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.
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.
Getting a last minute waxing appointment might seem like a great idea? If you shaved last week though, 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 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, 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 we recommend you exfoliate right before the wax treatment. This will get rid of dead skin cells and will help free up any ingrown hair giving you a better result. We love Exfoliating mits, Ruff stuff body scrub and Japanese wash cloths. We stock a full range of products to help you care for your waxed skin.
Don’t come to your appointment glugging down a can of Coke or high on coffee, caffeine can heighten sensitivity making your wax treatment more painful.
Find a Parking spot
If its your first appointment at The Waxologist come in good time, you don’t want to be panicked, hot and sweaty. Pop on your sat nav, find a parking spot and arrive ten minute before your appointment time. This will allow you have a flick through a magazine and chat with your therapist beforehand. We book out a specific amount of time for each treatment and try not to keep clients waiting.
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
Exfoliate comes from the Latin word exfoliare meaning ‘to strip off leaves’. Skin exfoliation is the process of removing dead,
dry skin cells on the outer layer of skin, leaving you smoother and fresher looking. It’s an important part of a basic skincare routine, and in my opinion the most important Waxing aftercare regime. When I wax new clients I always explain the importance of exfoliating as part of your post wax care.
You can do it two ways; mechanical exfoliation, which is in basic terms scrubbing off dead skin with an abrasive texture. There are many different products;
A bit of Rough, need I say more?
‘A bit of Rough’ This is a long Japanese wash cloth that has an abrasive texture (It’s my personal favourite as it stretches out long so you reach across your entire back and the texture is perfect)
Or ‘Exfoliation Gloves’ these are gloves with a rough surface that you put on your hands and soap up.
90’s packaging and everything!
Alternatively, try a traditional loofah, dry body brushing or a cosmetic cream scrub like my nineties favourite ‘St Ives’ (one sniff and I’m transported back to 1991 when I was shaving my eyebrows off whilst listening to Shanice). You could even exfoliate with a bottle of vino! Yes, your glass of Pinot contains tartaric acid which is a chemical exfoliant, but I’ll stick to
quafﬁng mine thanks!
The other option is a chemical exfoliation product, which may contain fruit enzymes which are found naturally in pineapple, kiwi or papaya. Also, you could use AHA’s (alpha hydroxyl acids) or BHA’s (betahydroxy acids) – sounds scarier than it is honestly. These work by loosening the dead skin that is attached to the surface, they are great if you have oily pores and a build up on your skin; or if you regularly suffer ingrown hairs.
Look at these with your eyes
The big how often…
You should exfoliate gently two to three times a week (if your skin is normal), this will encourage new skin cells and stimulate collagen. In the case of hair growth it will minimise ingrown hairs by keeping pores clear and skin soft enough for new hair to grow through. if you have sensitive or older, thinner skin don’t exfoliate more than once a week.
Warmer weather increases sweat and the skin produces more oil (As Mama June describes it you may feel ‘Smexy’) so you might want to exfoliate more frequently. Use abrasive cloths or gloves by moving gently across the skin in circular motions.
You should avoid hard rubbing of your skin. Any chemical exfoliant will have instructions and these should be followed, don’t be freaked out by the tingling sensation caused by BHA’s or AHA’s it will stop after 15 minutes or so.
After exfoliation you should moisturise and as your skin may be more sensitive a hypoallergenic formula will be the best option. You might also want to use a higher factor sun protection.
In the case of waxed skin don’t exfoliate for, at the very least, forty-eight hours after a wax.
If keeping this ‘exfoliation routine’ is beyond you, exfoliate before a wax. This will free up ingrown hairs therefore you get a better result. Exfoliating is the no.1 weapon in the war against ingrown hairs and I really favour the gloves or cloths that I have mentioned over tub type scrubs. I have a few chemical exfoliants in stock as well as the ‘Bit of Rough’ wash cloths and
‘Scrub Gloves’ – you can buy these easily at your wax appointment.
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