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How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax

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author image Jenni Wiltz
Jenni Wiltz's fiction has been published in "The Portland Review," "Sacramento News & Review" and "The Copperfield Review." She has a bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of California, Davis and is working on a master's degree in English at Sacramento State. She has worked as a grant coordinator, senior editor and advertising copywriter and has been a professional writer since 2003.
How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Before you schedule your next upper-lip, bikini or leg waxing appointment, you can remove your hair at home with a do-it-yourself treatment. In fact, when using a cold wax, you are removing hair directly from the root, instead of snipping it off at the surface with a razor or depilatory. As a result, the hair grows back slower and your skin feel smoother. With continued waxing, you’ll not only save hundreds of dollars in pricey salon treatments, but you'll also develop softer, thinner hair that’s even easier to remove.

Make the Wax

Step 1

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Create a heavy sugar syrup, by pouring 2 cups of sugar into 2 cups of water. Heat the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove. Cook the mixture on low heat until it’s transparent and boils for 1 minute.

Step 2

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Remove the syrup from heat and let it cool.

Step 3

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Add ¼ cup of lemon juice to the saucepan and stir.

Step 4

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Add ¼ cup of olive oil and stir. In “Be Your Own Beautician,” author Parvesh Handa suggests using mustard oil; however, this specialty oil may not be available in all grocery stores.

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Step 5

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Add ½ cup of water and stir.

Step 6

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Heat the mixture on the stovetop over medium heat for 45 minutes. When the mixture turns brown, remove the pan from the stove.

Step 7

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Stir in 1 tablespoon of glycerine and let the mixture cool in the fridge. Be sure to put a lid on the pan to keep the ingredients from drying out.

Remove Hair

Step 1

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Dip a spatula into the chilled wax and lift out a half-dollar-sized amount.

Step 2

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Use the spatula to spread the wax in a strip on the body part you wish to wax. Always spread the wax in the direction of hair growth, from follicle to tip.

Step 3

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Cover the wax with a strip of muslin and press lightly to make sure the wax sticks to the fabric. Do not press hard -- three or four soft and gentle strokes are all you need to make the fabric stick to the wax.

Step 4

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Lift up a corner of the muslin strip at the end farthest away from you. Pull it up and away from the skin, in one smooth motion, to remove the wax.

Step 5

How to Remove Hair With Homemade Cold Wax
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Repeat steps 1 through 4 for all the areas you wish to wax.

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References

  • "Be Your Own Beautician"; Parvesh Handa
  • "Beauty Therapy"; Jane Hiscock and Frances Lovett
  • "Natural Beauty: Pamper Yourself with Salon Secrets at Home"; Laura DuPriest
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