Preventing Ingrown Hairs
An ingrown hair after waxing happens when the hair never breaks the skin’s surface as it grows or does come out of skin first and then grows back into the skin. Most commonly it occurs in areas where the hair is thin or especially where it’s both thin and curly, like in the bikini line. However, it can happen in any place where the hair is waxed.
Prepping to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
- Exfoliate – 24/48hrs before waxing, it’s good to get rid of dead skin cells. It helps remove dirt and oil which otherwise could cause the hair follicle to become irritated after waxing and to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Cleanse – Use a pre-wax cleanser on the skin with anti-microbial properties to remove dirt, oil, lotions and make-up, which prepares skin for waxing.
Post Care after Waxing
- Exfoliate – When the hair starts to grow back, exfoliate 2/3 times a week; this will help to smooth the top layer of the skin, which will enable the hair to break through! Gently exfoliate the area that has been waxed between 3 -5 days after (if the area isn’t red or irritated). After 5 days, carry out a deep exfoliation. Continue to exfoliate about 2 times a week.
- Stay away from tight clothes – Stay clear of constricting clothing where you had the waxing for the next few days to avoid rubbing, irritation and to allow the skin to ‘breathe’.
- Don’t touch – Don’t touch or try to pick the ingrown – bacteria may cause an infection.
- No Swimming (pool or Beach).