Bikini Kill: DIY Wax Recipes for Hippie Hair Removal

Hirsute stereotypes notwithstanding, hippie living and hair removal are not mutually exclusive.

Lesley is ditching her store-bought beauty products and going full hippie. Here's how to join her.

Hirsute stereotypes notwithstanding, hippie living and hair removal are not mutually exclusive. So to mark the kick-off of swimsuit season, I spent the past week waxing my bikini line with a dozen different natural DIY recipes. I’ve burned through pounds of sugar, and I’m running out of hair to pull out. But it beats the alternative: Any time I take a razor to a sensitive area, it means minor cut season, razor burn season, and ingrown hair season.

In the past, I’ve tried loads of at-home wax kits to dodge spa prices, but they’ve all been more trouble than they’re worth—sticky messes on popsicle sticks that hurt like hell. Enter the sugar wax: This old-school waxing method is cheap, requires no heat or strips, and is as effective and less painful than conventional waxing. The catch: It takes a lot of trial and error to make it work.

To start experimenting, cook up a thick syrup of brown sugar, water, and an acid. At room temperature, your wax should take on a taffy-like consistency—think Gak or those sticky hand toys you can get for a quarter next to the cash register at a Golden Corral.

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1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar
2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan over high heat, get them to a rolling boil, then reduce to medium and watch the pot, stirring occasionally. When browned, pour into a clean glass container.

Cooking the wax is a delicate science. Cooking times vary drastically depending on your stovetop and the moisture content of the sugar, so it’s best to judge the progress by the wax’s color. Most sugar waxers say to keep it on the stove until the color gets somewhere between honey and molasses, but even wax closer to a ginger ale can do the job.

My wax starts to get brown in about six minutes, and I pull it off the heat the second it starts smelling like burnt marshmallows. To find the consistency that works for you, take your wax off the heat early in the browning stage, let it cool, and test the mixture at several intervals. You can always cook it a bit more, but once it’s gone too far, you’re screwed. You can even pour the wax onto a large dinner plate or pie pan that’s slightly wet to help it cool faster. And if you do overcook a batch, dispose of it in the trash can, not the sink—as soon as it cools, it will be rock solid.

Applying the wax also requires a little bit of tinkering. Many at-home waxers recommend that you take a nub of wax, work it into your hand until it’s pliable, spread it over your skin using your fingers, then jerk your hand up like this. The wax that’s stuck to your fingers will pull the wax off your leg, and all your unwanted hair with it.

For the life of me, I can’t get this method to work. I just make big stringy messes all over my hands. But I’ve found that the same principle works beautifully with a butter knife. Any residue left on the skin can be picked up by blotting the waxy knife on top of it—the same way you’d get gum off your face after blowing a huge bubble.

To make the whole process easier, be sure you’re starting with long enough hair—at least two weeks of growth. And for a natural primer, dust your skin with cornstarch before you apply the wax to take care of any excess moisture. Any leftover wax can be stored in an airtight jar or poured over some vanilla ice cream. That’s not weird, right?

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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.

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The future generations will have to live on this Earth for years to come, and, not surprisingly, they're very concerned about the fate of our planet. We've seen a rise in youth activists, such as Greta Thunberg, who are raising awareness for climate change. A recent survey indicates that those efforts are working, as more and more Americans (especially young Americans) feel concerned about climate change.

A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

The poll found that concern for the environment isn't a partisan issue – or at least when it comes to younger generations. Two-thirds of Republicans under the age of 45 feel that addressing climate change is their duty, sentiments shared by only 38% of Republicans over the age of 45.

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