Waxing is a fantastic way to stay hair free, but what happens when your clients experience side effects? Here are some common skin issues that can be brought on by waxing and other hair removal methods – and how to solve them.
The problem: Ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs happen when the hair remains embedded in the skin and doesn’t emerge from the follicle. This can cause inflammation and, if left untreated, pain and itching. In very bad cases, ingrown hairs can lead to infection and scarring.
The solution: The best way to solve the issue is to keep skin clean and free of dead skin cells, grime and sweat. Encourage your clients to use a cleansing, antibacterial wash daily and to use an ingrown product both before and after their wax treatment.
The problem: Red, hot, itchy skin
Some skin reacts post waxing by becoming red and hot. While the issue usually goes down within 24 hours of treatment, the skin issue can be itchy and uncomfortable for clients to deal with.
The solution: Seek out a non-stinging treatment to calm and sooth red, itchy, sensitized skin. Look for calming ingredients such as Aloe Vera and chamomile.
The problem: Folliculitis
Folliculitis is the inflammation of the hair follicles and is usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. It can occur on any part of the body. While it can be brought on by waxing, it can also be caused by shaving or even when hair follicles are damaged from constant rubbing against clothing.
The solution: Good hygiene and proper waxing techniques will help prevent folliculitis. Some clients are prone to the issue so recommend they avoid highly fragrant after-care products and enlist gentle, anti-bacterial washes and lotions. Look for ingredients such as tea tree, which is both natural and works as an antibacterial. If the issue becomes an ongoing issue, IPL is often a better way for these clients to go hair-free.
The problem: Dryness
Waxing is fantastic for exfoliating the skin, but this can lead to dryness if the skin is not well moisturised.
The solution: Using an after waxing lotion with ingredients such as witch hazel at the end of your treatment will soothe and nourish the skin and also ensure you have removed any sticky wax residue. Encouraging your clients to exfoliate and moisturise regularly is key in keeping skin soft and smooth. Also ask them to use a mitt in the shower regularly will help get rid of dead skin cells, which can lead to dryness. If bumps are an issue, recommend a medicated lotion, such as Bump eRaiser which works on ingrown hairs, dryness and even retarding hair growth.