The Waxologist Guide to: Ingrown Hair

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
  • tenderness
  • 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.

Our fave is ALOE CLEAR

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!!!!!

This includes…

  • 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.

Got a question? Have a look at our frequently asked questions page or drop us an email hello@thewaxologist.co.uk

We will see you at your next wax 😉

The Waxologist Team

Piles – Can I have a Wax if I have Piles?

Piles! Some Mothers And Others Do Have Em!

somemothersBeing 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:Piles-679699

  • 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.

 

rectalHow 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 migvin pilesht 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.

For more info see the NHS pages here:

https://beta.nhs.uk/conditions/piles

Happy Waxing Folks!

Can I wax when Pregnant?

Is it safe?

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.
pregnant-woman
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:

Piles – Can I have a Wax if I have Piles?

Extra time

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.

A Guide to Bikini Waxing! Hollywood, Brazilian, G string and more…….

Not the wax you’ve been looking for?

So you’ve ‘Plucked’ up the courage; you read about it in glossy mag; you’ve chatted with your girlfriends; and your partner is eagerly awaiting your new look. But you leave the salon with the hair you wanted off still in your pants. Fuming.  I strongly feel that if a therapist has an issue with nudity they should not be advertising and taking bookings for Intimate waxing such as a Hollywood. It’s a knickers off job. End of. In fact I’d prefer it if everyone just got their knickers off then they aren’t in the way and I can get a nice line on a basic bikini. But I accept not everyone is as blase about nudity and if you want to preserve your modesty you’re fully entitled to.  However if it’s your therapist that is modest, here is a handy guide to bikini waxing giving you the details of what’s included in each.

The Hollywood

Hoorah for Hollywood!

Hoorah for Hollywood!

When you have a Hollywood Wax ALL pubic hair should be removed from front to back, inside out.  So that’s your butt crack, I do this with my client on all fours. It’s quick, requires no assistance from the client and gives easy access to the area to be waxed. It’s not embarrassing (OK maybe the first time) and over with quickly. I also include the butt cheeks in a Hollywood or any wax where we wax the butt crack. Whether the entire butt is covered in hair or it’s patchy, it’s coming off and I’m not mentioning it or charging extra. After all who wants to be told they have a hairy arse! This won’t be included in all Hollywood’s so read the menu of your therapist.

The hair from the front is also removed and most importantly from underneath. There are plenty of Salons out there that will just take the hair outta your pubic mound and kick you out the door with your ‘Hollywood’. Almost like being booted off the plane over the Atlantic!  How disappointing. The hair should be removed from the inner and outer labia. Inner labia don’t grow hair it just grows inwards from the outer labia. It’s this hair that women tell me has been left by their therapists in the past.

A Brazilian

You've now landed in Brazil!

You’ve now landed in Brazil!

It’s exactly the same as a Hollywood only with a landing strip. A neat little stripe is fashioned on your pubic mound once ALL hair has been removed from underneath to back and the labia.

La Femme Wax

Porn Star in the back, Hippy in the front! La Femme Wax

Porn Star in the back, Hippy in the front! La Femme Wax

La Femme Wax, We’re fickle beings aren’t we? The minute Cameron Diaz wages war on wax we all want our bush back! But we’re also addicted to the benefits of waxing, the smoothness , the freshness, the extra sensitivity! The answer is the La Femme wax. One newspaper described Hippy in the front, Pornstar in the back – I like this! All hair is removed from the butt crack, cheeks, inner and outer labia. While on the front a gentle tidy up of the sides leaving you with all the fresh feeling of a wax and the feminine bush that Ms Diaz favours.

G-string

The hair should be removed from the butt crack, and a good tidy up on the front. Think Thong Song!

Basic Bikini

Ya can keep ya knickers on with this!

Ya can keep ya knickers on with this!

Crease of leg. That’s it. Demure and ladylike.

Narrow Bikini

It’s just another inch on the basic bikini, the crease of leg and a tad more, no bums in the air, no nudity-perfect for a day beside the seaside in a nice M&S one piece!

In the know

If you’re a bit awkward about these things ask in advance what is included in your waxing treatment. The last thing you want is to be on the bed with your arse in the air thinking ‘What in God’s name is happening’? Or on the other end of the spectrum asking the therapist to wax your butt and having her flatly refuse.  This happened to one of my lovely clients before coming to me.
Happy waxing Girls!

Historical Hoohaa’s! The history of pubic hair removal

  • A whole lot of history repeating itself!

    The history of pubic hair removal is an interesting one for us as it’s the focal point of our business at The Waxologist. If  you thought the trend for hairless Vagina’s started around 2000 you’re way off the mark. Around Christmas time someone mentioned seeing a comedy ‘Merkin’ gift. ‘Ay?’ ‘A what?’ I exclaimed, I was discombobulated and immediately got onto Google. I ended up sat agog reading not only about pubic wigs but also about Ancient Egyptian bush removal; the depiction of pubes in art; the cultural and religious reasons for pubic hair removal and a whole load of other weirdly interesting information. Now I don’t want to be here all day as I’ve got a whole load of ironing to get through but I wanted to share a little run down of what they did back then down there.

    Walk like an Egyptian

    Beginning with ancient Egyptians seems sensible as that was ages ago! Ancient Egyptians thought pubic hair uncivilized. Not only did ancient Egyptian women remove pubic hair but ALL their hair, from head to toe! They may have used various methods such as pumice stones, tweezers fashioned from seashells (can you imagine the time that would take??) or the technique of sugaring which is still used today.

    Status Symbols

    For Greeks a hairless crotch was a status symbol for the upper classes. The Romans had such contempt for pubes young girls would be plucked with ancient tweezers called volsella from the moment they began puberty. An early version of ‘Veet’ or ‘Immac’ was made from bat’s blood, powdered viper and goats gall and called philotrum ordropax. It sounds like something cooked up in a witches cauldron to me.
    Volsella ancient tweezers

    Volsella ‘tweezers’ £1.99 from B&M Bargains.

    Merkins are in!

    Catherine de Medici, the Italian Queen of France during the 1500’s is said to have forbade her ladies in waiting from removing their pubic hair. Never mind a uniform check or a root through your bag for any stolen silver, just imagine starting your shift with a Bush inspection! Around this time women were removing the hair down there to combat crabs and here is where the Merkin comes in. Prostitutes would shave off their pubic hair then pop on a merkin to disguise sexually transmitted diseases. More recently a merkin came in handy for Kate Winslet in ‘The Reader’ after years of waxing she was unable to produce enough Bush for the period the film was set in.

    Catherine de Medici, Queen of France

    Catherine de Medici, Queen of Bush and France.

    Its all for the art, darling

    European artists have also favoured the smooth look, female pubic hair was considered immodest.  When painting a famous prostitute, with her confrontational staring eyes fixed on the viewer, the artist Manet paints the hand of Olympia laid discreetly across her crotch. On one hand the boundaries are pushed, on the other he plays it safe. Michelangelo depicts both women and men as hairless. The males on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel have no pubic hair. However his masterpiece David looks like he’s had a ‘Boyzilian’ Wax to me. Then Francisco de Goya shook things up when he painted two versions of one woman. One clothed, one completely naked with pubic hair on show. The painting La Maja Desnuda was taken by the Spanish inquisition after being deemed obscene.
    Manet's Olympia covering her modesty

    Manet’s Olympia takes a well earned break between punters.

    Tokens of affection

    Pubes took on a strangely titillating form during the 19th century. Upper class men would collect a souvenir or token of affection from lovers in the form of a cutting of pubic hair. They would then proudly display in their hats. Nowadays the details are posted on Facebook or shared through film taken on mobile’s.
    King George IV kept a snuff box of his lovers pubes

    King George IV the dirty little oink who kept a snuff box of his lovers pubes.

    Thoroughly Modern Minnie

    Bringing us to the last fifty years with the invention of the Bikini came the Bikini line. Over time the Line got more and more narrow. In the 1970’s the porn mags Playboy and Penthouse bared bush. As we moved through the eighties the Lawns of playmates got tidier, shorter and neater, until they did not exist. This style is known as ‘The Hollywood’.  It has dominated the Wax menu along with its more demure sister ‘The Brazilian’ for the last fifteen years.

    In the last couple of years plenty of articles have called for women to stop removing and start growing. It’s a very personal choice and ultimately down to the individual. It’s interesting to find that it’s all been done before but we’re still on the topic and will be forever more. Now where’s that bloody iron?
    La Maja Desnuda by Goya

    Goya’s La Maja Desnuda 

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