As our bodies transition from childhood to adulthood, facial and body hairs grow accordingly. In an ideal world, men and women should have facial and body hairs in all the right places. But as we all know, nature is not precise. Essential factors like genes, race, and hormonal complications among others will cause hair to grow in inappropriate places. Unwanted hair removal has been common practice for centuries primarily among women.
We have come a long way concerning hair removal. With lasers, electrolysis, permanent waxing, and advanced hair removal creams and lotions, unwanted facial and body hair removal is all the rage for both men and women. As market rules dictate, higher demand equals higher prices. But why should you pay exorbitant prices for a problem that you can solve at home by yourself? There are plenty of recipes for unwanted hair removal masks and waxes that you can whip up in your kitchen. All the ingredients are natural, affordable, and readily available.
Here are our best picks of unwanted hair removal kits.
1. Unripe Papaya Fruit
The Papaya fruit is a major player in making hair-removal solutions. Papain, an enzyme in papaya, weakens and restricts hair follicles. The concentration of Papain in raw papaya is higher than in ripe papaya. For this reason, raw papaya should be used for better results.
Recipe A: Raw Papaya & Turmeric Powder
Procedure: You will need two tablespoons of Raw Papaya paste and ½ teaspoon of Turmeric Powder. Wash and peel your Papaya. Cut it into small pieces and crush them into a paste. Measure two tablespoons of the Papaya paste and add the Turmeric Powder. Apply the paste onto the hairy area and allow it to dry. Once it dries, gently scrub off the paste. Rinse the area off and moisturize. Repeat this procedure once every week or until hair stops regenerating.
Recipe B: Raw papaya, Gram Flour, Turmeric Powder, Aloe Vera Gel & Mustard Oil & Essential Oil
Procedure: You will need one tablespoon of Raw Papaya Paste, ¼ tablespoon of Gram Flour, ¼ tablespoon of Turmeric Powder, four tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel, two tablespoons of Mustard Oil, and two drops of Essential Oil.
Mix all the ingredients to form a thick paste. Apply generously to the desired areas in the direction of hair growth. Let the paste dry for at least 20 minutes. Rub off the paste along with your hairs with a clean cloth in the direction of hair growth. Clean the area and apply moisturizer.
To permanently stop hair from growing, repeat this procedure twice or thrice a week until you achieve your desired outcome.
2. Gram Flour
Gram flour is a perfect exfoliator because it takes to skin very fast. For this reason, gram flour is used as a base ingredient for a lot of hair removal solutions. Gram flour is commonly mistaken for graham flour; it is not the same thing. Gram flour, also known as Besan, is a product of the Garbanzo Bean. Even though using gram flour to remove unwanted hair may take longer than you expect, the long-term results are worth it. Gram flour is excellent in inhibiting hair regrowth so, in the long run, you may not grow hair there anymore.
Recipe A: Gram Flour, Turmeric Powder & Lemon Juice
Procedure: Assemble two tablespoons of Gram Flour, ½ teaspoon of Turmeric Powder, one tablespoon of Freshly Squeezed Lemon, and enough water to form a paste.
Before you begin preparing the paste, shave or trim the hairs on the desired area. The paste works better if the hair is extremely short.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl adding water as required until you have a consistent paste. Slather the paste on the hairy skin against hair growth. Allow the paste to dry. With a clean cloth, scrub of the paste. Gram flour sticks to the skin very firmly so be gentle while scrubbing it off. Rinse the skin thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
Recipe B: Gram Flour, Turmeric Powder & Yoghurt
Procedure: You will need two tablespoons of Gram Flour, ½ teaspoon of Turmeric Powder, and enough Yoghurt to create a paste consistency.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl adding the yogurt as required until you have a consistent paste. Apply generously on the area against hair growth. Allow it to dry. With a clean cloth, rub off the paste. Gram flour sticks to the skin very firmly so be gentle while scrubbing it off. Rinse the skin thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
Recipe C: Gram Flour, Rose Water, Turmeric Powder & Tea Tree Essential Oil
Procedure: You will require two tablespoons of Gram Flour, ½ teaspoon of Turmeric Powder, five drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, and enough Rosewater to create the desired paste.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl adding the rose water as required until you have a consistent paste. Put the mixture in the desired places dissimilar to the direction of hair growth. Allow it to dry. With a clean cloth, scrub of the paste. Cleanse the skin thoroughly and moisturize.
For the best results when using gram flour, always take a shower or wash the desired area before hair removal procedure to achieve optimal exfoliation.
When rubbing the paste off your face, be gentle and avoid tugging. Gram flour sticks strongly to skin and tugging may cause red, irritated skin.
Always test the solution on a small area of skin first to determine if your skin will react.
3. Egg White
The consistency of an egg white, even before adding any other ingredients, is perfect for creating a hair removal mask. Egg whites are light, sticky, quick to dry, and can form a thin film on the skin.
The greatest advantage of using egg whites in a hair removal formula is that in addition to removing unwanted hair, egg whites will improve your skin tone, clear blackheads and make your skin clean and radiant.
Recipe A: Egg Whites & Tissue
Procedure: Gather three tablespoons of Egg White or the entire egg white from one medium size egg, a couple of tissues, and a soft brush. Clean the desired area before you start. This opens up the pores and allows the mask to work better.
After separating the egg white from the yoke, use your soft brush to apply the egg white on the hairy area. Place the tissues in the areas with egg white. Once you are done, apply the second layer of egg white on the tissues. Wait for precisely 10 minutes and begin to peel off the tissues like you would a face mask. Rinse thoroughly and moisturize.
Recipe B: Egg White, Corn Flour, Sugar & Tissue
Procedure: Assemble three tablespoons of Egg White or the entire egg white from a medium size egg, ½ tablespoon of Corn Flour, one tablespoon of Sugar, and enough tissues to accomplish the task.
Combine all the ingredients except the tissues in a bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves. Clean the desired area and apply the first layer of paste. Place tissues in the area before applying the second layer of paste. Allow at least 10 minutes to dry. Gently peel off the tissues in the alternate direction of hair growth.
When using Egg Whites, consistency is key. Using the above solution at least once a week for not less than three months will not only permanently remove your unwanted hair, it will reduce acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores and give your skin a brighter even tone.
4. Sugar, Honey & Lemon Juice
The sugar, honey, and lemon juice solution is meant to work just like the ordinary wax commonly used in salons and spas. And just like the salon wax, there will be some amount of pain when you use this method.
Procedure: Assemble one tablespoon of Sugar, one teaspoon of Honey, one teaspoon of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, enough water to form a paste, some cornstarch or baby powder, a wooden spoon, butter knife or a tongue depressor, and cotton strips of cloth.
Combine the Sugar, Honey, and Lemon Juice in a bowl. Heat over a fire or in the microwave until the sugar melts and forms a thick paste. Make sure not to burn the sugar. If the paste is too thick, add some water. If it is too light, add some cornstarch to thicken the consistency. Let the paste cool enough to apply on your skin comfortably. Use your tongue depressor, wooden spoon, or butter knife to slather the paste on the hairy area in the direction of hair growth. Cover the area with the strips of cloth and press until the cloth sticks onto the wax. In one clean, swift move, pull the strip of cloth off the skin in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Waxing often causes skin irritation. Aloe Vera gel, Witch hazel, Calendula oil, Chamomile oil or Lavender oil can be applied on the irritated areas to soothe skin. A cucumber mask also works well to soothe irritated skin.
5. White Pepper, Camphor & Almond Oil
Camphor and white pepper are a potent combination. They are known to cause a burning sensation on the skin once applied. Some people are wary of implementing this solution on sensitive skin but rest assured, the burning sensation does not have an effect on the skin. This solution is mostly used to remove leg hair.
Procedure: Gather two tablespoons of White Pepper, two tablespoons of Camphor, and a few drops of Almond Oil. The White Pepper and Camphor should be in powder form. Combine all the ingredients in a container. Apply the mixture onto your legs and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off the mixture and with it all the unwanted hairs.
According to internet lore, some people may advise you to add kerosene to this mixture. Do not do that. One, kerosene is flammable and therefore very dangerous; and second, kerosene properties have terrible effects on the skin.
6. Sugar, Lemon Juice & Water
The sugar, Water, and Lemon Juice solution is a prevalent method to remove unwanted hair. This method is also referred to as sugaring. This solution has both exfoliating and astringent properties, the two most important elements in a good hair removal product. The sugar is the exfoliator, and the lemon is astringent.
Procedure: You will require two tablespoons of Sugar, two teaspoons of Freshly Squeezed Lemon juice, and sufficient water to form a paste.
Mix all the ingredients in a container and stir until the sugar granules disappear. Slather the mixture onto the desired area in the direction of hair growth. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes then gently wipe off the paste using a rug. Clean the area and apply moisturizer. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times a week for at least three months or until hair follicles become inactive.
7. Potato, Yellow Lentil, Honey & Lemon Juice
Did you know that potatoes contain bleaching agents? That’s right! And that’s why a combination of potato paste, yellow lentil, honey, and lemon juice will not only remove unwanted hair, but it will also lighten and brighten the skin. This Yellow Lentil and Potato treatment are one of the most popular natural hair removal solutions.
Procedure: You will need a bowl of peeled Potatoes, a bowl of Yellow Lentils, one tablespoon of Honey, and four tablespoons of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice.
Soak the Yellow Lentils overnight. In the morning, drain and grind them into a fine paste. Pulverize the Potatoes and strain them to extract the juice. Combine the yellow lentil paste, potato juice, lemon juice, and honey in a bowl and mix well. Smear the paste on the hairy area and let it dry. With a rug, rub off the paste and with it all your unwanted hair.
DIY remedies for unwanted hair removal are a dime a dozen. There are lots of cheap, natural ingredients to experiment with. Take your time to find what works for you and have fun with your soft, radiant hairless skin.