Body waxing is a wonderful invention. For years women have luxuriated in the satisfying results of smooth, hair-free legs, under arms, bikini area and facial areas. It is somewhat painful but it’s over quickly and many agree it’s worth the pain. But what of those pesky ingrown hairs that remain behind that cause unsightly and even painful red bumps at the follicle location? These ingrown hairs cause a lot of distress and can even become infected. Ingrown hairs can take away from an otherwise great waxing service. And the worst place for them to occur is usually in the bikini or underarm area. Take heart though, there are easy ways to reduce ingrown hairs from waxing. And these are through prevention and proper after-care.
Whether a professional salon is used or the waxing is done at home, too-frequent waxing will worsen the problem of ingrown hairs. It can cause the hairs that are too short to be picked up with the wax to just break off in the waxing process. Previously waxed hairs and broken hairs are already weakened and will then grow improperly and in odd directions, often ending up under the skin. To avoid this, do not wax more often than about every four weeks so the hair is long enough to be picked up and removed in the waxing procedure. Also, going over the same spot over and over with the wax strip is not a good plan. It can irritate the skin and the follicles, not to mention- force the hairs to break and go back under the skin.
The best practice to reduce ingrown hairs, is to scrub the area to be waxed either with a loofah or a scrubbing or exfoliating product. Scrubbing removes or thins out the layer of skin that covers the ingrown hairs. And the closer to the time of waxing that you scrub- the better, so the hairs will not have time to become ingrown again. Be sure the scrub used is fairly gentle to prevent further irritation. There are also some homemade scrubs that work just as well.
After waxing care
There are products on the market that are designed to be used after waxing to prevent ingrown hairs.They usually can be found at a spa or salon or even at a beauty supply outlet. Directions should be followed precisely with these products so as not to inflame the skin. Whether you use the after-wax product or not, an important step to remember is to wait a day after your waxing to ensure the skin is no longer irritated and gently scrub the area again. This will catch those hairs before they even think about becoming ingrown. Follow by scrubbing the problem area daily, or even every other day in your shower for awhile. Some women find best results by exfoliating right up until just before the next wax.
In the preventing-ingrown-hairs endeavour remember that body hairs will always be growing at different stages so it’s almost impossible to avoid having ingrown hairs completely. But, following these guidelines will reduce the amount considerably. Stay tuned for an article to follow on effective scrubs and after wax products you can make at home.