I struggled for years to make my own hair removal sugar paste and suffered so many disappointments so now that I’ve finally figured it out thanks to Ruth Christy at DIY Salon, I want to share it with you. So if you want to make your own hair removal sugar paste at home, here’s what works for me:
Sugar Paste Recipe
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- candy thermometer (ideally paddle style)and a pot
Combine sugar, lemon juice and water on medium high, stirring constantly to avoid burning. I prefer a paddle thermometer as they’re more stable than the thin ones and they sit flush with the side of the pot and don’t get in the way of stirring. For soft paste, I cook the sugar until it reaches 240 degrees F and remove it from the heat. Carefully pour your sugar into your container (it’s easy to burn yourself with hot sugar) and let your paste cool for 1 to 1.5 hours or so. I’ve seen several YouTube videos of women wetting their hands and then kneading their sugar after it’s been cooked – in my experience, this is unnecessary and you can burn yourself – there’s no need to knead!
Soft, Medium and Firm stages
The key is to cook the sugar to the right temperature for your desired consistency: soft, medium or firm. Soft sugar paste is better for delicate areas such as the upper lip and brow, medium is great for large areas like the legs, and firm is best for warm body areas, like the bikini line when you’re doing a Brazilian. Also consider your climate: for warmer climates, you’ll need a firm paste to hold its consistency, in colder climes, go softer. The guidelines to make your own hair removal sugar paste at home are: for soft paste, cook to 240 degrees F, (soft ball stage in candy making) for medium paste, cook to 250 degrees F and for firm paste, cook to 260 degrees F (hard ball stage in candy making). The longer you cook your sugar, the harder it gets, but even if you have a hard candy batch of sugar that you overcooked, don’t throw it out! You can salvage it (unless it’s at the crack stage) by putting it in your warmer, or reheating it in the microwave for a minute or so, stirring it to eliminate hot spots.
Once your sugar is ready, you can store it at room temperature as it’s shelf stable, (sugar is antibacterial) so you don’t need to refrigerate it. However, if you want to reuse a ball of sugar you’ve already worked with, then you will need to store it in the fridge to firm it up for your next session.
And that’s how you make your own hair removal sugar paste at home. I hope you find this helpful, and in the near future I’ll be doing videos on this topic as well as how to sugar by hand.