There are a lot of reasons to want a natural hair removal method. Maybe you’re looking for a cheaper, organic alternative to depilatory creams, or maybe some products give you an allergic reaction. Whatever the reason, many people are looking for that perfect alternative that will be clean, healthy, and effective.
Well, I have good news and bad news.
Bad news first: If you’re looking for a natural hair removal cream that works as well as Veet or Nair without any harsh chemicals, that product unfortunately doesn’t exist. Those chemicals are there for a reason, and it just isn’t possible to make a comparable product without them.
Now the good news! There are some natural alternatives that many people have found effective. Although the results may vary from person to person, there’s very little to lose – you may have the ingredients already in your kitchen cabinet!
So let’s look at some of the best natural ways to get rid of unwanted body hair.
Method 1: Homemade sugar wax
Sugar wax is a great alternative to regular hair removal wax. Many people find it less painful to use, it helps prevent ingrown hair, and it washes off easily.
You can buy pre-made sugar waxes, but you can also make a DIY version at home! All you need is sugar, lemon juice, and a bit of patience. Here’s the recipe:
Sugar wax ingredients:
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- Mix the sugar, lemon juice, and water in a large saucepan on high heat.
- Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium.
- Stir frequently.
- When the color is golden brown, remove it from the heat.
- After it has cooled for a few minutes, you can transfer it into a container.
- Allow it to cool until is near room temperature. Now it’s ready to use!
Abetween has a great video showing how to make and use sugar wax. Her recipe is slightly different from ours, but the ingredients are the same:
Method 2: Papaya juice
When someone suggests hair removal, most people wouldn’t consider papaya juice as a viable option. But it contains Papain, a powerful enzyme that targets hair follicles and breaks them down. This not only helps remove hair, but it also lessens the rate at which new hair appears.
The best part is that it can be used on more sensitive skin types, unlike many other treatments. It may also help to exfoliate and hydrate your skin, getting rid of dead skin layers and giving it a healthy glow.
Method 3: Turmeric
Turmeric has been used as a home remedy in India for centuries. Although it has generally been used to give skin a healthier, shinier look, it may also restrict the growth of body hair.
Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It should be mentioned that it is not very good at removing dense, thick hair. It is best used by those that have lower amounts of body hair.
In this video, Victoria Victoria shows how to mix turmeric, baking soda, rice flour, and coconut milk to make a hair removal paste:
Method 4: Eggs
Eggs are known for being a nutritious, protein-packed food, but they can have other uses. If the egg white is left to dry on your face, it can take on the same properties as our previous mixture.
It adheres to hairs, and pulls them out when it is removed, sort of like sugar wax (but not quite as strong).
Method 5: Spearmint tea
You may be naturally hairy or you may experience a sudden rise in hair density. This rapid change can be triggered by increased levels of androgen hormones, or increased sensibility of the hair follicles themselves. Either way, you need to the normalize your hormone levels, and spearmint is a great way of doing that.
The remedy is quite easy to prepare, and all that you need is a cup of boiling water, and about 5-6 green leaves. If they are dried, one teaspoon should be enough.
You can also buy spearmint tea if you don’t have time to make a fresh batch.
In this video from MakeupLostTime, you can hear about one woman’s experience with spearmint tea:
So these are the best methods for removing unwanted hair naturally. Try them, and hopefully you’ll find one that suits your needs!