Over the years I’ve come across a myriad of home remedies for hair removal. These days, it seems like every second post on Pinterest is a home remedy of some sort, with home remedies for hair removal being up there with the best of them.
Some of these “remedies” range from interesting to out-and-out bizarre. Sometimes, curiosity gets the best of me and I put the remedy to the test, fortunately on an assistant, as I lasered my hair long ago. There’s everything from scrubs that lighten hair to homemade waxes.
Let’s see how they fare…
Sugar-Lemon Mix to Remove Unwanted Hair on the Face
This remedy is said to exfoliate the skin, removing some hairs, while bleaching others. Lemon juice is used as a natural bleach to try and lighten the hair.
- Sugar – 2 tablespoons
- Fresh lemon juice – 2 teaspoons
- Water – 10 tablespoons
- Mix sugar, lemon juice and water together.
- Sugar is meant to dissolve, though not completely, in the water.
- Massage this onto your face in the direction of hair growth.
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse with water while gently rubbing.
- Do this two or three times a week. After a couple of weeks, you will begin to see a substantial reduction in facial hair.
I must say, this smelt delicious – and really put me in the mood for pancakes. Unfortunately, though, in the way of hair reduction, this was a complete fail. It succeeded in creating quite a sticky mess though!
Next up, a face mask.
Turmeric and gram flour face mask for facial hair
- Two teaspoons of gram flour
- Two teaspoons of turmeric
- Six teaspoons of water
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Apply the mixture of gram flour and turmeric with a little water, to face.
- When it dries, gently rub off. This will remove excessive facial hair.
I’m not sure why anyone would think this would work, but I gave it a go anyway. Somewhat unsurprisingly, it had no effect whatsoever – Except for staining my poor assistant’s face a strange turmeric yellow.
Homemade wax for hair removal
Similar ingredients to the first recipe, but heated in the microwave and used as a wax. If any of these were going to work, I felt like this one had the best chance of achieving anything.
- One cup of sugar
- Quarter cup of honey
- One ounce of lemon juice
- A few drops of molasses
- Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave bowl
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
- Remove and stir the mix, if the sugar hasn’t dissolved then microwave for a further 30 seconds.
- Let the mix cool off, not completely, but as it won’t burn you when you apply it to your skin. Apply to the skin with a popsicle stick, where the hair growth is.
- Now, take a cotton fabric strip (We just used a cut up old bed sheet), and press down onto the sugar mix. Rub several times.
- Pull the skin taught and remove the strip quickly, opposite to the way the hair grows.
Surprisingly, this did actually remove some hairs – That being said, nowhere near as effectively as a regular wax. The mixture is fiddly and messy, and it takes a lot longer. I don’t think it’s really an effective method. Certainly no replacement for a regular wax I’m afraid!
Unfortunately, none of these home remedies for hair removal were anywhere near effective – And to be honest, we weren’t too surprised.
I suggest you try something more effective such as laser, epilation or any other of the proven methods and leave the home remedies for hair removal if you want to be hair free.