When fall and winter roll around, I stop shaving my legs. Barring some formal event where someone forces me into a skirt or dress, I let my legs go. There, I said it. I know I’m not the only one. Ladies across the country trade in their treacherously short-shorts for the peace of long jeans and high boots; we all start looking to taking care of pastures up north and forget, for the most part, about the ones down below. I can hear a few folks objecting, “Hey, I don’t get to ignore my legs. I have to shave every two days!”
Maybe your significant other prefers that you shave, or maybe you just like the feeling. But no matter your hair removal preference, I have some good news. You don’t have to pay $50 for that wax treatment. You don’t have to fuss with strips of cloth at home that leave more mess than they remove. You don’t have to bite your lips as you rip the hair (and sometimes skin) from your body. And most of all, you don’t have to run a razor over those legs multiple times a week.
You can use a homemade sugar wax. It takes around $1 and a few minutes of your time, is relatively painless, and leaves scarcely any mess at all–on your floor, legs, or in your pores.
You will need”¦
Makes enough for two full legs.
2 cups white sugar
¼ cup lemon juice–I had an organic lemon, but even the bottled stuff will do
¼ cup water
Mix everything together in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Without burning the sugar, allow it to heat until it turns amber and/or reaches 285 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the sugar dissolves, you’ll want to stir it only occasionally so that it can rise steadily in temperature. When ready, take it off the heat and set it aside. Allow to cool until it is warm to the touch, but not hot or scalding.
Take 2 TBS worth (just guesstimate) and work it for about 30 seconds in your hand. You may see little white strands or bubbles form in the sugar. That’s good! Now stretch that sugar in the opposite direction of your hair growth–in my case, this was UP my leg.
Hold onto the top of the sugar ribbon and firmly pull down, in the direction of hair growth–in my case, this was DOWN my leg. Try to keep the pulling force close to your skin to maximize effectiveness. You should notice right away that this hair removal method has far less pain and agony than waxing. For me, it did not hurt at all.
Work the sugar back into a ball with your hands and reuse it until it loses its stickiness (about half a leg or so). You can redo the same area you just did if a stray hair or two survived, or move to a new spot.
Discard your sugar wax in the trash and rest well knowing it will not negatively impact the environment in any way.
WARNING: Stay away from overly hot water and shaving for at least 12 hours to give your legs a little time to recover from the trauma.