I am a 20-year-old male who has grown tired of my chest and abdominal hair. Because I am a college student, I don’t have much money or access to hair removal products other than my trusty razor. However, dealing with stubble the very next day is not very pleasant.
In any case, I tried a sugaring recipe that called for a cup of sugar, 1/4 cup honey, and the juice from half a lemon mixed together and microwaved. I shrunk the ingredients from there as I only have a small bit of chest and abdominal hair. My first two attempts resulted in a mixture that hardened to a rock when cooled.
I played around with different proportions and finally ended up with a recipe that was workable while hot. It was pretty runny straight from the microwave, but was like the consistency of honey when cooled to a point that I could touch it to my skin.
I applied it in the direction of my hair growth and rubbed a strip of fabric I took from a bolt I got from a fabric store. I then rubbed it firmly against the hair growth, ripped it off, and…nothing happened. So I tried again using different thicknesses, different strips (I cut up an old sock to try even), and different temperatures. I tried ripping the strip off immediately after rubbing and after letting it sit for as long as 10 minutes. For the most part, I felt the pain of the strip tugging at the hair and skin, but absolutely no hairs were ever removed. Other times when I applied the mixture as thinly as I could, there was no pain and no hair removed.
What am I doing wrong? Do I need to use a different kind of strip? Is my recipe off? I’m a complete newbie to sugaring, so any input at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!