Using Sugar Gel for Hair Removal

01 of 07

Make Sugaring Gel

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Before we show you how to use sugaring gel for hair removal, you'll need to make the product. Sugar gel is easy to make, with ingredients you probably already have at home. An added bonus is that it's all natural.
After you have made the recipe, wait until it's cooled down to room temperature before attempting hair removal. We don't want anyone to get burned. Make sure to keep it in a sterile environment.

02 of 07

Items Needed For Cheap Hair Removal

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Talk about cheap hair removal. Once you have your sugaring gel made which, in total, will cost you about $2 or so,) there are a couple other items you need, then you're all set.

  • Pure talcum powder, baby powder or cornstarch
  • Skin cleanser
  • Cotton balls or rounds
  • Applicators (wooden spatulas)
  • Muslin or cloth epilating strips
03 of 07

Microwave Sugaring Gel

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Check sugaring gel after you've had it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The consistency needs to be so that it can be stirred somewhat easily, but not at all watery. Continue to check in 15 second intervals until it comes out just right. It should take about a minute. Then check the temperature by applying a tiny bit to your arm. If it's too hot or watery, just let it cool down a bit before using it.

04 of 07

Prepare Skin for Sugaring Hair Removal Method

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Cleansing the skin to prep for sugaring is incredibly important. Not only does it help curb some of the potential side effects of getting pimples, but the product adheres better to a clean surface and will give you better hair-ridding results. With a cotton ball or round, apply a product like GiGi Pre-Hon ($9). It contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help protect skin from irritation and break-outs from hair removal.
If you don't have a special cleanser to use before hair removal, take a bath or shower and wash skin thoroughly. (Hold off on applying any serums, moisturizers or lotions.)
Then apply a light dusting of talcum powder, baby powder or cornstarch and rub softly into skin. More isn't always better, though. Applying too much powder will interfere with removing the hair. Powder acts as a buffer, helping the gel to grasp the hair better and stick less to the skin.

05 of 07

Apply Sugaring Gel

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You'll need at least 1/4" of hair growth, for the hair to be removed. Apply the sugaring gel in the same direction of hair growth with an applicator at about a 45-degree angle at a section of hair smaller than the strip you're using. You want the product to coat the hair, but only coat. You don't need a ton. If you apply too much, you'll have a problem removing the hair, or break it above or below the surface.
Large applicators are great for the body, and smaller ones work better for more precision on the face. Most of the wooden applicators have rounded edges, but square edge applicators will help you get the bikini line straighter.
Sugaring gel has also been called sugar wax because it's applied similar to waxing, but it's not a correct term. Sugaring paste, on the other hand, uses a different technique that takes hair as short as 1/16 of an inch, and it doesn't require strips or applicators.

06 of 07

Apply Strip Over Sugar Gel

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Speaking of which, now you'll take your strip and apply it over the sugar gel in the same direction of hair growth, leaving some epilating strip over at the end that isn't attached to any hair. This tab is important, because you want to be able to pull the strip off easily. Rub your hand flat over the strip a couple times in the direction of hair growth so that the gel is firmly attached to the hair.

07 of 07

Remove Strip

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Now, holding skin taut with your free hand, remove the strip quickly with a singular pull in the opposite direction of hair growth, all the way to the other side. Don't pull strip straight up or remove it slowly.
Keep working in sections until you remove all the hair. You can apply the sugaring gel over the same section (unlike waxing), bu you can only really do it a couple times. Those with sensitive skin really need to be careful. Any missed hairs can be removed with clean tweezers.
Unfortunately, You may need to heat the sugaring gel up again in the microwave as it begins to cool down. You'll know when the gel gets thick and it isn't removing as easily from the skin. You probably will only need 15 to 30 seconds to re-heat.

Once finished, any excess gel or stickiness should come off skin with soap and water. To lessen redness and irritation, apply a cooling gel. Because hands can carry a lot of bacteria, try to avoid touching the sugared area the first 24 hours to lessen the amount of irritation and potential pimples.

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