency of honey. At this point pour it into a microwaveable container.
- Wait for it to cool down a little and put it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, the aim is to cool it down to avoid burning. Avoid chilling it too much, otherwise it will become hard. (If it gets too hard just heat it in the microwave for a few seconds).
There are two ways of performing hair removal:
- With the mixture in the consistency of depilatory honey.
- With the mixture in the consistency of a malleable paste.
Both ways are very effective, however in this post I will only detail the first one as it is the one I use and the one I am most familiar with.
1.- Before waxing you need to have at hand: the butter knife (or palette knife), the cloth rectangles, talcum powder or starch powder and a bowl with water.
2.- Prepare the skin to be depilated by spreading a little talcum powder on it, smoothing it with your hands to remove the excess.
Remove the container from the freezer and check its temperature. At a comfortable temperature, and with a depilatory honey consistency, take the butter knife (or palette knife) and remove a portion of honey from the jar.
4.- Spread a layer of honey on the depilatory area, and immediately place a piece of cloth over the layer of depilatory honey.
5.- Rub your hand over the fabric in the direction of hair growth (e.g. downwards), to adhere the honey to the hairs and the fabric.
6.- With one hand, hold the skin firmly to prevent it from tightening, pulling and subsequent bruising. To know where to hold the skin, you must consider the direction in which the hair grows. Since the honey was spread in the same direction as the hair growth, and the cloth strip will be removed in the opposite direction, you should hold the skin at the point where it coincides with the end of the strip that will be held for removal - For example: if the hair grows in a downward direction, the band will be removed in an upward direction, so holding the strip should be done at its lower end, and holding the skin should be done at the same point.
7.- Hold the piece of cloth and pull in the opposite direction to the hair growth. It is necessary to make a single firm pull and not to repeat the procedure more than twice per area, as this may cause excessive redness.
8.- Repeat steps 2 to 7, in the areas where necessary. If any honey remains on the skin or clothes, it can be easily removed with water.
Finish waxing with an astringent lotion and a balm to prevent or soothe irritation.
Remember that depilation is an exfoliation, so it is recommended to avoid very hot showers or sun exposure of the depilated areas to avoid staining or darkening of the skin.
Many of us avoid the waxing method because of the post-depilatory burning that it produces, however, this method is more bearable and if we maintain hygiene measures before, during and after the depilation process we will considerably reduce irritation and the risk of possible infection.
I hope you liked this particular method, and although it may seem too simple to be true, it is really effective and above all 100% natural. So please feel free to do it, comment on how it went and share your doubts or suggestions.