2 cups water
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1. Dump everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil. You have to watch it because it may get frothy, so stir occasionally. Watch until it gets golden brown, then turn down the heat, but let it simmer.
2. Keep a careful watch on the color. Once it starts to change to brown, turn off the heat. Let it cool before you pour small quantities in a heavy duty plastic container. Plastic that's not heavy duty will melt.
3. When it becomes cool enough to handle, pull a piece off the plastic and pull and stretch it. It should change color, from a clear golden brown to an opaque gold. It should also be easy to stretch; if it is too hard, you've left it on the heat for too long and you'll have to make a new batch. If it is too liquidy, put it back in the pot and continue heating.
4. To use, trim your hair so it's relatively 1/2". Stretch the wax over the direction of hair growth (not against it). Then press down firmly, wait a few seconds and jerk it off in one quick movement. It gets easier in time.
5. Make sure the wax stays warm so it's more pliable and you don't waste so much. Also, it's best to do it after you shower, so your skin is free from dirt and the wax will be able to pick up hair easier. Don't use lotion beforehand either. To reduce the effect of ingrown hairs, use a loofah or scrub as the hair grows back.
Source of recipe: This is an Arabic recipe from my aunt.