How to make your own wax strips

Hair removal is a concern for both men and women. There are several different methods of hair removal, including shaving, bleaching, threading and waxing. Many people prefer to use wax to remove hair because the results last longer than shaving and bleaching, but wax is not as costly as other methods such as electrolysis. Waxing can be done in a salon or at home. When done at home, you can use products bought from a shop or your own homemade wax strips, made with supplies from home and a beauty supply or health food shop.

Pour the sugar and water into the pot and heat, stirring often, until the sugar melts.

Mix the citric acid with the warm water until it dissolves. Add this mixture to the sugar solution and mix well.

Remove the pan from the stove and mix in the glycerine. Allow the wax to cool so it's still hot but won't burn.

Place a layer of waxed paper, wax side up, in the bottom of a square plastic container.

Use your spatula to spread the homemade wax onto the waxed paper in portions about 5 cm (2 inches) wide and 7.5 cm (3 inches) long. Place pieces of cling film, cut to fit each individual strip, over the wax and allow it to set.

Store wax strips in the fridge. When you're ready to use a wax strip, soften it by placing it between both palms. Apply a small, circular rubbing pressure until the heat from your hands warms and softens the wax.

Sprinkle talcum powder on your skin; this helps absorb sweat and skin oils and makes it easier to remove the wax.

Remove the waxed paper from a wax strip and place the wax on the desired area of your skin. Apply a rubbing pressure on the wax strip using your finger and going in the direction of hair growth.

Pull the cling film and wax quickly from your skin, moving in the opposite direction of hair growth. You may remove the cling film when applying the wax, but leaving it in place gives you something with which to grab the wax.


Avoid leaving wax on skin for more than a minute or two; the harder it gets the more uncomfortable it is when you pull it off.

Things You'll Need

  • 506 g (2 1/4 cups) sugar
  • 237 ml (1 cup) water
  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • 1/4 tsp citric acid
  • 118 ml (1/2 cup) warm water
  • 1/2 tsp glycerine
  • Waxed paper
  • Square plastic container
  • Spatula
  • Scissors
  • Cling film
  • Talcum powder
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.