I Ran Out Of Waxing Strips! What Can I Use?

LuxeLuminous is reader supported. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Home waxing has become more and more popular over the last few years. The systems have become easier to use and more available. Like most cosmetic products, there will be a time when you’ll run out of your waxing strips in the midst of some hair removal.

At this point, you’ll probably think, “I Ran Out Out Of Waxing Strips, What Can I Use?”

Throughout this article, we’ll give you some waxing strip alternatives and we’ll discuss the benefits and risks of these substitutes.

That way, you can continue to enjoy healthy skin without having to be limited to traditional waxing strips.  


I Ran Out Of Waxing Strips! What Can I Use?

Waxing strips

While wax strips  can be inexpensive, there are other alternatives that you can use.

The easiest way to go is to purchase a premade product like stripless wax. But you’re probably looking for immediate home remedies you can do right now.

Let’s look at making a sugar paste.

Sugar Paste

Sugar Paste

You can make a sugar paste to remove unwanted hair from your body, or you can purchase premade paste .

All you need is a paste mixed with lemon juice, water, and sugar. (You can substitute the lemon juice with vinegar, orange juice, or lime juice).

This is an excellent wax strip alternative.

The acid within the ingredients will prevent the sugar from hardening. However, overcooking the paste will cause it to be rock hard once it cools down.

  • Place all of the ingredients inside a large stainless steel pot. 
  • Start cooking on low to medium heat, and make sure you stir frequently. Once the sugar has a honey-like appearance, it’s time to remove it from the stove. 
  • On average, it will take around 7 minutes, but it can be longer based on the stove at your house. Test to see if this alternative waxing strip is ready by placing a portion of the paste in cold water. 
  • Throughout this process, you’ll want to see if the paste will remain pliable while holding its shape.
  • Transfer the paste to a warmed glass or pyrex container.
  • Once you’ve completed the following steps, you can let the paste get to room temperature before using it.

There are more alternatives than the sugaring method, which we’ll explain in the next section. 

Stripless Wax

Stripless Wax

As its name suggests, stripless wax is great because it doesn’t have strips. It has a harder wax than traditional waxing methods and is easier to remove. 

Also, stripless wax is more suited for people with sensitive skin. To use it, make sure your skin is clean before applying the wax. Then, apply the wax in the same direction as the hair growth. 

After leaving it for a few seconds, look for an edge and remove the wax. Ensure that you remove the wax when your skin is smooth and in the opposite direction of your hair’s growth. 

The best part about using stripless wax is that you can reuse it 2-3 times based on how much hair is removed. 

Ant Oil

No products found.

Ant oil is a very strange product that has a history of use throughout Turkey and the Ottoman Empire.

Many have used it to remove hair from the body and to dramatically slow the regrowth of hair.

This alternative wax solution consists of special cream, structuring ingredients, and ant egg extract to help create the cream. 

When in use, the ant oil mixture weakens the hair roots and prevents regrowing. Since ant oil is 100% natural, you can use it on sensitive skin. This includes the facial areas and around the genital region. 

Start by testing a small area in your skin before placing it in large areas of your body. Test if the ant oil works on your skin by applying a small amount of it a day earlier. Place it on a non-sensitive area such as the body orifices or the areola. 

If you don’t notice any skin irritation or rash, you can proceed to fully apply the ant oil the next day. To prepare, start by removing your hair. Your skin has to be clean from hair, so it’s best to remove the hair from the root. 

Clean out the area with water and soap to remove any excess wax residue. Any additional substance such as baby powder, lotion, and waxing oil will create a chemical unbalance and reduce the effects of your ant oil cream. 

Dry out the area and begin to apply the ant oil cream. Make sure to massage it over your skin completely, so you can see better results. When you’re done, the cream will dry off in a few minutes. Don’t remove the cream until it’s been on the skin for around 4 hours. 

Continue to place this cream on the affected areas. Continuous hair removal will have to be in areas that are more likely to regrow. Oil treatment might take a few months to deliver results, but it is considered a permanent solution.  

 Benefits of DIY Waxing

Using waxing alternatives might seem like more effort than traditional waxing strips. However, there are a lot of benefits to making your own DIY wax strips.

Here are some reasons why:

Increased Privacy

Even though professionals do traditional body waxing, some people might be concerned about their privacy. For instance, doing a Brazilian wax on your own can avoid awkward encounters with wax specialists. Also, if you’re waxing during your period, there’s no issue when waxing at home. 

Reduced Cost

Traditional Brazilian waxing procedures cost around $30-$100. Most tools and ingredients can be bought, cleansed, and recycled for long-term savings. 

High-Quality Ingredients

Some salons don’t use natural waxes. Also, some of the waxes might have dyes and additives that will irritate your skin. Making your DIY wax will ensure that you use only natural and safe ingredients. 

Risks When Using Waxing Strip Alternatives

If you are using DIY waxing options, you’ll run the risk of burning your skin. You might have to receive medical assistance or use a first-aid kit based on the burn’s severity. 

In addition, professional salons follow strict guidelines to prevent infections. If your at-home waxing area isn’t properly clean, you’ll have more infections due to the contaminated ingredients. 

If your skin is too dry, chances are you’ll remove the skin instead of the hair. This can lead to inflammation, redness, bumps, ingrown hairs, and blood spotting


To conclude, there are multiple ways to remove hair outside of traditional waxing techniques. When using these DIY methods, always make sure that it’s not too invasive on your skin.

Wax strips are super convenient, but if you run out, you do have alternatives. You can quickly make a sugar scrub, or simply stock up on an alternative like stripless wax.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).