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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.
 
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Step 1: Stir it up

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

Picture of 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.
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Mortem_Deus18 days ago

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 ;-;

natta_ag23 days ago
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....
sossydj3 years ago
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.
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.
-Liz
I think the best way to learn would be to watch a professional waxing.
sossydj2 years ago
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.
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.
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:
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/guide/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins
kgrosse3 years ago
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
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!
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you didnt cook it at high enough a temp or you didnt cook it long enough.
kiafayce3 years ago
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
TT_TT

What did I do??? :[[
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.
abalan33 years ago
I plan on trying this at home.... is this procedure too senstive for thighs? Can i use papertowels or cotton towels?

mhryniew3 years ago
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!
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
komecake3 years ago
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
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
NVision3 years ago
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you will need-

- hairy legs ''


LMAO! Wonderful!
jmccallum3 years ago
Can you reheat the sugar wax with wax pots??
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 hairier...it 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?
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!
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.
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.
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
If you look at later comments then yes, people have done it and it works.
svanvan3 years ago
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 :)
zbadral3 years ago
if you put a thin layer of talcum or baby powder on your skin before waxing, it makes a layer between you and the sugar, so then it'll hurt less. this is how professionals do it as well
psGirl3 years ago
I've tried three times now and can't seem to get it to work.
Chaoticka3 years ago
Thank you so much for posting this! I've been on this like vintage kick using things like rag rollers (idk why those went out of style - 10x more comfortable than plastic rollers and they give you waaay more natural looking curls than an iron) and I had no idea how easy sugar waxing was. :( Now I'm sad I just shaved and have to wait a couple weeks to try it.

I was so happy to have found this instructable! I first heard of Halawa (or sugar waxing) a few years ago in school but never knew the exact recipe or procedures for doing it at home. Your instructable was well written and very clear!

I just wanted to share a couple things after trying it myself:

After boiling the mixture and putting it into a bowl, I found it was easier to temperature control the concoction by: boiling it just until it bubbles to the top of the saucepan stirring with a wooden spoon, then pouring it into a microwave safe bowl. If it is still a cloudy mixture then microwave it for 30 seconds at a time (stirring) until it becomes more watery and clear.
I had to do this after over-boiling it the first time and under-boiling it the second time.

Another thing I found, after waxing half of my pubic hair (omg, ouch!) is that it is so much easier to have someone pull off the strip for you! I did about half of the job myself but just chickened out and could not for the life of me bring myself to pull the second strip off. I actually began to sweat and had to wash it off and re apply a couple times because my sweat was ruining the consistency of the sugar! I'm such a wimp.. but I did, in the end, succeed! When my room mate came home I had her do my armpits for me while I looked the other way and it was so much better!

For the dense, thick hair in the pubic regions I highly recommend warming the area first with a hot pack, electric blanket, or hot shower/bath because it opens up the pores and loosens the hair so it reduces the pain. If you try to numb the area with ice or cold it actually contracts the skin and pores, tightening it around the follicle making it harder to pull out and more painful! Pull and stretch the skin as much as possible because this also loosens the hair.

You can apply Orajel to clean, dry skin a few minutes prior to cut the pain. Also you can take 200-400mg of liquid pain reliever on an empty stomach (2 tsp childrens acetaminophen/tylenol usually adds up to about 320mg, perfect) to maximize the pain reduction about 30 minutes prior to ripping the first strip.

I did bleed a little bit so I washed the area with soap and water and applied a little bit of vitamin E oil. We'll see if I get little pimples or (hopefully) not!

Good luck people! happy waxing.
I just read my post and realized how gross it sounds.. but oh well, hopefully someone will find it useful!
sounded more painful than gross... ;)
 it was actually really helpful :) thank you!!!!  i accidentally burned myself like a dolt, and ended up using some regular aloe vera and im guessing it helped wiht the whole hair bumps cuz i didnt get any :) you = amazin. dont fret.
There is really no such thing as TMI when it comes to getting rid of all those nasty hairs!  Loved your comments!
Davenchi1236 years ago
I was just looking at this and was thinking about numbing the area your about to "dehair" like oragel or novicane just rub some on there let it sit or will it have no affect?
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