Natural Ways to Remove Hair

Chemical hair removers work well for most people, but the smell is anything but pleasant. Leave the chemicals on too long and you can end up with painful burns. Razors get the job done, but they can nick or cut, and are the blades are expensive. Natural hair removal methods avoid these hazards while leaving your skin smooth.

  1. Sugaring

    • Sugaring is an easy way to remove hair, using ingredients from your kitchen. Make a sugaring solution. Combine 2 cups sugar, ¼ cup lemon juice and ¼ cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stirring often, boil for about 25 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 246 degrees on a candy thermometer (firm ball stage). Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

      Scoop a bit of this sugary paste onto your fingertips and press it firmly onto the hair you wish to remove on your legs, eyebrows or bikini line. Pull the skin taut and use your fingers to lift one side of the paste. Lift and pull off quickly. The hair should come with the paste. Repeat with the next area. Wash the sugared area with warm water.

      The sugaring paste works best with hair that is at least ¼ inch long.

    Pull it out

    • Plucking, like sugaring, pulls hair out by the roots, leaving your skin smooth for several weeks. Use tweezers to pluck hair from small areas such as eyebrows and upper lip.

      Or visit someone skilled at threading. The threading practitioner holds ordinary cotton thread taut and twists and pulls it, catching up individual hairs and yanking them out quickly and almost painlessly.

      Use a buffing mitt on legs. Rub this slightly abrasive mitt briskly across legs to remove hair. Don't use on irritated, sunburned or sensitive skin.

    Slow and gentle

    • Mix 3 tsp. chickpea flour and 1 tsp. turmeric with a little oil or water to make a paste that is a popular method of hair removal in India. Allow this paste to dry, then rub it off against the grain of hair growth. You need to repeat this regularly over a number of months to reduce the rate of hair growth, but it's very gentle.

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