Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Hair Down There

I came across this video today and it got me thinking.

The song is meant as a joke but there are a lot of environmentally unfriendly ways to deal with body hair. I'm not going to go into the shaved vs natural argument. I believe it comes down to personal preference. But you can make an environmentally friendly decision.

Chemicals in hair removers like Nair aren't good for anyone. Razors need to be replaced too often - unless you're using a straight razer and if you are, more power to ya. Sugaring is the most natural hair remover. Especially if it's made at home from simple ingredients without all the additives they put in salon mixtures.

I've looked at a bunch of home sugaring recipes and they're all basically the same. Try this one and see how it works for you.

Basic Sugaring Recipe

2 cups sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup water
Combine the ingredients in a heavy saucepan over low heat.  Use a candy thermometer to tell you when the mixture reaches 250 degrees. Remove from heat and let cool. Once it is cooled a bit, pour it into a microwave safe jar. Let it cool some more. 
Test the mixture on the palms of your hands before spreading on more tender skin. Once it is cool enough for your skin spread it over the area to be sugared. Cover with one inch cotton strips. Leave on a few minutes then tear the strips off as if they were a bandage.
Store unused mixture in the fridge. You can reheat it a microwave or in a pan of hot water.

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