If you prefer to remove your body hair, doing it in a pain-free, non-toxic, sustainable way can prove to be rather difficult. When it comes to zero-waste hair removal, safety razors are a popular low-waste shaving option, but shaving isn’t for everyone! If you aren’t a fan of shaving or don’t want to shell out $100 for a sustainable razor, but still want to remove your body hair, you may want to look into how to remove hair naturally.
That being said, there are many ways remove hair naturally, safely, sustainably, and of course, as pain-free as possible. Keep reading for tips on how to remove hair naturally.
Lemon juice and sugar
Combine a little bit of lemon juice, white cane sugar, and water in a bowl, then stir it well until the consistency resembles a sticky paste. Particularly if you have dry skin, don’t leave the paste on for more than 15 minutes. Once it dries, you can remove the paste. Peeling it off should remove most hair; whatever hair is leftover will likely be bleached by the acidity of the lemon juice. For best results, apply sugaring mixture every other day.
Maida, lemon, sugar, and honey
Maida is a white flour from India. Sprinkle it on the area you want to wax, then mix a paste of sugar, lemon juice, and honey together, microwaving it before applying for 2 to 3 minutes. (Add water as needed). Next, apply the paste in the same direction of your hair growth. Place a cotton cloth strip over the spot, pressing it flat. Then, pull the cloth in the direction against hair growth, removing the hair. Use as often as three times a week.
Turmeric, milk and flour
Mix together turmeric, milk, and rice flour, but be careful not to add too much turmeric, as the mustard yellow color can also dye. Add water as needed, then apply the mask over the hair you wish to remove. Let it dry, then wash it off with warm water – no pull necessary!
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together one egg white, some corn starch, and sugar. Make sure there are no lumps in your mixture when done. Apply the mask to the desired area, then let it dry. It should peel off once dry, just like a peel-off face mask, but be sure to wash your face with cold water afterward as well. Use as often as twice a week.
Papaya contains a particular enzyme called papain that opens up hair follicles, allowing them to more easily be removed. Peel a raw papaya, then crush it up to make a paste out of it. Mix in a sprinkle of turmeric powder, mixing it well. Apply to the area and massage it in a circlular motion for up to 20 minutes. Wash it off with water; you can do this as often as three times a week.
Lavender and tea tree oil
Mix a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil in a bowl. Using a reusable cotton pad, apply the oil mixture to your desired area. Because this mixture doesn’t strip hair — it makes it difficult for hair to grow, as both oils have anti-androgenic properties that stop hair growth. So, you’ll have to use it for a longer period time, about three months, and then you'll start noticing impeded hair growth. This mixture is not recommended for acne-prone skin.
Basil and onion
You may smell like a salad, but it works if used frequently. Chop basil leaves and onion, mixing them together in a bowl to make a paste. Apply the paste over the desired area, then let it dry. Once dry, wash off the paste. Repeat up to four times for a few months, to see the best results.
Gelatin and milk
While we don’t recommend this one for vegans, it works due to its stickiness, plus, it works for pulling out blackheads and exfoliating off dead skin cells. Mix together gelatin powder, milk, and lemon juice, and heat in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Let it cool, then apply like a mask to the area. After it dries, peel it off. You can use this method as often as you like, but be warned: it is not recommended for sensitive skin.