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Sugar Wax Hair Remover

What you need: 

2 cups water
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice

What you do: 

1. Dump everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil. You have to watch it because it may get frothy, so stir occasionally. Watch until it gets golden brown, then turn down the heat, but let it simmer.
2. Keep a careful watch on the color. Once it starts to change to brown, turn off the heat. Let it cool before you pour small quantities in a heavy duty plastic container. Plastic that's not heavy duty will melt.
3. When it becomes cool enough to handle, pull a piece off the plastic and pull and stretch it. It should change color, from a clear golden brown to an opaque gold. It should also be easy to stretch; if it is too hard, you've left it on the heat for too long and you'll have to make a new batch. If it is too liquidy, put it back in the pot and continue heating.
4. To use, trim your hair so it's relatively 1/2". Stretch the wax over the direction of hair growth (not against it). Then press down firmly, wait a few seconds and jerk it off in one quick movement. It gets easier in time.
5. Make sure the wax stays warm so it's more pliable and you don't waste so much. Also, it's best to do it after you shower, so your skin is free from dirt and the wax will be able to pick up hair easier. Don't use lotion beforehand either. To reduce the effect of ingrown hairs, use a loofah or scrub as the hair grows back.
Source of recipe: This is an Arabic recipe from my aunt.

Preparation Time: 
1-2 hours
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I am totally trying this all over where I need waxin'!

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I have a question... has anyone used this on their face. As in the upper lip... just wondering if it is too abrasive for use on the face!

It's not abrasive at all. It actually leaves your skin amazingly soft (sugar and lemon juice respectively are great for the skin)
But I wouldn't use it on your upper lip, the hairs might be too short for the wax to grab.

I respectfully disagree. My friend has her upper lip sugar waxed regularly and as far as I know she doesn't have any problems, it's just red for a little bit.

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I have a question... has anyone used this on their face. As in the upper lip... just wondering if it is too abrasive for use on the face!

It's not abrasive at all. It actually leaves your skin amazingly soft (sugar and lemon juice respectively are great for the skin)
But I wouldn't use it on your upper lip, the hairs might be too short for the wax to grab.

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I have a question... has anyone used this on their face. As in the upper lip... just wondering if it is too abrasive for use on the face!

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Hey you guys! Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until it bubbles and has a smooth consistency.

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I made this and it worked, although it certainly took a long time to make.  Thanks recession for unemployment and lots of spare time!  My friend also made a variation of this using molasses, and lemon juice and water, and it worked.  I think she just didn't have any sugar.

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I had awful luck with this. my saucepan is dark inside and this makes a lot of foam that obscures the liquid, so it was hard to tell if it was getting brown. I kept pouring small amounts into a glass measuring cup to check, but it never changed. I cooked it on the stove for 2.5 hours and it seemed to be getting browner, so I cooled some of it in the freezer and put it on my  leg. the texture was too liquidy, like honey, and I left it on for 30 minutes, but it never hardened enough to peel off, so I had to just rinse it off my leg in the shower and throw it out because I was out of time. I guess I need a candy thermometer. it makes a big syrupy mess everywhere, but the sugar does dissolve with water, and I will say that it certainly tastes good! I would never try to make it again without a candy thermometer, though. it was a rather frustrating experience for a complete novice like me. I kept wishing I had someone who had done it before nearby to help me!

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If anyone is having problems getting the finished product to the right consistency (Sugar wax ends up too hard or too soft) you need to bust out the Candy Thermometer. 

If you keep your sugar from going over 240 degrees  to 250 degrees on the stove then it won't get hard. (Hard candy stage)  I think you may want it to get over 225ish to make sure it gets to a hard enough consistency.

These are degrees Fahrenheit btw..  ;)

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