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A Two-Ingredient Home Remedy for Hair Removal That Actually Works

All that's needed are sugar, lemon juice and about an hour of your time – trust me, I tried it.

When quarantine kicked into full gear, all services deemed non-essential by the officials were ordered to shutter temporarily. That meant the closure of nail parlours, hair salons, eyelash extension houses and all else beauty-related. The internet was fast to react with “coming out of quarantine like” memes that forecasted a future of barely there eyelashes, hair roots showing, grown out manicures and a full on unibrow situation. At first, the memes were totally laughable. Now, a month into self-isolation, I find myself laughing through the pain.

By said pain I mean the woes of being a hairy woman, specifically. While most women (a conclusion I have gathered from those around me) can go more than a month between their wax appointments, your girl here has all of a week to relish in smooth supple to the touch skin before stubble surfaces on my legs. Being in quarantine meant I needed to tend to my hairy situation for the next two months. In the past, I’ve tried off the shelf wax strips which I never looked back at again because it proved ineffective. Hair removal creams worked wonders but the idea of chemicals seeping through my hair follicles into my body eventually kept me away from them. Shaving is less than ideal because…ingrown hairs and coarse skin are real problems.

Having tried-tested-and-retired from most at-home hair removal remedies, I had one left to try. Sugaring. As per Google’s instructions, all I needed were two ingredients: sugar (duh) and lemon. I lucked out – I had both in my pantry. Concocting the sugar wax was a foolproof, hour-ish long process altogether. When the wax had cooled sufficiently, I embarked on an endeavor to hairless legs.

First, I prepped my skin for battle by applying a layer of powder to remove excess oil. Then, I pinched a ball of wax and evenly spread it over a section of the skin. I pressed the wax down on the hairs, took a deep breath and pulled downwards in the direction of my hair growth. And that, my friends, is the story of how I discovered my new favourite (oddly therapeutic) method of hair removal. While the pain level of sugaring is very much comparable to that of waxing, not having to worry about burning my skin off accidentally by hot wax is an absolute relief.

If I had to pick a bone, my only gripe would be having to go over certain areas multiple times to remove stubborn hair growth. Although thinking about all the moolah I will be saving in the future, I’d take that complain right back. If you too hail from the lineage of Cousin Itt, trust me, there’s a good chance you’d never have to go back to your waxing lady.



200g Granulated White Sugar
30ml Lemon Juice
30ml Water


1. Mix water, lemon juice and sugar in a pot. Stir to combine them.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
3. Once the mixture starts bubbling, bring the heat down to medium and continue stirring. At this point, the sugar should be completely dissolved.
4. Remove the pot from the heat when the mixture turns golden brown.
5. Pour the mixture into a container and let it cool for about 30 minutes.


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