Waxing hurts. It hurts so bad. And while it can be effective in areas, chances are a round of waxing will leave you with ingrown hairs and bumps. That’s what Amanda L’Ecuyer, owner of Sweet Mango Sugaring and Esthetics, told us when we popped by her studio in Toronto.
“You could eat this, and it’d be totally fine,” L’Ecuyer tells us as she holds a jar of her sugaring solution. “That’s how natural it is.” And truthfully, it looks very delicious like honey, and it smells just as sweet. She says when sugaring, you should stick to the basics. The video above will walk you through how to make the go-to formula, using sugar, lemon juice and water. That’s it, that’s all.
L’Ecuyer says some people like to add essential oils, but she finds the holy trinity works for her.
But how do you use it? She tells us that you sculpt the sugar with a spatula or your hands, but apply against the hair growth. This prevents in-grown hairs and makes it feel less like you’re gluing a hot sheet to your skin and then ripping it off. “It’s like petting a cat backwards,” she adds. ” First you bend the follicle by applying against the grain and then you flick forward. This way it pulls the hair right out, instead of breaking it under the skin.”
And it’s super-economical to rip your hair out this way. Just a dime-sized amount can help remove hair from your arms, depending on how much you sweat. Sweat dissolves the formula (it’s 100 per cent natural) over time, so if you’re a sweaty person, you might need slightly more than a dime-sized amount.
Whatever, though, if it means never having to suffer through a waxing session again, we’ll take a bit more sugar. And you can use sugaring on your nose hairs, too! It’s not just for arms, legs, back, chest and bikini zone.