Are you tired of feeling like the living proof of evolution? Half woman –half ape? Yes well so am I. I hate the horrible process of hair removal and I know most women can relate. Very often I don’t have time to go to the hairdresser to have the hair removed and I’m not organised enough to call the “halawa” lady before the last minute. If I try doing it for myself, I end up covered in halawa, sticking to the carpet, ruining my clothes and not having pulled out one single hair… ok maybe one!

Well ladies, here is an alternative halawa method that will make your life easier.

The idea is similar to traditional halawa but instead of moving the mixture up and down and sideways to remove the hair. You apply it, put a cotton strip on it and pull the cotton strip. Only once and the hair is gone. This process is called sugaring, something between waxing and halawa.

The cotton strips can be found in pharmacies or you can make your own by buying some cotton fabric and cutting it into strips of 5cm x 15cm.

To make it you will need:

1 kilo of sugar

6 lemons
cotton strips
Wooden spatula or spoon or back of knife to spread the sugaring mixture on the wanted body part.

Place the sugar in a large saucepan. Add the juice of 6 lemons. Stirring constantly, heat over low flame until sugar is a dark brown (caramel) colour. Quickly pour into storage container.

To sugar your legs:

Let sugaring cool until it is warm and spreadable, but not too uncomfortable (hot) to handle. If the sugaring is too cool, you can microwave it – but stir it completely, and check it often!

Test the warmth of the sugaring on a small part of your leg. If it is not too hot, it is ready to use. If it is un-spreadable, heat it up a bit.

When sugaring is at the correct consistency, spread thin narrow strips of sugar on leg, spreading from knee to ankle. Immediately cover the sugaring with cotton strip. Repeat until the leg is covered with cotton strips.

When cool to the touch and set (after about 20 seconds depending on thickness) yank the strips beginning from ankle and pull towards knee. Do it quickly!


Test, test, test! Test the warmth of the sugaring on a sensitive part of your leg. It is easy to burn yourself! Also, test the strip (by pulling a small part) before yanking. You don’t want to do it again!

Always pull in the opposite direction that the sugaring was applied. In other words, if you apply down, pull up!

Don’t apply too thickly. It will pull the hair but it will not remove it.