Are you trying to save money but struggling when deciding what items you should be cutting from your budget?
The first item most women shove out the door is money spent on primping (as I call it.) The sad part of this strategy is as you begin to look in the mirror, you feel less attractive even though you’re saving money.
How do I know? Because when I’m trying to save money the first items to go are getting my eyebrows waxed, manicures, and pedicures.
But I’m learning how to do these tasks myself to save money and still feel good. I don’t like to tweeze eyebrows or unwanted facial hair. I also don’t like shaving my legs because it’s one more item I must add to my grocery list.
Which is why I researched different DIY waxing methods. Here are three wax recipes made from items you already have around your house.
Plus, they can help keep you manicured on a budget. Here are your three homemade wax options:
1. Honey and Sugar Wax
If you’re someone who prefers the old-fashioned waxing method where you smear wax on an area, apply a wax strip and rip it off, then this waxing method will be right up your alley.
- Brown sugar
Recipe via HeyKayElle
- If you’re waxing your eyebrows, you’ll use one teaspoon of honey and water and two teaspoons of brown sugar.
- But if you’re making enough wax to wax larger areas such as your legs, be sure to use equal parts honey and water while using twice as much brown sugar as you do the other ingredients.
- Mix well to combine all of the ingredients. Heat the mixture on your stove over low heat until it forms bubbles.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool thoroughly. When it’s cool enough to apply, use a popsicle stick to apply over the area.
- While you’re waiting on the mixture to cool, find old pieces of fabric and cut them into strips. After the mixture has been applied in the direction the hair grows, gently press the fabric strips over the wax and pull.
- It should remove any unwanted hairs and cost you little to no money to stay as manicured as possible.
- Natural ingredients
- Close to traditional waxing
- As painful as typical waxing
As an added suggestion, be sure to use your tweezers to remove any hairs which were missed during the waxing process.
Using this method of waxing will help you practice self-care without spending an arm and a leg in the process.
2. Milk Wax
When I first began researching different home waxing methods, milk waxing caught my attention immediately because of the basic ingredients.
Most people keep baking soda and milk on hand. This method is also relatively less-painful than traditional waxing methods, in my opinion.
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- Some people add Jell-O mix to their milk wax because gelatin is great for your skin. You can also juice certain vegetables and add them to the mix as well for added vitamins and nutrients. It’s up to you how adventurous you choose to get with this method.
- Mix the ingredients in a bowl and place in a pot on your stove over medium heat. Stir the mixture regularly until it’s heated thoroughly.
- Once the mixture has been heated, remove it from the stove and allow it to cool until it’s safe to apply to your skin.
- Keep in mind; you don’t want to burn yourself. Therefore, it’s vital you give the mask time to cool because it could burn and damage your skin.
- When the mixture is cool, apply it to your legs, armpits, or face. Allow the mask to dry thoroughly on the designated area.
- When it has dried, peel the mask off. As the mask peels off the hair will come along with it. This is a great way to nourish your skin while removing hair too.
- Easy on your budget
- Ingredients are easy to find and should be on most kitchen shelves already
- Nourishes your skin while removing hair
- This method shouldn’t be used more than once a week or once every other week
As already mentioned above, be sure you don’t use this method more than once a week or once every other week.
It can become too harsh on your skin if used too regularly. Keep this in mind when choosing how to remove the unwanted hair in your life.
3. Sugar Waxing
Sugar waxing is one of the easiest ways to wax your face or legs. It can be a little tricky in the beginning when learning how to make the wax yourself.
But once you get the hang of it, it could become your new favorite homemade wax method for waxing all of your unwanted hair.
- 2 cups of white sugar
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons of water
Recipe via Helloglow
- Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and heat on your stove on medium heat. It’s important to stir regularly and keep a close eye on the mixture.
- Some recommend using a candy thermometer to make this process more precise. If you have a candy thermometer, you’ll want the mixture to reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you don’t have a candy thermometer, wait until the mixture turns a caramel or honey color. It is also seen as a light brown color.
- When you see this change happening, remove it from the heat because the mixture will still cook as it cools down.
- If you leave it on the burner too long, it will burn the sugar and you will have to start the process over. When the mixture has cooled, apply a layer of the sugar wax to the designated area.
- Be sure to apply it in the direction the hair grows. You can use your hand, or a popsicle stick to apply it. Press the wax onto the skin and pull it off.
- This should remove the hair. You can reuse the wax by rolling it back up and reapplying it to the next area. It’s good to reuse until it no longer holds a sticky texture.
- Sugar waxing is less painful than regular waxing according to most people
- There are only natural ingredients being used to make sugar wax which is better for you and your skin
- It shouldn’t irritate your skin as some waxing methods have been known to do
- Heating the sugar mixture to the right stage can be difficult at first
You now have three different homemade wax methods to create your home waxing kit. These methods are natural, inexpensive, and will allow you to save money while still keeping your eyebrows in check.
Hopefully, you’ll find a method which works great for you, and you enjoy doing. Sometimes all of the beauty regiments women face can feel daunting.
It’s our hope by being able to make certain items yourself, these tasks will become a little easier, and you can still feel great while staying within your budget.