Introduction: How to Sugar-wax Your Legs

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So, it's winter. If you live in the buttcrack of Minnesota like me, around this time of year you look at your legs and go, EW! I REALLY LOOK LIKE A YETI! This instructable is an easy way to wax your legs at home with stuff you have in the kitchen. after the first few comments I have recieved I feel compelled to expound upon this instructable with some history and reasons for waxing. Ok, waxing is an alternative to shaving and has pros and cons just like shaving. The pros are that waxed hair grows back slower,softer and lighter than shaved hair, especially if you have been waxing for a while. The major con is that it stings a bit. But come on, it's really not that bad. Also, this method of waxing with sugar has been popular since antiquity. My family is from Israel and sugarwaxing is called "Hawala" in the Middle East, where it originated. Some guys that have commented seem to think this is gross (or maybe it's just my hairy legs in the pic). Dudes- ask your girlfriend (or your mom) about waxing. It's very common and pretty spendy at your local salon.

Step 1: Stir It Up

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you will need-

- 1 cup sugar
- 2 TBSP water
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- small sauce pan
- butter knife or popsicle stick
- several cotton or linen fabric scraps cut into 3x5in. strips (old sheets and dishcloths work great)
- hairy legs ( at least 1/2 inch of growth)

Add the sugar, water and lemon juice to pan and bring to boil over medium heatand boil over medium-low heat for 5-8 minutes stirring CONSTANTLY(!) the mixture should be slightly frothy but not boiling up all over-adjust heat accordingly. The mixture is finished when you can look at a spoonful of it and see no granules of sugar.

Step 2: Cool It

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let the mixture sit in the pot for a few minutes ( until it is the consistancy of honey) then pour it into a heat-safe container.

Step 3: Is It Ready Yet?

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stick the stuff in the fridge for a good 15-20 minutes. when it has cooled to the point where it is lukewarm, you're ready to de-hair! PLEASE make sure that the sugar wax has cooled enough because you can really burn the crap out of yourself if it is too hot (super-hot+super-sticky=napalm!!!!)

Step 4: Rip It!

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ok, now bust out those hairy legs and spread a thin layer of sugarwax on a small part of your leg use butter knife or popsicle stick. Immediately cover that area with a cloth strip and rub it down firmly. Now close your eyes and think of a happy place and quickly tear the cloth strip away from your leg in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Swear loudly and repeat this process until your legs are as smooth as Ella Fitzgerald's voice. You can save any leftover sugarwax in the fridge and microwave it for use again, although I have no idea whether it would go bad after a while or not.


AniketD17 (author)2016-08-26

it burns everything turns!

prickly vegan (author)2016-07-12

Just a tip, from what I've read, the direction of application and ripping matters quite a lot. According to several online sources, it is most beneficial to apply the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth, then pull off the strip/wax in the direction of growth. This helps to prevent ingrown hairs, and might be less painful. Worth a try anyway. Also, I find it less painful when doing small patches at a time. When you start running out of patience, you'll be happy to suffer more by doing larger patches. ;) And, no, I have no idea why people think this is gross. It's just hair, people!

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ElizabethG38 (author)2015-11-10

NightRain1 (author)2015-10-20

For all those like me who had a hard time with this (it got hard and not sticky) i discovered the reason. We probably burned it. So don't cook it quite so long next time and it should work

EricB12 (author)2015-06-17

I did this just a week ago for my wife and it worked perfectly. You would be surprised how easy it is to make some common household products we use on a daily basis. The lotion you use has a main ingredient that is aloe vera. You can grow it in your home and use it as a lotion, or to remedy burns and cuts. This article was a quite a great and informative read.

Eric |

EricB12 (author)2015-06-17

I did this just a week ago for my wife and it worked perfectly. You would be surprised how easy it is to make some common household products we use on a daily basis. The lotion you use has a main ingredient that is aloe vera. You can grow it in your home and use it as a lotion, or to remedy burns and cuts. This article was a quite a great and informative read.

Eric |

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KaitlynA1 (author)2015-06-09

Ok i need help really bad i did everthing it told,me and i let it cool for a while. But still,really hot and if i let it cool,anymore it will,be hard as a rock so what do i do ???!?!?!?

Mortem_Deus (author)2014-11-04

I made this mixture and put it on my hairy legs.

I must of done it wrong as it felt like tearing my own skin off.

I now have a small patch of very red skin and I must say I am close to tears.

2/10 would not do again.

P.s I'm a male ;-;

JuliaR3 (author)Mortem_Deus2014-11-25

sounds like u didn't let it cool down :O

KaitlynA1 (author)JuliaR32015-06-09

Well i did everthing that it told,me to and it burns my skin and like,its really hot i let ir cool down but it gets hard so what do i do

Katebees made it! (author)2015-06-05

This is my second attempt at sugar waxing. I first used another recipe which included 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and water. The first time it came out very sticky and worked fine, however I figured there was better recipe for my second try. I just finished this patch (picture) and it just hardens right up on my skin! It's still warm and everything but refuses to stick to my skin. So first try very sticky this try not sticky at all. Any suggestions if I try again?

lilowloffeathers (author)2015-02-26

Plesse for the love of god, do NOT put the hot/warm mixture in the fridge, heated foods and drinks can cause your other fridge contents to go off and mouldy.

I would simply leave the mixture out on the side to cool, next to an open window preferably with a cloth or tea towel covering the bowl so that no dirt or bugs get stuck in the goop.

keisha.dedrick (author)2014-12-04

This stuff works awesome!Just finished one leg, about to move on to the other. Scared to try my unmentionables but I think i will brave it out later and try it out...Wish me luck!

Two words... Thick hairs... Lll

jianqiang (author)2009-02-15

I'm assuming doing this waxing thing is kinda a no no(or for the brave?) for unmentionable areas...or is it?

jackcday (author)jianqiang2009-06-23

Isn't sugar and naughty bits a bit of a no no?
Because of yeast infections etc. =S
You might wanna make sure it's all clean afterwards.

CrissyCannibal (author)jackcday2014-11-26

No way. Yeast infections usually occur when you've gone through antibiotics, the yeast is kept in check by healthy bacteria. You shouldn't get it up in your gibblybits anyway, just around the outside. A lot of people prefer sugaring down there, apparently it doesn't hurt as bad as conventional wax and it rinses completely off with soap and water.

You can totally wax your unmentionables. Just be prepared for some extra sting, and then some more sting, oh, and some more sting. I would try to get that done by a professional I trust though.

natta_ag (author)2014-10-31

Thank you very much i tryed to do it and read lot of instructions but i couldnt make it,but with your instruction i did everything from firts time thanks alot....

sossydj (author)2011-10-23

As a Los Angeles specialist doctor in spider vein removal, I would like to point out that sugar waxing, if not properly done may cause thread veins and spider vein to appear in the legs. I know this because I am of Lebanese origin where sugar waxing is very common. The two main important factors for preventing the formation of broken capillaries and spider veins are: the consistency of the wax and the way it is pulled out.

BotanicLotus (author)sossydj2012-02-21

Hi, thank you for this information. I would like to know how the consistency should be of the sugar wax and how to pull the wax to prevent the thread veins and spider veins. Thanks.

sossydj (author)BotanicLotus2012-06-22

I think the best way to learn would be to watch a professional waxing.

sossydj (author)2012-06-14

As a vein specialist doctor, I suggest that you are very careful when pulling out the wax as it may cause the formation of spider veins and broken capillaries.

Kaldasky (author)sossydj2012-06-21

There is no evidence to support this claim. The causes of spider veins are well documented and are more tied to weight, pressure applied to the area, and diet. If there were any studies that show the link to waxing and spider veins, I would like to see them.

sossydj (author)Kaldasky2012-06-22

Please refer to the following link in WebMB, where trauma or injury to the skin are listed, besides many others, as possible causes for the formation of spider veins, and waxing the wrong way may result in skin injuries and trauma:

kgrosse (author)2011-06-26

this was really helpful! :), first i dint have any lemon juice so i was like ill try it with out so i did and, well i couldn't tell if it was done or not, but i let it boil for a long time then i took it off the stove and i waited and try ed it out... it dint work i think its because im miss the lemon,

BUT it did make my skin feel silky smooth

jdenoyon (author)kgrosse2012-03-29

I actually read about sugaring on several different sites. Lemon apparently is preferred, but you could substitute lime juice or white vinegar in place of the lemon. One even said you could use orange juice... (I prefer to ~drink~ my orange juice, thank you!) My daughter and I are trying this for the first time tonight, if I don't chicken out!

simsgoddess (author)2012-03-06

you didnt cook it at high enough a temp or you didnt cook it long enough.

kiafayce (author)2011-01-27

It didn't work D:
I don't know what I did wrong
I put the stuff in a bowl,
boiled it
turned it down
and let it simmer for like 12 minutes

And I tried to cool it but it turned into this hard ball
so I added more water and heated it
and now it's just a mess

What did I do??? :[[

bcardwell2 (author)kiafayce2011-11-10

You boiled the sugar too long. You took it to what is known as "hard crack" stage (this recipe is literally making a firm-ball-stage candy). Get a candy thermometer (fryer thermometer) and aim for about 260 degrees Fahrenheit, then remove from heat.

abalan3 (author)2011-10-14

I plan on trying this at home.... is this procedure too senstive for thighs? Can i use papertowels or cotton towels?

mhryniew (author)2011-10-05

I will be going out on Friday night. I want to wax my legs, but I don't want them to look irritated. When would you guys recommend waxing? The day before? The night of? I want to look semi presentable!

sourcherry99 (author)2011-08-08

awesome instructable! a couple of suggestions/tips from my experience with sugaring:
-like someone else said using baby powder (or any even make up powder) lightly dusted on the hair that you're about to sugar will make it easier for the sugar-wax to grip the hairs
-for a fool proof way for the sugar-wax not to be too hard when you're boiling it, use a food thermometer, and let the wax heat up until 250°F (you can get one at ikea for like $7)
-to make one batch last, divide enough of the sugar-wax in different containers for one use, and heat those up because the more often you heat up the sugar wax the harder it gets
-this sounds odd, but to avoid getting your hands sticky, dip your hands in water, the wax won't stick to wet hands

komecake (author)2011-06-24

I think I might try this later today, but I definately don't have half an inch of growth and I'm not waiting to "grow it out" to get it. HAHA! I live in Florida and a girls legs gotta be nice and smooth when she's wearin' shorts and swimmin' all the time! So I'm gonna give it a try with my 1/4 inch hairs. We'll see how it goes. I can always just shave. :P

komecake (author)komecake2011-06-24

Well, I did it. It worked except for the hairs that were too little to pull off. This was my first time waxing... ever, so I think I did pretty good. Figured out a few tricks to get it off easier and that paper towels work just find for strips! Just cut the small ones twice and wala! Will try this again if I have the patience to let all of the hairs grow out longer. :P

NVision (author)2011-06-14


you will need-

- hairy legs ''

LMAO! Wonderful!

jmccallum (author)2011-05-23

Can you reheat the sugar wax with wax pots??

dobeedobeedo (author)2008-02-29

Great instructable! Clear and detailed. I've just tried it (this morning) and I think maybe I should have waited until I'd gotten a bit left lots of little hairs behind. Or maybe I didn't wait long enough before I pulled it off? Anyway, a great money saving idea. For anyone who gets little red bumps, probably from hair follicle irritation, try Vanicream. Very soothing and got rid of the little red bumps pronto! A question...Can this be used on the underarm or on facial hair?

lkaufman (author)dobeedobeedo2011-02-26

i sugared my pits once.... HOLY BAJESUS!!!! that one hurt really really bad! i bled a little too. but it did take longer for the hair to grow back... but i won't do that again anytime soon!

nsatter (author)lkaufman2011-05-01

lolx that is the worst place to get done from my experience, even by a professional. Some body parts are best done by someone else :)

I wouldn't recommend it. The skin around those areas is thinner and more sensitive. If you don't mind losing a couple layers of skin then go ahead :P

 I get my underarms waxed all the time, and apparently sugaring is not as bad as waxing, and I've never lost chunks of skin - plus I know several women who wax their upper lips and their eyebrows - you might want to get really good at waxing before you attempt facial hair, however - sometimes if your technique is off you can damage skin, but any professional or practiced person will not tear off hunks of skin, even on your face.

Rayney (author)elyse.rachal2011-02-25

The wax used on your face different than the wax used on legs. I wax my eyebrows regularly and my legs and the wax you buy for your legs will usually say right on it that it is not for use on your face. I am not sure if this sugar is safe or not for the face.

About those little red bumps . . . the best solution I've ever found is called "TendSkin." It's in a blue bottle at your local salon. It's expensive ($20 per bottle) but with the money you're saving on salon waxing, it's a bargain! My husband also uses it on his face after shaving, which stings a lot, but it really helps his skin calm down.

Rayney (author)RedFlashlight2011-02-25

Something cheaper that works is Skin So Soft by Avon. They include a tiny bottle of it in their waxing kits and it really works well, plus it will keep the mosquito away :D

lycoris3 (author)dobeedobeedo2010-11-19

If you look at later comments then yes, people have done it and it works.

svanvan (author)2011-04-25

when waxing, if you immediately put pressure (with your hand or something) on the area waxed as soon as you pull the fabric off it will hurt about ten times less, trust me. If you've ever been professionally waxed they should do this, it really works - and you may find yourself enjoying waxing, maybe :)

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