Let’s Get Sugared: DIY Bikini Wax

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Like everyone else these days, I’m trying to pare down on my monthly incidentals: taking the subway in lieu of a taxi; stretching my pedicures an extra week; waiting for sales instead of buying full price. Of course there are certain things I wouldn’t dare scrimp on, and up until last week I thought bikini waxing was one of them.

Years ago I accompanied a girlfriend to a health food store (I need to stock up on my favorite granola) and noticed a pot of something that looked a lot like honey in her basket. In response to my quizzical expression, she told me that she “sugared” (a hair removal technique that’s like waxing except a sugar-based substance is used instead of wax) and that once you got that hang of grooming your own bikini area, you wouldn’t dream of spending money to have someone else do it.

Flash forward a decade. Shobha, my favorite place for eyebrow threading (again, one of the many things I refuse to go without) just introduced a sugaring kit and, recalling my college friend’s advice, I had to give it a try. AT $30 a pop, it wasn’t too much to spend on an experiment in economizing.

At home I heated up the sugaring gel in the microwave, put my husband in charge of the kids, locked my bedroom door, laid my biggest bath sheet on the bed, and followed the instructions. After dusting my nether-regions with the enclosed talc-free powder, I tried to mimic an aesthetician’s deliberate, quick movements, but it took a few tries to figure out the right technique. (Hint: you really do have to pull the fabric strip in the opposite direction that the hair grows.) Once I did, however, it was smooth sailing, and I liked the fact that I was in complete control of the perimeters of my bikini line. No more, “Can you just take a little more from here?” or post-wax “oh-my-goodness-she-left-nothing” shock.

The best part? I’m going to save so much on bikini waxes that I can keep splurging on another indulgence–sports massage anyone?–I figured I’d have to write off for the time being.

Shobha Sugaring kit$30 at Shobha boutique online.

16 thoughts on “Let’s Get Sugared: DIY Bikini Wax

  1. I must give this a try, as I tried a different at home kit and had a horrible experience. Is this only available online or is it at any stores?

  2. Wow, that’s amazing. Does it hurt about the same? I feel like I would never be able to quite pull fast enough…but maybe the fact that it is sugar instead of wax-based helps?

  3. Beauty Snob Tina on said:

    I am so intrigued and want to try this but am scared!

    Tati- any other words of advice and comfort before I take the plunge?

    xoxo

  4. Tina, take 3 Advil 20 minutes before! I used one of these kits when I was in med school and had no money. Pretty easy, and not too painful. Does take a few tries to get it right though.

    Since we are talking about bikini grooming, ladies I have to share my newest addiction: laser hair removal. It is the best!

    Tatiana, I loved your book!!!

    xoxo

  5. I use hot wax and it is virtually pain free…it is a little pricey so this sugaring sounds incredibly enticing! So is this as painful as strip wax or more like the pain free hot wax?! As much as I would like to cut costs definately not in the name of pain….I do think us girls suffer enough in the name of beauty!

    L.xo

    P.S. Tina talking of hair removal back to your permanat eyebrow makeup…I am very interested in venturing over the pond to get my perfect brows…but just wondered if you caould answer me these few questions:-

    1. Do you have to pluck/tweez or thread your brows to keep up the general maintenance after the intial shaping?

    2. Also he doesn’t remove your own brow does he, just works with your what you have already?

    3. Did you get any side effects?

    and Finally

    4. If you didn’t like what the artist had done (I’m sure this never happens) but can you have it removed or just await it growing out?

  6. Hi Tina,

    Just try to relax and focus on figuring out the direction your hair grows, so you can pull in the opposite direction. I did it wrong a couple times before I figured it out. Advil is a good idea, but not necessary. Also if your hair is too long, you need to trim it before waxing, but not too short. Good luck!!!

  7. I’ve been sugaring my own eyebrows for years! It saves me so much money, and it doesn’t hurt at all! Also, sugar doesn’t adhere to the skin like hot wax does – so no more scared eyebrows by an esthetician that uses wax that is too hot!

  8. How is this different from at home waxing? I use organic honey wax, which I think adheres pretty well. ANother brand that I loved was Parissa, but it was more expensive so I switched.

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to do real sugaring – the kind that is done without strips and you pull the hair out towards the hair growth, not against. I’ve seen lots of videos for it online, but I can’t seem to find any brand that sells it to “non-profesisonals”

  9. I just thought for anybody not sure if they want to purchase this that they might try and win it at madberries.com.

  10. you can make this stuff at home, for like 2 bucks. all you need is sugar, water, and lemon juice. i don’t know why you would pay 30 bucks for it. AND you can make it in such a way that you don’t need strips or heat to use the wax. it becomes like a putty that you can use with your hands.

  11. Jenna Marquez on said:

    I used to pay so much for regular waxing at my salon. It got pretty expensive, so I decided to try waxing at home. I bought a kit and tried it–it was easier than I thought it would be, but it took me a couple times before I really got the hang of it.

    Now that I’ve done it regularly, I’m a pro! And the best part is that I’m saving money. I bought this kit: http://www.salonhive.com/wax-n-waxing-32oz-kit.html and it cost me as much as ONE TRIP to the salon for a wax job of my legs, bikini area and underarms. But I can use the kit several times–so it is totally worth it.

    Anyway, great blog post and I may try this brand the next time I have to buy a kit just to see how it compares to the one I’ve already got.

  12. I’m taking the plunge to do my own bikini since money is SOOO tight right now and I just cannot afford to go to a salon….

    I think using hard wax makes a huge difference! I already did the sides and it didnt even hurt! I got a kit for $10 at the drugstore. It comes with oil to apply to your skin beforehand. I accidently missed a spot with putting the oil on, and now THAT hurt. I’m doing the rest tonight so I’ll be able to take my time and focus.

    The sides had the usual (for me) red bumps at first, and 24 hours later, its smooth as can be.

    Please note: I would NEVER recommend someone try this who has never had at least a few professional waxes already done. When I started getting them again, that first time was quite painful. After your first wax, the hair grows in more sparce.

  13. simplyme on said:

    I’ve made my own sugar wax, and it’s definitely much more effective than those wax I’ve bought in stores. I’ve tried bikini wax hours ago, and I admit it really was so painful, but tolerable. I have to tell you guys, I only spent 5 dollars, for the honey and sugar and lemon. It’s really more effective than any wax.

  14. simplyme on said:

    I’ve made my own sugar wax, and it’s definitely much more effective than those wax I’ve bought in stores. I’ve tried bikini wax hours ago, and I admit it really was so painful, but tolerable. I have to tell you guys, I only spent 5 dollars, for the honey and sugar and lemon. It’s really more effective than any wax.

  15. i agree to simply me..know what guys i made my own sugar wax myself, and spent not even a single penny. Yup, i spent zero centavo coz all the ingredients were found at home! the lemon and sugar were just what i used. Instead of honey, which i don’t like to use coz it makes the mixture all too sticky and hard, i used water which was preferably making the whole thing great!try making yur own sugar wax at home…there are lots of sights in the web giving the instruction but i warn you, do not microwave your first cooking!it might burn you like it burned my skin..but whatever…just do it automatically

  16. i agree to simply me..know what guys i made my own sugar wax myself, and spent not even a single penny. Yup, i spent zero centavo coz all the ingredients were found at home! the lemon and sugar were just what i used. Instead of honey, which i don’t like to use coz it makes the mixture all too sticky and hard, i used water which was preferably making the whole thing great!try making yur own sugar wax at home…there are lots of sights in the web giving the instruction but i warn you, do not microwave your first cooking!it might burn you like it burned my skin..but whatever…just do it automatically

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