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Arabic caramel wax, the ingredients and the procedure for making a wax at home: simple to prepare and without aggressive agents that damage the skin.
Summer is approaching and with it the problem of unwanted hair! There are those who prefer to rely on a professional beautician and those who delight, perhaps with the help of a friend, in homemade hair removal.
It is an opportunity to be together and why not a method to save and learn how to do something new. There are many methods for hair removal: waxing, razor, Arabic thread, pulsed light. However the wax remains the cheapest and most durable method of combating unwanted hair!
One of the consequences of waxing, in addition to the pain caused by the "tear" is irritation. The waxes that are found on the market are in fact rich in chemical ingredients that are sometimes aggressive on the skin. Not to mention the enormous difficulty in removing the wax residues that are deposited everywhere (on clothes, skin and work surface). Arabic caramel wax is a valid alternative to traditional wax, it is more gentle on the skin and inexpensive!
Arabic caramel waxing: benefits
Arabian caramel wax is a truly exceptional solution, it is:
- Economic (there are only two ingredients).
- Simple to use.
- It does not irritate the skin and reduces the formation of pimples and ingrown hair.
- Water-soluble, therefore easy to remove.
How to make Arabic caramel wax
Ingredients to prepare the Arabic caramel waxing
- an organic lemon (about 60 grams).
- 250 grams of brown sugar or white sugar
- A teaspoon of fine salt (optional).
Arabic caramel wax: method
- Squeeze the lemon into a bowl, taking care to eliminate any seeds and pulp.
- In a non-stick saucepan pour the lemon juice to which add the sugar (white or brown) and a teaspoon of fine salt.
- Mix the mixture so as to begin to mix the dry part with the liquid part (with cane sugar it will take a little longer to dissolve).
- Once the mixture is mixed, place the saucepan on a stove and let it heat over low heat until it boils.
- Once the mixture begins to boil, let it cook for about 13 minutes, stirring the mixture from time to time so that no lumps or burnt layers of sugar are created that would compromise the preparation of the Arab wax.
- Cooking times are relative and also vary according to the type of sugar used. It is important that the Arabic caramel wax takes on a dark color, similar to latte.
- When the liquid takes on an amber color, turn off the heat.
- Before pouring the Arabic caramel wax, let it cool (otherwise the container could break, even the glass, since the sugar reaches very high temperatures!)
- When the mixture has cooled, pour it into a plastic food container or a glass jar. Warning: the wax must reach an intermediate temperature, if it cools too much it will solidify and it will be necessary to heat it further. Just check the consistency with the help of a teaspoon.
- Leave to rest for at least 5-6 hours.
- After the rest time, the Arabic caramel wax is ready to be used!
How to use Arabic caramel wax
The Arabic caramel wax can be heated both in the microwave and in a bain-marie (this is why the choice of container is very important, glass is always the best option).
In both cases it is very important not to overheat it too much and check the temperature with the help of a steel spoon. Alternatively, you can also use a food thermometer to make sure it doesn't overcook.
When the wax has melted you have 2 options:
- use it in the traditional way as a normal wax, therefore using the classic depilatory strips of disposable paper.
- Make a ball of wax to be "rolled" on the area to be depilated (in this case the wax should not be too liquid but "pasty" so that it can be manipulated like plasticine.
If you are at the first experience, we advise you to use the Arabic caramel wax in the traditional way. With the help of a spatula, spread the wax on the area to be depilated and proceed as if it were a normal wax, tearing "against the grain".
The residues of Arabic caramel waxing they can be eliminated with simple hot water as it is totally water-soluble (it's just sugar!). However, remember to moisturize the skin with a nourishing cream since, despite being a natural solution, the hair removal process still represents a stress factor for the skin.
Homemade waxing, other DIY options:
- Sugar wax
- Honey waxing