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Summer is the time when our skin is at its barest, so we want it to look as smooth and touchable as possible. How can you rock a bikini at the pool when your legs are so fuzzy? And forget wearing strappy summer dresses when you’ve got stubbly underarms! No, you need to get rid of that hair. Sugar waxing will do the trick!

Waxing is a common method to remove body hair. However, it’s admittedly pretty painful. When the wax is applied, it sticks to both your hair and skin. In fact when the strip is pulled off a thin layer of skin is also removed.

In contrast, sugaring is less painful, because the sugar substance doesn’t stick to the skin, just the hair. Since it doesn’t stick to your skin, your skin is also less irritated after the procedure.

If you go to a professional, sugaring can cost quite a bit of money. Pre-made sugaring kits are cheaper, but can still run about $50. The good news is that you can make your own sugaring paste for very little money.

We at Trendy Mami created our own sugar waxing paste, and it really works! Here’s our step-by-step instructions and video on how to make your own sugaring paste.

Skin Prep: What to do prior to the Treatment

  • The hair in the intended areas should be long enough for the paste to grab, but not too long that it’ll have a hard time grabbing it. As a rule of thumb, for large surface areas like the back, legs, and bikini area, grow the hair out about ¼” long. For underarms, let it grow out about a week prior to the treatment. If the hair is too long, trim it.
  • Make sure your skin is clean and dry. When you shower, make sure to exfoliate to get rid of any dead skin cells that may possibly cling to the paste. Don’t apply any lotions or makeup, or the paste may have a hard time grabbing the hair.

Recipe for Sugaring Paste:

Here’s the fun part! All you need is three ingredients and some elbow grease.

Get a cup of white sugar, 2 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoon of water. Mix together in a bowl, and then pour the mixture in a small pot. You can check out Sur La Table if you’re looking for good quality pots.

Set the stove to medium high heat and start stirring. Keep stirring so that the mixture doesn’t burn or stick to the pot. It should take about seven minutes.

Once the mixture turns into a golden color, remove it quickly from the heat and continue stirring until it cools down. Pour into a bowl and continue mixing, for about ten minutes.

Once the mixture starts to solidify into a thick, syrupy consistency, then it’s time to start kneading. Wet your hands with some water before you start to prevent the substance from sticking too much on them. Be sure to not wet your hands too much as it may cause the paste to liquify.

The paste is ready for use when it turns opaque in color. It should take about four minutes of kneading for this to occur.

Apply the paste in the opposite direction of hair growth then very quickly pull in the same direction of hair growth.

Some Notes:

Your body heat may start melting the paste, rendering it too soft. Simply wait a little before applying the paste on a new section of your skin, allowing it to cool a little.

After the treatment, apply aloe vera, lotion, or cream to soothe your skin.

If you didn’t plan on using the paste right away, you can store it in the fridge. Take a small jar or whatever container you have and put a drop of oil in it to prevent the paste from sticking to it. You can find different shapes of jars for a reasonable price in Etsy!

Alternatively, you can wrap it in wax paper where you can find it here. It should keep in the fridge for about two weeks. When you’re ready to use the paste, microwave it for about 10 seconds.

Here’s the video for a more in-depth look at DIY sugaring!