How to Make Sugaring Wax

by Lisa Green ; Updated September 28, 2017

Sugaring usually produces less irritation that traditional waxing methods of hair removal.

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Sugaring is a method of temporary hair removal that was first practiced in ancient Greek, Indian and Egyptian civilizations. The technique involves applying a sugar paste to the skin, then ripping it off quickly to remove unwanted hair from the root. Though similar to waxing in practice, sugaring uses only natural ingredients that stick to the hair, rather than the skin. For this reason, sugaring can be less painful than waxing, and may be more suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Place the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan.

Gently heat the ingredients over a low heat, stirring continuously. Do not allow the mixture to boil.

Remove the saucepan from the heat, once the sugar is completely dissolved into the water and lemon juice, to form a thick, smooth brown paste.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly before using.


  • To use your sugaring paste, apply a thick layer to clean, dry skin in the direction of hair growth using a spatula, Popsicle stick or dull butter knife. Place a clean, unbleached cotton cloth strip on top of the paste, and allow the paste to cool and harden for a few minutes. Rip off the cotton strip against the direction of hair growth in one quick movement. Rinse off any leftover sugar residue with plain water.

    Use on hair at least 1/8-inch long (approximately two to three days’ growth).

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About the Author

Based in London, Lisa Green has been writing entertainment and women’s lifestyle articles since 2004. She has contributed to the MyVillage and Glam networks and is the former editor of Entertainmentwise. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from De Montfort University and a City & Guilds journalism certificate from the City of Bristol College.