Every wonder what type of wax Lay Bare uses? It's an age old recipe for Arabic wax.
IMHO it removes hair better than any wax I've tried before, and it will not burn you, so I tried making my own.
WARNING: Boiling sugar is hotter than boiling water - DO NOT TOUCH OR TASTE this mixture while in liquid form. IT WILL BURN YOU. For kids, only do this with the supervision of an adult. Try at your own risk.
I found this video on YouTube and followed it, however as the measurements are not precise and it took me 3 tries before I got it. The recipe I ended up with and some of my tips are below:
1 cup white sugar (must be white so you can watch it caramelize)
1 tsp salt (rock salt)
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp lemon juice
1. On medium-low heat, add all the ingredients in a clean saute pan. I used a wooden spoon instead of the metal spoon in the video since I hate the steel on steel grating sound.
2. Stir continuously until all the sugar melts, bubbles up and turns into a dark amber color. If done right, it will take you around 5-8 minutes (not the 2 minutes indicated in the video title!). It is important to cook the sugar long enough because you're converting the sugar crystals to something more pliable later on. I wasn't able to watch the temp, so just go by color.
3. Once the sugar is dark amber (not burnt!), take it off the heat and follow Maha's instructions in the video. You basically need to pour the liquid on a surface that can take the heat and cool the sugar down. I think tiles will work, but make sure you sterilize the surface prior to using (just use boiling water, not any fancy chemical. It might transfer to your wax - no fun!). Alternatively, it's best to use a silpat or something similar instead of a tile or marble surface for easy cleaning.
4. Once the sugar is on the flat surface, start cooling it down by pushing the sugar to the center and mixing over and over. Continue doing this until the sugar becomes hard, but still pliable.
5. To get the consistency needed for wax, you need to slowly add moisture to the candy ball and knead it. Rather than wetting both hands as indicated in the video, I wet my right hand only and started pulling the candy, then folding it unto itself. After folding 5 - 8 times, I wet my right hand again, and did the entire process 3 times (only!). After the 3rd time, stop adding water to your hands, but continue pulling and folding the candy ball. Initially you'll see a glossy sheen on the candy, but after a while it should start getting tacky. If after pulling and folding 15 times, it's still hard, wet your right hand again and continue pulling. Don't add too much water quickly as it will turn your wax into mush! You should be able to get a dough like consistency at this point. Try pressing the candy ball to the palm of your left hand, and it should take and retain the shape of your right fingers easily.
You now have sugar wax!
1. Divide into approximately 2 tablespoon amounts and individually wrap in cling wrap and keep in the refrigerator.
2. If you need to use, thaw in the microwave for 10 secs.
3. Once it thaws, it wouldn't be pliable immediately, make sure to play with it again to slowly bring it to temp with the warmth of your hands.
1. Prepare the following: damp and dry towel, baby powder, mirror, wax.
2. Clean the area to be waxed, making sure not to use overly moisturizing soaps. The area needs to be devoid of moisturizers.
3. Dry the area thoroughly and apply baby powder generously.
4. Apply the wax against the hair growth (example for the legs, apply from the bottom up), making sure to press the wax against your skin for maximum pulling power. The better the grip, the less painful this will be. Only apply 1 inch width by 1 to 2 inch length wax at a time only. Once applied, rip the wax off, following the direction of the hair growth (in the same example for the legs, pull from top to bottom). Following the hair growth on removal is less stressful to the pore, and should lead to less ingrown hairs. It's less painful too!
Make sure you check the hair growth direction, it isn't always vertical.
5. If not all the hairs are removed on the first try, leave it and don't wax the same area again. You'll just hurt your skin as you've lost the protection of the baby powder on the first try. Come back to it later using tweezers, after everything else is removed.
6. Reuse the same wax (even with the pulled hairs) on other areas, but you can only re-use for a short period of time, as it will get too mushy because of the heat of your body. Change waxes once it's harder to pull.
7. After you're done, remove the excess sugar by lightly cleaning sugary areas with the damp towel, and drying off again with the dry towel.
8. Massage treated area with oil (I heard Argan oil works well, I use anti ingrown hair serum from European Wax Center that I got from the US)
9. Don't wet the area (showers, sauna, steam baths, or even just sweating) for 8 hours to avoid infections.
10. Exfoliate the area after two days to avoid ingrown hair.
1. If the sugar wax is too hard, continue pulling and wetting your right hand - just don't be impatient and pour water on it, otherwise you'll end up with mushy syrup (happened to me the first try, so frustrating!).
2. If it gets too mushy, just try to cook it off again to remove excess water.
3. My sugar wax is darker than what was shown in the video, so don't fret if yours is not the same color as Maha's.
Comment here if you have any questions, or if it worked for you!