Ingrown Hairs and how to deal with them…

Ingrown hairs, the bane of any waxers life! Pesky little buggers, aren’t they?!  You’ve got your waxing routine down to a T, you’re silky smooth and hair free, the last thing you need is ingrown hairs.

What exactly are ingrown hairs?
Quite simply they are hairs that have curled round and grown back into the skin.  They often appear like small spots or pimples and you can sometimes even see the hair trapped under the skin.

What causes them?
There are a number of factors.  People with naturally more coarse or curly hair tend to be prone to them.  People who usually shave definitely suffer more than those who use other hair removal methods.  The main cause of ingrown hair is clogged hair follicles (the small hole in the skin from which the hair grows).  The follicles can become clogged with dead, dry skin cells or oil.  This stops the hair breaking through the skin.  If you’ve been waxed a few times the hair is weakened each time, growing back softer and finer and even less able to penetrate dry or clogged skin, which is why aftercare is so important.

Prevention is better than cure…
Stopping the skin becoming dry and congested is a big step towards preventing ingrown hair.

Exfoliating Gloves – I’m always banging on about these, aren’t I? You can get them for as cheap as 50p, from places like Home Bargains, Boots and even Primark sell them now. Use them daily, make them part of your shower routine and the key word here is GENTLY!! The gloves do all the work for you so gently sweep them over the skin, no pressure or heavy scrubbing required, you’re not cleaning the oven!

Body Scrubs – I’m a bit partial to Soap and Glory body polishes. Or sometimes I make my own . I particularly like this one THIS ONE but there are a million very cheap and easy diy recipes out there and mostly they simply consist of coconut oil and sugar. When I’m making this myself I like to substitute the peppermint oil in the recipe for tea tree oil which is known for it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties. So make your scrub, store in a tub or jar and use at the end of your shower on damp skin, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. The sugar gently exfoliates and the oil will moisturise – perfect!

So what do I do if I’ve got ingrown hairs?  I didn’t prevent them, I need a cure!
As tempting as it might be, don’t pick, scratch or squeeze them.  You don’t want to break your skin as this will make it more susceptible to infection.  For those of us that just can’t leave them alone (yes, that’s me!!) then sterile tweezers can be used to try and retrieve the hair from under the skin but I really strongly advise AGAINST digging around as you can do some real harm and even leave scarring. 

I retail two fantastic ingrown hair products

Aloe Clear
Bikini Saver – £3
Body Roll-On – £13
Aloe Clear roll on gel is a unique product that prevents AND eliminates ingrown hairs by intensely moisturinsing and exfoliating your skin as well as tackling sore and infected ingrown hairs with its antibacterial properties. It soothes, calms, exfoliates and moisturises all in one.

Bump Eraiser – £16
This magic medi-paste is a highly concentrated spot treatment invented to eliminate ingrown hairs, razor bumps and pimples. It reduces redness while preventing infection. Formulated with Salicyclic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Triclosan and Vitamin A, it draws out infection rapidly without causing trauma to the skin. You’ll see AMAZING results within 7 days!

So there’s no need to suffer.  I’ll discuss aftercare advice during your appointment and within a few weeks we’ll have you sorted, smooth and bump-free!

Waxing During Pregnancy

From the moment you know to the day you deliver, pregnancy waxing is available here.  If you’re booking an appointment and you’ve never been to me before, then please do mention when making the appointment that you are pregnant.  I’ll need to ask you a couple of questions – I’m not prying into your personal details but I’ll need to just check whether the pregnancy has progressed uneventfully so far, and check that you’re being monitored under routine observations.

If you’ve got any questions for me I’m more than happy to speak to you, but here are my most frequently asked questions from mums-to-be…

Is it safe for me to have a wax whilst pregnant?  Yes! You may feel more sensitive due to the changes that come along with pregnancy, but it’s perfectly safe.  Whether pregnant or not, I always use hot wax for my intimate waxing treatments, no strips.  Unlike strip wax, hot wax grips the hair but NOT the skin, for a more gentle treatment.

Can I get waxed right before my due date? Yes.  I have lots of women who are waxed throughout their pregnancy up to a few days before, or even the actual day of their due date.

When you’re waxing me will you be doing anything differently to usual? I’ll have the head of the bed raised, as pregnant women should not be laid flat on their back for any length of time.  There will be a glass of iced water available for you.  I’ll be asking you throughout the treatment if you need a quick break, if you’re comfortable, if you need to change position, etc.  And I’ll be working super fast!

What are the benefits of being waxed while pregnant?  There are no clinically proven benefits and I’m sure any midwives will tell you they don’t notice or care either way.  But most of my clients say they feel cleaner, more comfortable and more prepared after they’ve been waxed… and lets be honest, if you can’t see it you probably can’t wax or shave it yourself! I can get to those hard to reach places that you can’t see over your bump.

What sort of wax can I have? Any style of wax you like. choose whatever feels most comfortable for you.  Some women just like a basic tidy up, others choose “all off” and there are several other styles in between!

So get your appointment booked in and tick one more thing off your to-do list before baby arrives 🙂

Male Grooming… You’re all doing it, you just don’t talk about it!

Male grooming, manscaping, Brozilian waxing… whatever you want to call it, it’s a fast growing industry and it has been for a while now.  Men of all ages and from all walks of life are getting in on the act.  Loads of you are doing it… you’re just not admitting it to your mates!

I’ve asked a lot of my male clients over the past few months why they get waxed, and here’s what they said:

  • I feel cleaner and more hygienic
  • It stops the hair rubbing and irritating me when I’m cycling
  • I just like the look of having no hair
  • My tattoos look better when they’re not covered with hair
  • Have you ever tried rubbing suntan lotion on a hairy back? It’s so much easier on holiday without hair
  • I got sick of shaving and how itchy it gets when it’s growing back
  • I first did it as a bet, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought so I’ve carried on. I haven’t told my mates that though!
  • My girlfriend prefers it and I like her to keep herself tidy so it’s only fair that I do the same
  • I reckon it makes me more aerodynamic (from a triathlete)

And my personal favourite…

  • I’m having a vasectomy next week, thought I’d better sort myself out so they can actually see whey they’re doing!

Apart from intimate waxing, my most popular all year round male treatment is men’s facial waxing.  Beards are ‘in’ but hair sprouting out of your nose and ears most definitely is not!  Those little trimmers you can buy are ok for a quick tidy up but waxing has a much longer lasting effect as the hair is removed from the root.  And plucking hair out of your nose with tweezers is far too eye watering (yes, I’ve tried that myself).  But waxing all the hair out of your nose in one go is surprisingly painless, trust me!

And lastly, don’t forget your hands!! Waxing of the hands is available here, very popular for guys who are getting married, especially if you’ll be having a close up picture of the wedding rings… for the best male groom(ed) look! 😉

 

The sun is out… Book me in!

So the sun’s out and booking a last minute waxing appointment seems a great idea.  BUT, if you’ve recently (as in, during the last 3 weeks) shaved your legs, bikini, underarms, or whichever body part you want to wax, then you’re wasting your time and money.  For best waxing results the hair needs to be 3-4 weeks growth, or length of a grain of rice, or at least 5mm.  While I’m not going to get a ruler out to check, there really is no point coming to your appointment and trying to tell me that you haven’t shaved for 4 weeks when you clearly did at the weekend – I can tell! 😛 The longer you can leave your hair to grow before your wax, the better.

Waxing for a holiday, wedding, or special occasion?  I really recommend that you have a couple of appointments before the big day or that important date.  Reactions are very rare but better safe than sorry.  It’ll also give you an idea of how long you’ll get before some hair starts coming back through – it’s worth remembering that it takes 2-3 waxes to get most of the hair into the same growth cycle for good long lasting smooth skin.