Am hoping someone can prove my theory (or set me straight - either is fine )
Twice in the 6 or so years I have been having bikini waxes I have had bad episodes of ingrown hairs. Both times, it seemed to me that the beautician was in a hurry. The first time, she was a bit pissy with me for being 2 mins late (fair enough, but I don't think it warranted such retribution!).
The second time was a place I had not been to before and the woman could not have seemed more disinterested and in a rush to get me out the door if she had tried. This second beautician also waxed the largest sections I have ever experienced, iyswim. At the time, I thought, well great it'll be over sooner but now (as I try valiantly to get rid of the last 2 stubborn ingrowns) I'm thinking this may have had something to do with it.
Thoughts? (Oh and suggestions for how to get rid. I always exfoliate for a few days after a wax, and use aloe vera gel too) TIA
You get ingrowing hairs after waxing because the tip of the new hair is thiner than a hair that has simply had it's end cut off (shaving) also shaving using a blade is a great exfoliator, so again less likely to ingrow. It's nothing to do with the therapists, just a coincidence. You need to exfoliate regularly as the hairs begin to grow back, to help them break through the skin. I also used to use a liquid called Tend skin, which might help you.
I agree with Karbea, although when your waxing you have to pull the strip or the wax (if it's hot wax) the opposite way close to the skin, if you pull it up and out the hairs can break off under the skin instead of sticking the the wax causing ingrown hairs. (not sure i've explained well either)! Moral of the story is to go to a beauty therapist whose been recommended and exfoliate a lot.