While it doesn’t pose any health risks, unwanted hair (“unwanted” being the operative word here) can be an embarrassing condition for many people. Hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, certain medications, post pregnancy hormonal changes, etc. can all cause unwanted hair issues for women. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed my face has developed a lot more “peach fuzz.” It’s most annoying!
Before shelling out big bucks for techniques like laser hair removal, permanent waxing, electrolysis, etc….there are plenty of natural home remedies for hair removal that can save you money while removing hair naturally without any side effects.
These remedies are easy to make, with a few simple and inexpensive ingredients that come straight from your kitchen!
Remedy #1: Sugar Wax
“Sugaring” is a hair removal treatment that has been practiced for centuries throughout Northern Africa, Greece and the Middle East.
Rather than a wax that adheres to your skin and pulls your skin when you are removing the hair, sugar binds to your hair and pulls it out at the root. This makes it especially great for individuals with sensitive skin and “peach fuzz” (like me!) because it’s less likely to cause irritation.
You can use it anywhere you would like to remove hair, but you will want to grow hair out to about 1/4 of an inch to ensure that the wax has something to grab hold of.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Candy thermometer
Combine the sugar, water and lemon juice in a small sauce pan.
Heat on low until the mixture reaches the “hard ball” stage on your candy thermometer. Make sure not to cook it too long! I made one batch that I cooked just barely too long and by the time it reached room temperature it was rock hard.
Remove from heat and let the wax cool to room temperature. PLEASE make sure that the sugar wax has cooled enough because you can really burn yourself if it is too hot.
Use a spoon to scoop up a bit of the wax and then use your fingers to roll it into a ball.
Spread the ball of wax onto clean, dry skin in the same direction of your hair growth. Let it sit for a few minutes and then gently begin to lift the edges of the sugar wax on any corner of the application. You want to lift it enough so you can get a firm grip on the wax, to ensure easy removal. Hold your skin taught, and pull the wax off in the opposite direction of your hair growth. You can easily clean up any residue from sugaring with warm water.
Post-sugaring, avoid hot water, exfoliation, gym activity and the sauna for 48 hours. Your skin is sensitive! Treat it nicely.
Store the extra wax in a jar and put it in the microwave for a 30 seconds to reheat.
Remedy #2: Turmeric Paste
Turmeric, an herb from the ginger family, is a powerful antioxidant that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic Indian medicine for centuries. It is inexpensive and can be found in any grocery store. The yellow spice is most often used to add color and flavor to Indian cuisine, but it’s also extremely effective in removing unwanted hair and inhibiting hair growth. Over time, with continued use, you will notice that your hair won’t grow back as quickly and will eventually stop growing altogether.
- Turmeric powder (approximately 3 teaspoons)
- Milk (approximately 1 teaspoon)
Mix the turmeric with milk until it’s a toothpaste like consistency. I didn’t do exact measurements, but I ended up using approximately 3 teaspoons turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon milk.
Spread the paste onto your skin in the same direction of your hair growth and allow it to dry. Use a clean washcloth dipped in warm water and scrub your skin in a circular motion to remove the paste.
Repeat the treatment every few days or as you see hair growth. After using this remedy for a few months you may notice the hair is finer and takes longer to grow back.
One word of caution – turmeric will temporarily dye your skin yellow. Once you’ve removed the turmeric paste, simply scrub your skin with a little baking soda and water to remove the yellow tint. You can also lessen the discoloration by dipping a cotton ball in milk or almond oil and rubbing it wherever you used the paste.
Remedy #3: Gelatin Peel-Off Face Mask
This home remedy works very well on stubborn hairs (like your chin and upper lip) and has the added benefit of removing blackheads as well!
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
- 1-2 drops Lavender essential oil (optional but very soothing to skin)
- Popsicle Stick
Mix the ingredients together.
Microwave for 10-15 seconds. As soon as the mixture is cool enough to touch, apply it to your skin a popsicle stick. It will set up fairly quickly, so you’ll need to fast about applying it.
Wait a couple of minutes until the mask dries, then peel it off. Repeat until your face is free of hair!
Rinse any leftover mixture off of your face with warm water, gently patting dry with a towel. However, using soap or any other chemicals on your face right after peeling off the mask is not a good idea. If you’re going outside afterward, though, make sure to apply sunscreen.
Keep in mind, natural home remedies take longer to show results and so a bit of patience is required. But the payoff is that since there are no chemicals in these natural ingredients, there are no side effects either.
What is your favorite hair removal method?