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
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!