Here at The Waxologist one thing can be said about us and that is that NOTHING phases us! Haemorrhoids; Periods; ingrown hair…… the lot!
But we can surely say that we LOVE ingrown hairs…. Well, we don’t love you getting them but we sure do love removing them. And of course, helping to prevent them.
Ingrown hairs usually occur in areas where we would shave or wax i.e.. Armpits, beard, neck, legs, chest, pubic region… but they can appear anywhere.
Check out this video from YouTube of an ingrown hair being removed from a guy’s back:
Why do we get ingrown hair?
Ingrown hairs happen for several reasons:
tight fitting clothing (leggings, tights, overalls, chef whites, cycling shorts)
hair removal (waxing, shaving, depilatories)
dry skin (lack of exfoliating)
naturally curly hair
What symptoms occur with ingrown hairs?
red bumps under the skin which can be very painful
tiny black dots on the skin
possible heat due to infection; if infection gets worse you could start to fell unwell.
How do we treat ingrown hair?
Here’s the fun bit for us!
We have a special tool which looks a bit like tweezers but the ends are like a hook. They are in fact specially made for acne but work in the same way with ingrown hairs. If there is a pore above the hair, the tool easily pushes through the pore with minimal discomfort and simply flicks the hair out of the pore. This takes a few seconds and we can remove most without the client even noticing.
If there is no pore present (this can happen if the hair has been pushed sideways and is growing straight under the skin rather than coiling) we would use a solution on the skin to exfoliate and encourage to hair to surface.
Aloe clear is very effective in combatting horrible ingrown hairs, due to its antibacterial, exfoliating action and with a natural blend of moisturising Aloe Vera, soothing Mentha Piperita, Aloe Clear delivers the clearest, freshest skin possible after hair removal and also lifts pre-existing ingrown hairs to the surface…. We absolutely love it! We all use it and recommend it – you can buy it from us in the salon.
How can we prevent ingrown hair?
The best advice we can give you to prevent ingrown hairs is…. Follow our aftercare!!!!!
exfoliating (prevents dry skin which can prevent the hair from growing through easily and instead coiling round and forming a large bump under the skin).
moisturise (this again helps to soften the skin making it much easier for the hair to push through).
wear loose clothing after hair removal and once regrowth starts.
use Aloe Clear if you are prone to spots and ingrown hairs, as this will keep the skin clear and thoroughly exfoliate the skin.
I hope this blog on ingrown hairs can help you achieve the clear, smooth, hair free skin you desire.
Having your first post partum wax may be top of your ‘Get back to normal’ list six weeks after your baby has been born. Or it might be the last thing on your mind six months on. Whichever it is we want to take care of your concerns and ease you back in to waxing gently. So here’s our guide to having a wax after a baby…
Some clients are pretty nervous when coming in after having a baby and the first words out of their mouth are ‘Is this gonna hurt more?’. Waxing is never completely painless but we’ll always do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible and we’ll work around you. If you’ve left it a long while to begin waxing again and you’re feeling apprehensive you might prefer to begin with a basic bikini wax and work up to your usual wax of say a Brazilian (see this blog for the differences between our waxes).
When is the right time for a wax after a baby?
There is no perfect time, as everyone’s experience of birth is different. However we’d recommend leaving it a minimum of six weeks after having your baby before coming for a wax. When you do come for a wax we’ll need to know if you had a ceasarian section, assisted birth, or any stitches from a tear or episiotomy. We wait six months to wax directly over any scar. So if you’ve had a section or episiotomy we will wax around the area till then.
What does it look like down there?
We understand you may feel concerned about your post baby body. But, we weren’t interested in how your vulva looked before you gave birth and we’re not interested now. We’re here to make you feel good and get that hair out, not to judge you. Besides three out of four of us waxers are mothers, we’ve been there and we don’t want judgement either!
Here at The Waxologist, we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and make your first postpartum wax as easy as possible. When you make your appointment please write any information in the notes area so we may add additional time to the appointment if needed.
The Waxologist Aftercare Advice Guide
Here are a few Tips on Keeping yourself Smooth and minimising adverse reactions to Waxing!
Redness, Bumps and tenderness for up to 48hrs after a wax are normal reactions but if you’re concerned you can always reach us by emailing email@example.com
In the first 48 hours after a wax…
Don’t go on a sunbed or sunbathe, after waxing your skin is more sensitive and likely to burn.
Don’t take a hot bath or shower (just lower the temp slightly and you’ll be fine).
Don’t go work up a sweat in the gym or partake in any hard exercise or sport. After waxing your follicle is open to bacteria so avoid excessive sweating.
Don’t apply fake tan or Make up to waxed areas. Any lotions with scent in could cause a reaction. Waxed skin will also pick up more tan.
Don’t use deodorant, perfume, potions or lotions that have not been advised by The Waxologist.
Avoid the following: Heat, Friction, tight clothes, swimming in chlorinated pools.
Do Wear Loose comfortable clothing
Do Apply an antiseptic cream regularly for 48 hrs or longer
To Maintain Your skin and avoid Ingrown Hair Exfoliate up to three times a week using Mitts or any product reccomended by The Waxologist, Moisturise Daily.
Being full time Waxers we tend to deal with a few embarrassing situations, embarrassing for you the client not us the waxer! Such is our experience with private parts and nude bodies that over time we have become used to Periods, Piles, skin tags and moles and we won’t let them stop us from giving you a fantastic wax!
So lets talk about PILES! AKA Haemorrhoids
Piles are swollen veins around your bottom, they can hang down outside but give you no pain or symptoms, they might stay tucked away but cause you the kind of searing pain that makes sitting on a firm chair impossible.
How does one acquire Piles?
Constipation or diarrhea -If you suffer from regular bouts of constipation and or diarrhea and spend periods of time straining on the toilet
Family History – if your parents suffer from piles you will be more likely to get them
Pregnancy- As your uterus gets bigger it puts pressure on the vein in the colon, which makes it bulge
Giving Birth- caused by the strain of pushing
Heavy Lifting consistently which leads to straining
Long term obesity which puts a strain on your body
By the age of Fifty half of adults will have suffered from piles
How will I know I have piles?
Here are some of the signs you might have piles:
Bleeding after having a poo
An itchy bottom
You might feel lump hanging down from your bottom
A mucus discharge after going to the loo
Any soreness, redness and swelling around your bottom
What to do if you think you have piles? Go to the Doctor of course!
The lovely Doctor will have you lie on your side and have a look at your bottom, an internal examination may also be needed but they do wear gloves and use a bit of lube so its not too painful. If it’s a simple case then the Doctor may prescribe you some creams – we’ll get to those later if you’re still awake.
If your Doctor can’t ascertain exactly what the crack is (sorry I couldn’t help it!) you might need a sigmoidoscopy. This is where your bum really becomes the star of the show as a small fibre-optic camera which fits in a little tube is inserted up your bum getting a good view to diagnose an internal hemorrhoid.
How your Doctor can treat piles
Your Doctor will prescribe a topical cream or and suppository to help, depending on the severity of the problem. A cortisosteriod cream which can only be used for a short length of time if the piles are quite severe. Usually though an over counter remedy such as Anusol, Germaloid or a supermarket own brand of haemorrhoid treatment will do as well as painkillers to relieve your discomfort.
If these aren’t helping, your doctor might recommend Banding. Tight rubber bands are put at the base of the haemorrhoids cutting off blood supply and causing them to drop off. This is done using local anesthetic and you can get back to normal after a couple of days.
The last resort is surgery.
How you can treat piles
Look at your diet, you need to avoid straining on the toilet so eating a high fibre diet with lots of fresh vegatables will help by keeping everything soft and easy to pass. If you need a quick fix a fibre supplement might be an idea. Drink more water, yes its a bore but again it will help keep things soft.
Don’t Cook it! If you need a poo, get to the loo! Staying active and not sitting on hard surfaces could also help. A warm bath can be a relief or try sitting on a warm water bottle.
Lastly we use our common sense where piles are concerned when Waxing, we will usually go around them but if we feel concerned we will advise you see a Doctor.
A question I’m often asked is whether waxing is safe during pregnancy, and I can say yes it absolutely is! We have waxed many pregnant clients right the way through their pregnancy. In fact I’d say we are experts in the challenges of pregnancy waxing.
Expert helping hands
As pregnancy hormones can make hair grow thicker than usual waxing is a much better option than shaving. Besides once you hit the six month mark you’ll not be able to see over your baby bump! We’ve heard of a few DIY disasters so its best to leave it to the experts!
As you have more blood flowing in your nether regions it is often swollen and darker in colour, especially as you progress through the trimesters. This is completely normal however requires an expert waxer using only peelable wax for your comfort.
I’ve asked an obstetrician and midwives about waxing to prepare for birth. Whilst all say how their patients vagina is groomed is the last thing they are interested, having a hair free area it makes stitching easier if you’ve had an episiotomy or cesarean section. Clients have come in for waxes the day before c-section and inductions are scheduled to rule out being shaved.
We’ve seen many a bump go from teeny tiny to blossoming, ready to pop. And don’t forget we’ve seen it all before so have no fear if you suffer from piles, see our blog on this here:
If you book a wax in the last trimester of your pregnancy, please let us know so we can book out a little extra time for you and your bump. We take extra time to make sure you and your bump are comfortable throughout the wax.
Getting a last minute waxing appointment might seem like a great idea but if you shaved your legs last week you’re wasting your money and time. At least 5mm of hair is needed for the Wax to pick it up. This takes most people between three to four weeks to grow so be brave and put down that razor. Shaved hair is courser and the wax treatment is likely to be more painful if you’re a regular shaver so the longer you leave the hair to grow the better. When you shave, your hair will be at different stages of growth so it will take a couple of waxes to get everything growing at the same rate. Once you have this you’ll get smoother results that last longer.
If you’re planning a holiday or a wedding or any other special occasion it’s best to try out waxing in advance to make sure it’s right for you. Whether you can follow the aftercare of exfoliation and moisterising. Make sure you don’t have any extreme reactions (very rare). Most importantly to time it right so your next wax gives you the great results you want for your big event.
Take a Break
If you’re a Gym Bunny, you do a pole dancing class or you love a swim you’ll want to give these activities a break after your wax. Wait at least 48 hours after the first wax treatment as you will want to gauge how your skin reacts after waxing. Why?
Waxing removes hair from the root leaving you with open follicles. If you pop down the gym and get a sweat on too soon after a wax you are likely to get a rash, spots or itchiness and if you’re very lucky all three!
Put that down!
As well as aftercare I recommend you exfoliate right before the wax treatment, this will get rid of dead skin cells which will help free up any ingrown hair giving you a better result. I love Exfoliating mits for this.
Don’t come to your appointment glugging down a can of Coke, caffiene can heighten sensitivity making your wax treatment more painful. If you’re are really sensitive you may want to try Perron Rigot’s Pre cooling gel. This is applied 45mins before and takes out the ‘Ouch’.
Find a Parking spot
If its your first appointment with me come in good time, you don’t want to be panicked and hot and sweaty. Pop on your sat nav, find a parking spot and arrive ten minute before your appointment time. This will allow you to fill out a New client card and have a flick through a magazine. I book out a specific amount of time for each treatment and try not to keep clients waiting so arriving even just five minutes late may cause you to lose your booking. I will charge 50% of the fee for this.
Wear something loose so your skin can stay cool and minimise after wax reactions.
There is plenty of time for a chin wag during your appointment so please ask away, anything and everything. You’ll leave with after care instructions, but do feel free to call or text if you want to ask anything after your appointment