|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:35 AM|
One thing that I'm commonly asked while performing waxing services is "What should I do for after care?" There are quite a few tips and tricks that I mention: exfoliating, waiting to exercise, waiting to shower, etc. There are lots of things that you can do to try to prevent ingrown hairs, but sometimes it's inecitable, no matter on what one does.Today, I want to focus on what to do after you leave my wax studio for underarms.
I had a client in my waxing room who had never waxed her underarms before. She came into my waxing studio with long, coarse underarm hair. If I had to exstimate, I'd say that it was at least three weeks worth of growth (which by the way is PERFECT for a first time wax). I asked her what she'd been doing for hair removal. I've heard it all from shaving, tweezing, chemical depilitories, and even those expensive gadgets that you see on infomercials at 2 a.m. When my client told me that she'd been shaving, I wasn't surprised.
After I waxed her, she asked me what I think she should do after waxing, especially since she felt a bit sore. (It's normal!)
1. Exfoliate your underarms at least 3-4 times per week. I'd wait at least 24 hours after the waxing service to start this. because doing so too soon could cause irritation. Exfoliation helps keep the hair follicles open, preventing ingrown hairs and those annoying little red bumps from forming. I suggest using a natural loofa sponge and 1 tbs olive oil and 1/2 tbs sea salt.
2. Wear loose clothing. The best thing to wear after getting your underarms waxed is a tank top or cotton t-shirt. Wearing clothing that is too tight could rub against the area and cause irritation.
3. Avoid applying deodorants, anti-perspirants, perfumes or talcum powder on the waxed area. Sometimes these things irritate the skin and can also clog the open hair follicles. Clogged hair follicles can form as red bumps or blackheads.
4. Apply an aloe gel or hydrocortizone creme to the area. I always put on a post-waxing serum on my clients after I wax them. If the area still feels uncomfortable after the service (which is very rare), I suggest applying a cooling aloe gel or 1% hydrozortizone creme. This will soothe the area.
5. Don't exercise. Sometimes I have clients that see me after work, and are planning to go to the gym after their service. This is something that I do not suggest doing right away. I usually suggest waiting at least two hours after waxing service to exercise, because sweating and rubbing of the skin will cause irritation to the skin.
I hope these tips help you prepare for caring for your next waxing experience!
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