Tuesday, April 28, 2009

if you don't sugar your legs, you need to.

i'm a girl with a hippie heart who doesn't want hairy legs. (i'm also a feminist who always wears a bra). but even if you're not a hippie, sugaring is for you. 'cause it's basically free, all natural, easy, and lasts as long as waxing. you want your hair to be about 1/4 inch long for this to work. seriously folks, this has changed my life. here's the recipe:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Half a lemon for the juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • A little bit of Molasses if you have any like a drizzle (i didn't and it worked fine)
  • Cornstarch (to powder with for tautness making it more effective)
  • Something to spread the mixture with like a tongue depressor, popsicle stick, or spatula. (i like a spatula)
  • Cotton fabric (any old thing you can find), cut into large strips (maybe 2 x 8 inches) and a few small strips (1 x 3) The more strips you have, the more efficient you will be. They are reusable.
mix the sugar, lemon juice, and honey in a saucepan. heat it up slowly, stirring occasionally. it will bubble and turn a pretty amber color. after about 20 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool completely. this stuff is no joke and will burn you, and sugaring isn't done hot like waxing is.

later on that day (or put it in the fridge and use another day), microwave it for about 30 seconds. this is to soften it up, not heat it. if it gets hot, let it cool off again.

sprinkle some cornstarch (or talc powder) on your legs if you have it. spread the mixture on your legs very thinly with the spatula, place the fabric and smooth it out, and pull quickly in the direction opposite the hair growth. (i do it on both sides of the fabric, but of course this is messier. after i yank, i place the fabric in a bowl of warm water so it will be easier to clean later)

if you have a sensitive area, or if you are tough enough to do your bikini line or underarms, just do smaller areas at a time. it only hurts for a sec, and the smaller the patch the easier. when you are all done and the fabric has soaked, rinse each one well in warm water. i have re-used mine at least 10 times so far. voila! go sugar!!

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