Posts Tagged ‘ingrown hair treatment’
Tuesday May 30th, 2006
Waxing is the longest-lasting temporary hair removal technique available. What should you expect when waxing for the first time? First, a special preconditioning lotion application for waxing. Then hot wax is applied in a think layer to the skin. Strips of cotton or muslin are then pressed onto the wax and then quickly pulled off. Your skin should be pulled taut in the opposite direction from the way the strip will be removed. It is easiest if you get waxing done at a spa, where a licensed esthetician is qualified and trained on the procedure. The hair grows back in about 3 to 6 weeks.
The first waxing is always the most difficult. Consistent waxing of a body area will reduce the amount of hair that grows in that spot and will make remaining hairs easier to remove. Subsequent waxings will get progressively easier and less painful. Why would you do this to yourself? Well, to be honest, the pain isn’t all that bad, and the results are undeniable. You’ll have a smooth, bump-free bikini area that looks fabulous in a bathing suit or au natural. Plus, you and your partner will probably find it incredibly erotic!
The good news is you can actually control the pain. Try these favourite tips from the Spa Boutique girls:
- Make sure the hair to be waxed is at least a quarter of an inch long so the wax can grip it. But make sure it’s not too long – waxing long hair is more uncomfortable and can lead to breakage instead of complete removal.
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine and sugar for at least two hours prior to treatment as these will increase your sensitivity
- A bikini wax is not something you should undertake at home; it’s definitely a salon procedure. You’ll never be able to reach all the spots and crevices a professional can, and it’ll be more painful for you.
- If you have time prior to your appointment, please have a WARM shower to open the pores up a little. Don’t have a very hot bath or shower before or after the treatment, as too much heat on sensitive areas can lead to soreness.
- Don’t wax when you have your period as it can be uncomfortable due to the extra blood flow close to the skin surface. Try booking in on the first 10 days of your menstrual cycle when your pain threshold is slightly higher.
- Some people find a pre-wax glass of wine or a cocktail helps them to relax and dulls the pain.
- Consider taking aspirin, Tylenol, Advil or an over-the-counter anesthetic like PFB Numb It.
- Do not use self tanning lotions or moisturising creams on the day of your appointment as these form an oily barrier which inhibits the grip of the wax, and more tries with the wax strips will be required.
- When you’re in the room with your esthetician communicate any fears or anxieties. Talking through the procedure often helps. Ask for a fan if it’s stuffy or hot. Ask for more heat if it’s chilly.
- In addition, there are lots of things you can do to take your mind away from any pain or discomfort your body might be experiencing. The best antidote to the pain of waxing is to try to relax. When you’re tense, the follicle closes and the wax won’t reach the root of the hair.
o Hold a towel or stuffed animal to squeeze
o Suck on mints or hard candy or chew gum
o Use breathing and visualization strategies to disassociate yourself from the procedure and any discomfort
o Bring a friend for support and distracting chit chat
- Use a soothing lotion like Guinot After Hair Removal Body Gel. This is ideal for cooling the skin after waxing and with regular use will actually slow the re-growth of the hair!
- Use an product like Whish Body Products Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum to prevent and treat ingrown hairs and bumps resulting from hair removal.
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