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How to Make Your Own Hair Removal Wax

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2014 | By Melissa King

Melissa King

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

How to Make Your Own Hair Removal Wax

Shaving is one of the quickest ways to nix body hair, but it's not quite as effective as waxing. Waxing yanks hair out of the root, so it takes longer to grow back. Chemical waxing products use an ingredient called calcium thioglycolate to strip hair. It can irritate skin, and it doesn't smell very nice, either. Thankfully, you don't need to give up waxing to avoid slathering your body with chemicals. Instead, make your own wax with natural items such as sugar and water. This sugar wax costs pennies per batch, and it's as effective as the store-bought variety.

Make the Sugar Wax

Step 1

Combine 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan. If desired, add a drop or two of tea-tree essential oil for fragrance.

Step 2

Put the pan on the stove, and set the temperature to medium-high.

Step 3

Stir the mixture constantly as it melts together and develops a syrup-like consistency. Sugar burns easily, so don't stop stirring for too long.

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Step 4

Watch for the mixture to turn a golden-brown color. Alternatively, insert the tip of a candy thermometer into the mixture. The wax is ready when it reaches approximately 260 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5

Remove the wax from heat, and pour it into a glass bowl or jar. Allow the wax to cool for at least two hours before using.

Use the Sugar Wax

Step 1

Put a small amount of the wax in a heat-safe dish. Warm the wax in the microwave for 10 to 30 seconds. If your wax is still warm, you don't need to do this.

Step 2

Dip a wooden popsicle stick into the warm wax. Spread the wax over your skin in the direction of hair growth.

Step 3

Cover the waxed area with a thin cloth strip. Press down on the cloth so that it sticks to your skin.

Step 4

Grasp the end of the cloth. In one quick motion, pull the cloth up and away from your skin. If done correctly, you should see small hairs sticking to the cloth. If some hair still remains on the waxed area, reapply the wax and repeat the process until it's gone.

Step 5

Apply wax to another area. Press a clean cloth down over the area, then pull it off quickly. Continue this process until you've waxed off all of the unwanted hair.

Warnings

  • Wax should not be too thin or too thick. If the wax is too hot, it will be too thin and may cause burns. Super-cooled wax is hard and difficult to work with. Hard wax may also cause skin tears. Keep wax at a temperature that is comfortable to touch, and keep wax at a malleable consistency at all times. Reheat if necessary.

Tips

  • To store your wax, put it in an airtight container with a lid and keep it in the refrigerator.
  • You can keep and reuse the cloths after waxing. Rinse the cloths off under running water, and peel off the remaining wax. Wash cloths with your regular load of laundry.

Things You'll Need

  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Saucepan
  • Tea-tree essential oil (optional)
  • Candy thermometer (optional)
  • Glass bowl or jar
  • Heat-safe dish
  • Popsicle stick
  • Cloths

How Can Onion Juice Help Reduce Dandruff? Jayshree Bhagat on October 12, 2013

Dandruff is one of the most common and annoying problems amongst teenagers and adults. Dandruff can occur at any age, it usually creates an embarrassing situation because of the flakes that tend to drop from one’s hair or stick on to the scalp and sometimes on clothes also. General symptoms for this problem are burning sensation on the scalp, scalp itching and fall of flaky skin.

What causes dandruff?

Dandruff can be caused due to internal or external problems. Internal causes can be like poor health, poor hygiene, hormonal imbalance and deficiency of nutrition. External causes can be like hair sprays, cold weather, indoor heating, colouring products, hot hair curlers, stress, anxiety, gels, infrequent shampooing, etc. Dandruff can be dry or greasy. It is caused mostly due to fungus on the scalp. Here we are going to discuss about onion juice as one of the effective home treatments to curb the problem of dandruff. Yes, onion for dandruff is the most wonderful natural remedy you can rely upon.

Ways to Use Onion Juice for Dandruff

1. Fenugreek seeds are the best remedy to treat dandruff. Soak two table spoons of these seeds overnight in water. Now, ground them into a fine paste and mix with onion juice in the morning. Apply this paste on the scalp and wash off after half an hour.

2. Mix Aloe Vera gel with onion juice and apply this mixture to your scalp and lightly massage it in. This mixture will help soothe an itchy scalp. Leave this for about ten minutes and rinse.

3. Take green gram powder and add onion juice. You will have to apply this paste twice a week for the best results.

4. Beets are useful to treat dandruff. Boil them in the water, cool and mix them with onion juice.  Massage this mixture into the scalp with the help of finger tips before sleeping.

5. The juice of snake gourd is also considered showing effective results to prevent and cure dandruff. This juice should be mixed with onion juice and rubbed all over the scalp for best results.

6. Onion is an orthodox remedy for treating dandruff and hair loss problems. Onion juice kills the bacteria and white flakes on the scalp. This juice provides nutrients and strength to the roots of hair and stimulates circulation of blood. This is also useful remedy to cure hair fall. Cut onions into big pieces and grind them to make a paste. Rub this paste on your scalp and wash off after 30 minutes or till they are nicely soaked into the roots.

7. To get rid of dandruff, you can also mix onion juice with lemon juice. This helps to discard the bad odour of onion from the hair. This mixture can treat dandruff and can also help in soothing of an itching scalp if used regularly.

8. Onion juice contains anti-bacterial properties, which cleanses the scalp, cures dandruff and also many other scalp infections. They also help to maintain shiny and strong hair. Mix onion juice with 1 tablespoon of honey and apply this on the scalp to treat dandruff naturally.

9. Take 1 tsp of olive oil and mix it with 3 tsps of onion juice. Apply this mixture on your scalp and hair. You can wrap a hot towel over the hair for ½ hour and wash it off with the help of a mild shampoo to treat dandruff in an effective manner.

10. Mix 1 teaspoon lime juice, 5 teaspoons of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of onion juice in a mixer. Now, apply this mixture on the scalp and wash this after 20 to 30 minutes. This will help treat dandruff and clear flakes.

11. Vinegar is rich source of potassium and hence is useful to treat dandruff. You can mix apple cider vinegar and onion juice and massage on the scalp for 5 to 7 minutes.

12. Beat 2 eggs and add some onion juice to this. Apply this evenly on the scalp and wash off after an hour. Eggs are a good conditioner for dry hair caused due to dandruff.

13. Apply 2 tbsp of apple juice mixed with 2 tbsp of onion juice. Leave this on the scalp for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly.

 

Great article on kitchen ingredients to treat your hair

Natural Hair Care Products - from Your Own Kitchen!

 

MD Lynn, Yahoo Contributor Network
Nov 1, 2006

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We all want healthy and beautiful, shiny hair, but we can't all afford those expensive hair care products on the market today. With those salon shampoos costing anywhere from $15-50 per bottle, colorings costing over $50 bucks in the salon, shiners and glossers costing about the same, hot oil treatments, collagen gels, and on and on…

But when it comes right down to it, you don't need all of those expensive salon products to have beautiful, shiny, soft and luxurious hair. To start with, let's talk about things you can do for your hair besides applying products that will automatically help your hair be healthier:

Don't wash your hair every day

Unless you have a very oily scalp or work out or sweat during the day, your hair is most likely not dirty enough to need to be washed every single day. In fact, hair will often set better and hold a style better when it is not freshly washed.

Don't blow dry your hair

Whenever possible, and time permitting, let your washed and combed hair dry naturally. Blow drying your hair adds both heat and friction, and those both bad for your hair.

Don't use styling sprays or hair spray

These will dry out your hair, make it brittle, and cause split ends. Your best bet is to find a stylist to cut your hair in such a way that it needs minimal styling and preparation.

Get your hair trimmed regularly

Yes, only a woman would know that to grow your hair, you must cut it. Trimming your hair regularly and properly will get rid of the drier ends and keep them from splitting, which damages your hair.

Okay, now on to the products you can use, all natural, and many found right in your kitchen cabinets.

Rosemary

Rosemary stimulates hair follicles and has been shown to help prevent baldness. Rosemary oil is best for this, and can be found in most any health food store or in hobby stores for making scented items. Lightly heat the oil and massage into the scalp for several minutes, then let sit for several minutes, and then down the hair shafts before rinsing with warm clear water.

Avocado

Avocado not only contains natural oils, but it also contains vitamins B6 and E, often found in the more expensive hair care products on the store shelves. Crushing avocado, and mixing with one or more of the ingredients mentioned here will make a great paste to deep condition your tresses. Leave on for at least 20 minutes for maximum effect.

Mayonnaise

Mayo has fatty acid and fat, or oils in it, that will deep condition your hair. Don't not rub it into your scalp, because it is very oily and hard to remove. Mayo is best applied from below the ear down, and will deep condition those drier split ends. Mayo is good for mixing with avocado and is used the same way.

Eggs

For really soft hair, whisk a couple of eggs in a bowl, apply to your hair, let it dry and then rinse it all out. Follow this with a light vinegar rinse, and you will strips any residual egg product from your hair and be left with clean and soft, conditioned hair. Egg can also be mixed with other ingredients listed here with the same effect.

Vinegar

Did you know that even your shampoo can cause buildup on your hair and eventually make your hair dull and dingy? One way to combat that is to use a vinegar rinse on your hair about once a month. Using three parts water, one part vinegar, you can spray or soak your hair in this solution to remove any chemical, pollution, or shampoo and conditioner buildup and you will find that your hair is much easier to manage and style.

Yogurt

Use plain yogurt in much the same way you would use mayonnaise on your hair. This can also be mixed with avocado or eggs and oils. Yogurt provides a similar effect to mayonnaise, but is good to use for people who don't like the smell of mayo or who may be allergic to eggs (an ingredient in many mayonnaises.)

Hot Oil

Forgot the $5 bucks for a small tube of hot oil. You can make your own! Canola oil is the best, because it is all natural and contains no additional ingredients. While you can use vegetable oil, it is not recommended, because vegetable oil doesn't seem to rinse as clean as canola oil does. Mineral oil is a good choice too, provided it is all natural with no fragrances. Baby oil is not recommended, because it contains fragrance, in the form of alcohol, and will actually make your hair drier, not conditioned. Warm the oil by placing it in the microwave for a few seconds, but be sure not to get it too hot and burn yourself or your scalp.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

If you have a very oily scalp, "Dawn takes grease out of your way." You don't want to use this more than about once per month, but for those times when your hair and scalp are extra oily, Dawn dishwashing liquid will clear that oil right up and leave your hair ready to condition.

Peaches, Watermelon, Cucumber

Fruit for your hair! Seriously, crush any of these items and rub them into your hair or mix them with the thicker more substantial items and not only will your hair be conditioned, but it will smell fantastic too!

Word of warning…Many people have claimed that using beer on hair is a good option, and while it will strip things from your hair, much like the vinegar will, beer actually contains alcohol (who would have thought that!) and alcohol dries your hair out. Beer is not a good option for conditioning or managing hair.

This is just a list of a few normal households items you might find in your own kitchen that can help you have a luxurious head of healthy hair while saving big bucks on the more expensive products that actually contain things that are bad for your hair along with these good things mentioned here. Give some of them a try - you won't be disappointed!

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Here are some interesting brews from your kitchen to heal and rejuvenate scalp

8 Homemade Hair Treatments

Make an all-natural remedy designed especially for your hair type

By Brynn Mannino

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http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/8-homemade-hair-treatments-110251

Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they're not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective—and gentler—alternative to chemical-laden products? Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes.

 

For All Hair Types

 

"The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds," says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.

To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

 

For Dull Hair

 

Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. "Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes," says Lisa Belkin, author of The Cosmetics Cookbook.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

 

For Itchy Scalp

 

To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. "The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head," says Cox.

To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.

 

For Limp or Fine Hair

 

To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses, explains Cox.

To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. "When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair," says Belkin. Treatments can be applied every other week.

 

For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair

 

Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon—hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature's sweetener can help. "Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture," says Cox.

To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.

 

For Oily or Greasy Hair

 

"Used properly, [cornmeal or cornstarch] is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease," says Belkin.

To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day


 

For Frizzy Hair

 

Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair, explains Cox.

To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

 

For Residue-Ridden Hair

 

"Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda," Cox says. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.

To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.