After looking at my bank statement and realizing I spend $50 a month on brazilian waxing, which is $600 a year for another woman to be in my private areas; I realized I needed a more affordable method of hair removal.
Other hair removal options…
Shaving is cheap, but I do not have the time to shave every three days, and the result is never as smooth as a wax. Laser and Electrolysis are both expensive and take multiple treatments. Nair or similar products are a no-go simply because I don’t feel comfortable applying chemicals strong enough to melt hair, on my nether regions. So that leaves one more option: sugaring.
Sugaring is similar to wax in the way it is applied and removed, however, it’s composition and pain level, are supposedly different. Wax includes Rosin, Triethylene Glycol Ester of Rosin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), and a bunch of other chemicals that sound like Charlie Brown's teacher. While Sugaring is made up of only Sugar, lemon juice, and water.
Sugaring vs Waxing
Sugaring is applied like wax but in the opposite direction of the hair and removed in the same direction of hair (waxing is done vice versa). Because the formula is water soluble and gentler, it is said to give less of a sting than the wax salons use.
I was initially skeptical on if I could actually rip my own pubic hair out and avoid literally combusting into flames from the pain: but I did. Keep reading if you want to know how the hell I BARELY pulled this off...
-2 cups white sugar
-¼ cup lemon juice (or anything acidic like lime juice)
-¼ cup water
-Baby powder so the formula only sticks to hair instead of skin
-double shot of dark liquor
Making the Sugar Formula…
To make the concoction I mixed the sugar, water, and lime juice together in a heavy saucepan and stirred (often) on medium heat, until it was boiling. Once it reaches the boiling point, lower the temperature so that it is simmering. It’ll still be boiling, just make sure you keep stirring so the sugar doesn’t caramelize and stick to the bottom.
Simmer for about 25-30 minutes until the mixture is a dark amber color (slightly darker than the above image). Immediately remove from heat and let cool down for 10 minutes before placing in an air tight container. BE VERY CAREFUL HERE, AS IT WILL BE EXTREMELY HOT.
Let cool down to room temperature before using, not semi-room temperature either, your skin in your private areas are a lot more sensitive then your hands, so be careful. (ask me how I know this…)
Now for the hard part….
I took my two shots, sanitized my va-jay-jay, applied the baby powder (not too much, as it will prevent the mixture from sticking to the hairs) and put on gloves to prepare for battle. I laid in front of a huge mirror that gave me a pretty good view of places I’d never seen before, said a quick prayer and started.
I grabbed some of the sugar concoction, rolled it into a ball and pressed it into the skin in the same direction of the hair. Next, I smoothed the cloth strip down and yanked in the direction it grows.
***(Ok I lied…. I ATTEMPTED to yank in the direction it grows… but I didn’t wait long enough for the mixture to cool down and solidify so I made a mess, had to shower and restart)***
An hour later, exasperated from the entire process, I had successfully removed all the hair.
Self Sugaring compared to waxing…
Let me first address the pain, If you aren’t used to getting waxes, this will not be any less painful than a wax. If you are familiar with waxing, it hurts a tiny bit less, but let's be honest; there aren’t too many painless ways to rip hair out of your private areas. Every time you sugar, though, just like wax, the pain will lessen and become more tolerable.
The results are surprisingly the same, I'm just as smooth as a $50 hard-wax from Lisa. Other comparisons include:
Sugaring: Cheaper, More Natural, lncy Bit Less Painless
Waxing: Cleaner, Faster, A lot more comfortable
Would I do it again?
Insanely enough, yes I would. Aside from the pain, there’s a strange pride about being able to take care of your own lady parts without the help of another. But I’d definitely keep the following tips in mind:
-Don’t pull your hand straight up, be sure to move across in the direction you’re pulling instead. That’s how I got a big ugly bruise on my crotch (subsided in a day)
-Take a deep breath and exhale when you yank the strip away
-Work in small sections, do not try to conquer your entire vagina in one swipe, you will combust
-WAIT FOR THE SOLUTION TO GET THICK ENOUGH (again, do not use this too soon, the mixture should be malleable like play-doe)
-Do this alone when no one’s home, there is nothing cute about being sprawled in front of the mirror covered with wax and sweat
-Be sure to the hold the skin taught with your free hand to ensure clean removal
-Save the most difficult parts for last
-Clean-up any mess soon after as it the sugar will attract ants
-Use a mirror you can either sit in front of or squat over to get a full view
Watch the video below if you are ever brave enough to try this on your own.
Video that will help you ( NSFW)