How to Banish Ingrown Hairs After Waxing

There are a number of beautifying things you might want to do for yourself with a do-it-yourself approach. When it comes to DIY beauty, some processes are trickier than others. A DIY manicure? Sure. Cutting your own hair? Maybe not, unless you're just trimming your fringe. DIY waxing? It's possible, but there are some key benefits to going to a salon for this. Waxing some parts of your body requires you to become a contortionist, with your hand awkwardly angled over the area to be waxed. When the wax is ripped off at an awkward angle as well (which is often unavoidable), the process can be more painful than it otherwise would be. Whether you wax yourself or have someone else take care of it, there is a potentially uncomfortable after-effect you might have to deal with. Not only are ingrown hairs unsightly, but they can feel unpleasantly tender. How can you avoid ingrown hairs after waxing?

An Incorrect Angle

While waxing yanks the individual hairs out in their entirety, the hair follicle is left intact and immediately begins the process of growing a new replacement hair. When fledgling hair fails to emerge from the skin at the correct angle, it can essentially become trapped and cause mild inflammation. This issue can present itself as a red patch of skin (which can sometimes be itchy) or even as something that resembles a pimple. As tempting as it can be, try not to pop that pimple. Though the risk is minor, you could cause further irritation and even infection. The best course of action is preventing those hairs from becoming ingrown in the first place.

Dress for the Occasion

You might not think that you need to wear anything special for your waxing appointment, and while it's not like you need to get dressed up, you need to carefully select what you'll wear. Opt for something that is loose-fitting in a fabric that allows your skin to breathe. You'll do this to avoid irritating your newly waxed skin, and minimising the trauma to your skin gives hairs their best chance of emerging at the correct angle.

The Exfoliating Effect

Exfoliating your skin removes dead cells from the upper layer of your epidermis, essentially leaving the path clear for hairs to emerge at the correct angle. An obstructed path can encourage the hair to curve inwards and fail to emerge at all. Using an exfoliating glove is perhaps the best way to go in the days immediately after waxing when the skin is at its most sensitive. The glove allows you to carefully control the intensity of the exfoliation process. You can then continue with the glove or use an exfoliating cream, but it's important that it becomes habitual. There are certain cleansers that use glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells as opposed to the micro-granules in an exfoliating cream, but the astringent nature of such a cleanser can aggravate your skin, particularly in sensitive areas.

Red patches and pimples can almost cancel out the beautifying effects of waxing, so make sure you do everything you can to prevent ingrown hairs. Talk to a waxing professional to learn more.