How to Make "Halaweh" (Natural Hair Remover)

This all-natural hair remover, called halaweh in Arabic, has been used in Middle Eastern homes for centuries.

You will need

  • A saucepan
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • A plate or plastic wrap

Step 1 Heat the pan Heat the empty saucepan on low for 30 seconds to a minute. Slowly add in the sugar, water, and lemon juice, and stir.

Step 2 Stir and boil Continue to stir slowly with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes smooth and begins to bubble. After a couple of minutes at a low boil, turn the heat to low.

Step 3 Let cool After about five minutes, when the mixture has turned thick and dark brown, remove it from the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes.

Step 4 Pour out Pour the mixture onto the plate or plastic wrap so it spreads out flat. It should be thick and move slowly, like molasses.

Step 5 Pull and stretch Pull and stretch the mixture like taffy between your hands. After a few pulls, its color will lighten from brownish to a shiny golden brown. It’s now ready to use!

Step 6 Spread Roll a golf-ball size piece of halaweh between your hands. Using your thumb, spread the ball over the skin in the same direction as the hair growth. Press hard.

Step 7 Rip In a quick, smooth motion, rip off the halaweh in the opposite direction of hair growth. Repeat until all the hair is gone.

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