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Honey-Lemon Hair Removal

by
author image Michelle Powell-Smith
With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
Honey-Lemon Hair Removal
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Honey and lemon juice can be combined to make a natural solution for hair removal. Together, honey and lemon juice form a sort of wax that can be applied to the skin and lifted away to remove hair from the root. While you can buy honey- or sugar-based waxes, this mixture can be made at home inexpensively. Similar sugaring waxes have been used throughout the Middle East for centuries.

Step 1

Honey-Lemon Hair Removal
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Combine the honey and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer for approximately 15 minutes. When the mixture darkens and thickens, remove from heat. If you are familiar with candy making or are using a candy thermometer, this should occur at the soft boil stage or 238 degrees F.

Step 2

Honey-Lemon Hair Removal
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Allow the mixture to cool briefly in the pan before transferring to an airtight plastic container. Cool to room temperature or use warm with muslin strips.

Step 3

Honey-Lemon Hair Removal
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Use your fingertips to gather a handful of the cooled wax. Flatten and stretch it between your palms to 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick. Press onto your skin. Flick up an end, then-- holding your skin taut -- pull away from your skin. Remove the wax in the direction opposite your hair growth. Fold the wax over and flatten again for use on another area of skin.

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Step 4

Honey-Lemon Hair Removal
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Warm honey lemon wax in a pot of hot water or your microwave if you prefer to use muslin strips. Test to make certain that it is not too hot, and spread a thin layer on the skin with a spatula or tongue depressor, recommends HowtoSugarWax.com. Press a strip of muslin down on the wax and leave in place briefly. Pull the muslin and wax away from the skin in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

Step 5

Honey-Lemon Hair Removal
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Repeat to remove remaining unwanted hair. Discard used honey-lemon wax or muslin strips after use. Wash with warm water to remove any residue from the skin.

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