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Hard Sugar Wax Recipe | How To Make DIY Sugar Wax

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Are you interested in a hard sugar wax recipe?

This DIY sugar wax doesn’t require strips for hair removal because the sugar paste is thick enough to pull out hairs with minimal pain.

And the result is smooth skin you’d be happy with for weeks.

So in this post, I’ll show you

  • How to make hard sugar wax.
  • How to wax yourself,
  • Waxing mistakes to avoid to get better results,
  • How to reheat wax and other helpful tips you need to know about sugar waxing.

Let’s get started.

No time to read? Scroll down to print this hard-sugaring wax recipe.

How to make hard sugar wax

I’ve updated this recipe because it’s better to let your sugar wax cool slowly in the saucepan instead of soaking it in cold water.

Besides, cooling it faster with ice cubes sometimes makes the wax too hard and unsuitable for use.

So please save your ice cubes for something else.

Also, if you are too busy to read, you can pin the pictures for later or watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Otherwise, follow the steps below.

DIY sugar wax ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

If you don’t have lemons, don’t fret. Here’s how to make sugar wax without lemon juice.

And a few kitchen tools.

  • A saucepan,
  • a wooden spoon,
  • a microwave-safe container.
Homemade Hard Sugaring Wax Recipe | How To Sugar Wax

Directions to make hard sugar wax

  1. First, add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and water to a saucepan and cook on the stovetop, stirring continuously.
  2. When the sugaring wax starts boiling and foaming, reduce the heat, but keep stirring.
  3. Keep watching it. Your hard sugar wax is ready when it is golden brown (295 F). (If you notice smoke, it means your wax paste is burning.)
  4. Next, take your saucepan off the stove and keep stirring it.
  5. It would get thicker as it cools.
  6. Pinch a bit to check the temperature. Be careful not to burn your fingers.
  7. When the sugar wax is warm enough to touch and still runny, pour it into a mason jar or any microwave-safe container.
  8. Next, scoop some with a spoon and knead it.

If using the stove seems too much, here’s how to make sugar wax in the microwave.

Scroll down to print a copy of this recipe to make it whenever you like.

Sugar wax video tutorial

How to knead hard sugar wax

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  • Wet your palms with cold water, scoop the lump of DIY hard sugar wax into your palm, then start pulling it apart and folding it back together.
  • Just play with it for a bit as you do with slime.
  • As you knead, the wax gets cooler and may become a tad sticky.
  • Your wax is well kneaded and ready for use if it is soft, a little sticky but not melting.
  • Now divide your DIY hard wax into portions for one-time use or store everything in a tight lid container.

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How to store it

Lightly grease your container before putting the wax in it.

This makes it easy to get the wax out when you need it.

Your homemade hard sugar wax will stay preserved for weeks – in an air-tight container – in the fridge or on your countertop.

How to reheat hard sugaring wax

If your sugaring wax is in a glass jar, reheat it in the microwave for 5 – 10 seconds or more.

It depends on the amount of wax in the jar.

For plastic containers that are not microwave-safe, place the container in a warm water bath to heat slowly.

Reheating sugar wax in warm water takes a lot of time.

So store sugar wax in a microwave-safe glass container.

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How to sugar wax yourself

First, prep the things you need before you begin sugar waxing. Since this is a hard sugaring wax, you don’t need strips.

But make sure you have other things listed below.

  • Paper towel folded to dab the sweat off your skin while waxing, especially the bikini area.
  • Talcum powder – to soak up excess oil in your underarms, legs, and arms.
  • And your post-wax care kit – baking soda, tweezers, aloe vera gel, honey, and a clean washcloth.

Steps to sugar wax yourself

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  • Before we continue, I want you to know that you can achieve a Brazilian wax at home with this DIY sugar wax recipe.
  • First, ensure your skin is oil and moisture-free before sugaring with your hard wax.
  • Apply baby powder to the area you want to wax. And keep it within reach to use more when needed.
  • If you are waxing your private parts, please don’t use talcum powder; use paper towels instead.
  • Fold several pieces of paper towel to soak up sweat and blood. Sometimes you bleed when sugar waxing, especially in the bikini area.
  • Next, knead the wax with wet fingers until it is soft and a bit sticky.
  • Then pull your skin taut and apply the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth, and with one swift move in the other direction, pull out the hairs.
  • Don’t spend time thinking about the pain. It would hurt anyway, so get it over with quickly.
  • Place your palm on the spot to soothe the pain.
  • Repeat the same process until you have waxed out the whole area.
  • Make sure to follow with post-waxing care.

Before we get into post-sugar waxing care, let’s talk about some mistakes that can mess up your results after a DIY hard wax hair removal.

You may also love DIY Honey Sugar Wax Recipe | How To Make.

9 sugar waxing mistakes that can mess up your results

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  1. Applying the wax in the wrong direction of hair growth,
  2. Waiting too long between applications – makes waxing more painful.
  3. Not waxing regularly.
  4. Skipping post-waxing care.
  5. Applying wax to damp skin – wax won’t stick.
  6. Mistake of using antiperspirants the same day after waxing.
  7. Wearing the wrong clothes post-waxing.
  8. Using the wrong post-wax care products.
  9. Exfoliating before waxing.

Post-waxing care to follow for better results

After sugar waxing, the last thing you want to see is bumps and rashes. But with proper post-waxing care, you can prevent these from happening.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Wipe leftover hard sugar wax off your skin with a wet washcloth,
  • Use a tweezer to pluck out short hairs your wax didn’t pull out,
  • Next, apply a slightly thick baking soda water paste to the waxed areas, and exfoliate gently. This gets rid of dead skin and bacteria.
  • Then rinse off the baking soda after several minutes.
  • And follow with honey or aloe vera. If you are using honey, remember to rinse out after some minutes.
  • Lastly, apply a light moisturizer.
  • Don’t use deodorants or antiperspirants on your underarms for at least 24 hours.
  • Wear loose-fit clothes that won’t touch or rub against your skin. In other words, avoid the friction caused by tight clothing or underwear.

Other tips for better sugar wax results

  • Depending on how fast your hair grows, don’t wait too long before sugar waxing again.
  • If you’ve just had a bikini wax, do not wear panties or any clothing that can cause chaffing to the area.
  • Wait at least 24 hours before using antiperspirants or deodorants.
  • Use a mild scrub to exfoliate freshly waxed skin.
  • And lastly, make it a habit to exfoliate waxed areas regularly, even when new hairs begin to grow.
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Common questions about sugar waxing

Can you sugar wax pubic hair?

Yes, hard sugar wax works well for sugaring pubic hair, underarms, legs, arms, and even the chin.

As I mentioned, use several folds of paper towels to soak up sweat when sugar waxing your pubic area instead of talcum powder.

Can you do a Brazilian wax with hard sugar wax?

You can get a full Brazillian or Hollywood with hard sugar wax at home.

Whenever I sugar wax at home, I do a full Brazillian because I would leave no stone unturned.

Recommended posts

How I Do An At-home Brazilian Wax With DIY Sugaring Paste.

Which is better? Pubic hair shaving or sugaring?

Once you know how to sugar wax, you’ll see that waxing pubic hair is better than shaving.

Because sugar hair removal gives you a smooth finish, and you stay hair-free for weeks.

Unlike shaving, which lasts only a week and causes bumps, ingrown hairs, or, even worse, darkens your skin.

Please read Sugaring vs Shaving – Which Is Better, And Why.

Can the hair be too long for wax hair removal?

Yes, the hair can be too long for waxing. The ideal length of hair before waxing is ¼ of an inch.

If it is longer than this length, it may not wax out properly, causing hair breakage and pain.

But you can trim it before waxing.

I’ve never trimmed hair before sugar waxing, but I know people do.

Does waxed hair grow back thinner?

After sugar wax hair removal, the new hair growth is usually lighter. And for someone with coil-like thick hair, sugaring has softened and thinned my hair out.

Is DIY sugar waxing easy?

First-time at-home sugaring may be difficult. But it also depends on your pain tolerance.

During my first-time sugar waxing, I felt the pain in my brain. Lol.

And because I wasn’t consistent, I felt that way several times.

But if you sugar wax every four weeks, you’d get used to it. And realize it’s not as painful as regular spa waxing.

Can you sugar wax yourself?

Yes, you can do a sugaring hair removal yourself. Start with your underarms to test your pain limit before moving to the bikini area.

I make my wax for sugaring hair removal at home.

Why sugar paste doesn’t stick to the skin

Here are a few reasons why your hard sugar wax won’t stick to your skin:

  • The wax wasn’t kneaded enough – try kneading it with wet fingers to soften and make it sticky.
  • Also, sugar wax will not stick if the skin is wet – ensure your skin is thoroughly dry before applying the wax.

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Thick sugar wax recipe

Homemade Hard Sugaring Wax Recipe | How To Sugar Wax

Homemade Sugar Wax | Hard Sugar Wax Recipe

Yield: 1 Medium mason jar
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Under $5

How to make sugaring wax for hair removal at home.

Materials

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Tools

  • a saucepan,
  • a wooden spoon,
  • a mason jar or any microwave-safe container

Instructions

  1. First, add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and water to a saucepan and cook on the stovetop, stirring continuously.
  1. When the sugaring wax starts boiling and foaming, reduce the heat, but keep stirring.
  2. Keep watching it. Your hard sugar wax is ready when it is golden brown (295 F). (If you notice smoke, it means your wax paste is burning.)
  3. Next, take your saucepan off the stove and keep stirring it.
  4. It would get thicker as it cools.
  5. Pinch a bit to check the temperature. Be careful not to burn your fingers.
  6. When the sugar wax is warm enough to touch and still runny, pour it into a mason jar or any microwave-safe container.
  7. Next, scoop some with a spoon and knead it.
  8. Wet your palms with cold water, and scoop the lump of DIY hard sugar wax into your palm, then start pulling it apart and folding it back together.
  9. Just play with it for a bit as you do with slime.
  10. As you knead, the wax gets cooler and may become a tad sticky.
  11. Your wax is well kneaded and ready for use if it is soft, a little sticky but not melting.
  12. Now divide your DIY sugar wax into portions for one-time use or store everything in a tight lid container.

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Boom! How to make sugar wax for hair removal

There you go! DIY hard sugar wax for sugaring hair removal at home.

It is very cheap and would give you Brazilian wax at home.

Remember to follow up with post-waxing care to achieve the best results.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. I will be more than happy to help you.

Did you make this DIY sugaring wax?

Please share your pictures, and tag us on Instagram @budgetandmomjeans.

Thanks for reading!

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15 Comments

    1. Hi Rachael. Of course, this Homemade hard sugar wax has been a lifesaver. Have you seen the Honey Sugar Wax recipe?
      It’s also really good and requires little to no kneading.
      I’m glad you found this DIY sugar wax tutorial helpful. Thanks for stopping by. xx, Buayifa.

  1. Thanks for this!! There’s a lot of info out there about sugar waxing but for beginners it leaves out a lot of helpful tips and this was really in depth. I tested a patch with sugar waxing for the first time last night and it went well! I’m hoping with the proper care, this will reduce my ingrown hairs from shaving.

    1. Hi Andrea B,
      You are so welcome.
      Yay! I’m so happy the patch test worked well for you.
      Sugar waxing reduced my ingrown hairs from shaving, and I hope it does the same for you.
      And yes, with proper care, you’d get great results from sugar waxing.
      I’m so glad you found my DIY hard sugar wax recipe post helpful and informative.
      xx, Buayifa.

  2. Hey, you said at the end ” to follow with post-waxing care to achieve the best results.” What would.posy waxing care include? I have never waxed before but I am ready to start!
    Great post!

    1. Hi Rachel,
      If you scroll towards the bottom of the post, you’d see post-waxing care steps listed there.
      Just look for “Post-waxing care to follow for better results”
      Everything is listed there.
      I hope that helps.
      xx, Buayifa.

  3. I tried to make this wax and it got hard way too fast and never got to the sticky point even though I kept kneading it. I tried applying it and it didn’t skin to my hair or skin. What should I do?

    1. Hi Mel,
      Making sugar wax for the first time can be tricky. And you’d end up with hard annoying wax that won’t knead or stick to the skin.
      That’s just the way it is… sometimes.
      The first time I made hard sugar wax, it was hard just like yours, and I tossed it in the bin.
      Then I tried again, until the third time before I got it right.
      And even after then, I still made some tough wax that I couldn’t do anything with.
      But here’s what you can do:

      You can either make a new one with more lemon juice.
      And when the sugar is melted and light syrupy, add the tough sugar wax and stir until both are combined.
      Reduce the heat and keep your eyes on it.
      Once it is honey color, take your saucepan off the stove, and let the wax cool.
      Keep stirring it in the saucepan until it is cool.
      Don’t cool it in cold water, let it cool slowly in the saucepan before transferring it into a glass jar.

      I hope this helps.
      Let me know how it went.
      xx, Buayifa.

    1. Hi Kitten,
      The portions you get would depend on the amount of wax you use for your sugaring session.
      For me, I can get about five (heap tablespoon size) portions because I tend to use big scoops for my sugar waxing.
      So maybe scoop some and see if it feels big or small enough to handle for sugaring, then use that size to make your portions.
      I hope this makes sense.
      xx, Buayifa.

  4. How does one know if the glass or plastic jars are microwave safe? Any chance you could give temperatures if we used a candy thermometer?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Stephani,
      If you are not sure your plastic container is microwave safe, then store your sugar wax in a small mason jar.
      Mason jars can go in the microwave so long as you’re not reheating your wax to boiling temperature. I hope this makes sense.
      As for temperatures, and using a candy thermometer, I have not made hard sugar wax with a candy thermometer before. But I know of another blogger who cooks her sugar wax to 245F to 250F degrees before taking it off the stove.
      I hope this helps.
      Please let me know if this worked for you.
      xx, Buayifa.

    1. I have made hard sugar wax too many times to remember if I’ve used more than a cup of sugar at a time.
      With that being said, I think you should be fine doubling the sugar wax recipe. If you did, please let me know how it went.
      Thanks.

  5. Would it be that much trouble for you to stick a thermometer in that mix and tell us what it reads? If you are going to give recipes, be professional, PLEASE!

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