Ingrown hair is a common complaint that most of the women have whether they do waxing at home or in the salon. They are typically the result of hair that grows improperly when they are forced back into the skin. This result in red bump that is painful and can become infected. By waxing infrequently and by following the right techniques you can protect your skin from these negative effects and get smoother skin and more effective results.
How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs?
To prevent ingrown hairs after waxing, one thing you have to remember is to wax your body hair infrequently, and less than every three weeks. When you wax your body hair often, you may have very short hairs. When you apply wax on these hairs, it fails to adhere well and strip off these hairs. As a result, the hairs are ripped and broken. These hairs may grow improperly and cause ingrown hairs. So, before you wax, make sure that your hair is at least a quarter of an inch long. This will allow the wax to grab the hairs and remove them.
Exfoliate before waxing:
Before you wax, it is important that you exfoliate your skin. This helps in getting rid of the dead skin. This way it releases the hairs trapped in the dead skin and brings them to the surface. So, while waxing, you can remove these hairs. All you have to do is to use a loofah and lather up the soap your have applied when you have the shower. You can also make your own body scrub using natural ingredients and use this scrub to remove dead skin. You need a cup of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of milk to make the body scrub. Mix them well and then scrub your skin with this mixture in a circular motion. Scrub for 30 seconds and then you can wash it off with water. Pat dry your skin before you apply wax.
- After waxing it is also important that you exfoliate your skin. 24 hours after your professional bikini or Brazilian waxing, apply an exfoliating scrub on your body and take a shower. It is important that you wait for 24 hours before you exfoliate your waxed skin, as your skin is very sensitive during this time.
- You can also rub your skin vigorously with a towel or exfoliating sponge every time you take your bath or shower. Along with scrubbing your face and torso, it is also important that you keep in mind that your genital area is also very sensitive. It is the pubic hair that tends to curl more than the facial hair. So, ingrown hairs are more frequent in these areas. A daily exfoliating regime can help in removing the dead skin cells as they grow.
Using wax strips:
Remember to pull the wax strips cleanly, without going over the same spots repeatedly. This is because it can be very irritating for the skin. Moreover, it can also cause hairs to be forced back in to the skin or break off at an odd ankle. This in turn results in ingrown hairs. If an Aesthetician is doing the waxing for you, you can request that each area is gone over once only.
Use Ingrown hair serum:
Ingrown hair serums are now available in the market. These serums help in preventing ingrown hairs from growing in future as a result of waxing or shaving. This serum is also good for lightening the dark spots and to get rid of the blemishes that are left behind from old ingrown hairs.
Apply after waxing lotion:
Finally, remember to apply a good quality moisturizer lotion on your skin to prevent your skin from getting dry and itchy. Remember not to apply too much moisturizer over the genital area, as this area is already moist. You can buy a natural product that will not harm your skin. Such moisturizers can lock moisture more than an ordinary lotion.
Exfoliate daily if required:
If you have ingrown hairs on a certain area, make sure that you exfoliate that area daily. This way you will be able to scrub away the dead skin cells that have built up on that area and prevent the pores from getting blocked.
You can apply Tea tree oil after waxing:
A good home remedy for the reduction of ingrown hair is to use tea tree oil. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is good for healing the skin and to prevent further ingrowths. Take a few drops of this oil and apply it on the ingrown hairs after you cleanse the area with soap. Now you can exfoliate the skin.
Wear loose clothing:
Remember to wear loose fitting cotton clothes after you wax your body. If you wear tight fitting and synthetic clothes, it can chafe the skin and lead to the growth of ingrown hairs. Always choose clothes made of breathable and natural fabrics, like cotton or linen. Wear them at least for a day after you wax.
Shaving or Waxing Whats Right for you?
If you constantly suffer from ingrown hairs after waxing, then it is better that you opt for shaving instead of waxing. Waxing can pull hairs out at an angle, which makes hairs grow into the side of the hair follicle instead of out of the skin. The ingrown hairs that appear after waxing depend on your individual hair growth pattern. So, if ingrown hairs occur after waxing and create a problem for you, you can avoid waxing and look for some other methods of hair removal.
By following the tips given above, your ingrown hairs will diminish and decrease in number with time. By waxing on a regular basis, the hair on your skin will also diminish and as a result you will experience less pain when you wax.