To understand how to get rid of Ingrown Hairs, you first need to understand what causes them, so that you can advise certain preventative measures to your clients. In some respects, their name is fairly self explanatory - it is a hair that curls back on itself and starts growing back into the follicle, or that fails to grow out of the follicle and stays embedded in the skin.
They are unfortunately a very common contra-action after shaving, tweezing and waxing. Although they are nothing to be seriously concerned about, having an ingrown hair (or a few of them) can cause a lot of discomfort and irritation to your clients.
1. Dry Skin
Clients with dry skin are probably no stranger to Ingrown Hairs. Essentially a layer of dry skin forms a barrier that traps the hair and either redirects it back into the follicle or simply prevents it from breaking free. As a therapist, it is your job to identify their skin type during their treatment, apply the most effective aftercare product for them, and to advise on what products they can use to address this at home.
For dry skin, we would suggest using a highly nourishing aftercare product (like the Soothing Cream for dry skin only, or Tea Tree Soothe for congested/combination skin). It is important that your clients continue to exfoliate and moisturise regularly at home in between treatments to minimise the occurence of ingrowns.
2. Congested Follicles
After you have completed your waxing treatment, you should provide your clients with appropriate aftercare advice that should help minimise the occurrence of Ingrown Hairs. This usually includes: avoiding exercise, tight clothing, hot showers/baths or touching the area for at least 24 hours. While it would be fantastic if everyone followed this advice to the letter, many people will bend the rules in some way or another. When you remove a hair from it's follicle, that follicle will remain 'open' for a period of time. If sweat, moisture or any bacteria find their way into your open follicles, this can lead to ingrown hairs and infection. This is why it is so important to cleanse the skin thoroughly with Lycotane after you have removed all of your patches; this will make sure you are removing any residual oil and help to close the follicles.
To finish off your LYCON treatment, you should apply our Ingrown X-it Solution to the freshly-waxed areas. This genius product contains fantastic chemically exfoliating ingredients such as Salicylic Acid & Lactic Acid to keep your client's follicles free from infection. For best results, we recommend that your clients continue to use the Ingrown x-it everyday at home when they get out of the shower!
3. Weakened Hair Shafts
Unlike shaving or depilatory creams, one of the best things about waxing is that the longer you do it, the sparser and lighter your hair will appear. This is because each time we remove the hair follicle from the root, we cause a little bit of damage to the hair bulb. Over time, the new hair that is produced me become weaker and weaker until the bulb eventually stops producing hair. That said, occasionally, these weakened hairs are unable to break through the top layer of skin which can cause ingrowns.
While your clients may not have dry skin, you should still be recommending that they exfoliate at least twice a week with a good physical exfoliant to ensure that you are helping along the natural process of Desquamation (shedding of dead skin cells that lie on the surface) and helping these weaker hairs pop through. We have some amazing physical exfoliants such as: the Japanese Buffing Cloth, X-it Exfoliating Mitt, Lycon Body Exfoliant with Bamboo Extracts and the Lycon Spa Sugar Scrub.