Summer is here so many of us are trying to get our bodies soft, smooth and hair-free. The problem is that no hair removal method is without its downsides - shaving doesn't last long enough, and waxing is painful. In our search for a pain-free hair removal solution, we spoke to Lydia Jordane, the founder of Lycon Wax, who shared her top tips.
Why is waxing usually so painful?
There can be several reasons for a painful waxing experience such as a therapist who has not been properly trained, using the incorrect type of wax on an area or not prepping the skin. The way the wax is applied is a key factor in how much pain a person will experience. Also it is very important to remove the wax correctly and for the therapist to apply pressure on the area once the wax is removed, which will help minimise the pain a client might feel.
What are your big waxing no-nos?
Some salons use strip wax in sensitive areas, which is a big no-no with the Lycon Waxing System. The Lycon Waxing System recommends to only use hot wax for the sensitive areas. In fact, we have also recently introduced the Lycon Pinkini range. It is a more pliable wax that is easier to work with as it does not break and is super gentle on the skin. It contains tasman berry extract, which has special soothing and calming properties that makes waxing with Pinkini even more gentle.
Also never wax over acne, psoriasis, varicose veins, sunburns, or hairy moles (just cut the hairs off).
Why is waxing better than other forms of hair removal?
Waxing is cheap and it is actually a very pleasant experience with Lycon Wax. It stunts the hair growth. It is quick and you can instantly be hairless.
Are you very anti-shaving?
Yes I am very anti-shaving. I always find even after just one shave, clients have much stronger hair growth, which makes waxing more painful.
What’s your advice for people who have never tried waxing before?
Go to a qualified and experienced waxing therapist. Find out if they are using a quality wax. Make sure you ask for hot wax for sensitive areas, such as the face, eyebrows and underarms. Also find out what they use before and after waxing. They should use specific pre and post waxing lotions.
What causes ingrown hairs?
Various things can cause ingrown hairs. Once a hair is removed from the follicle, the hair grows back and by the time the hair grows to the skin surface, the follicle can be blocked by dead skin cells. As the hair grows back with a point, it is a weaker hair, so it may not be able to push through the skin surface. In this case the hair might grow back downwards within the follicle and become an ingrown hair. If this happens, the hair is then a foreign body in the follicle, simply because it did not grow out through the skin and it can get infected.
How can we prevent them?
To prevent ingrown hairs, it is important to exfoliate so that the hair can grow through the skin. It is also recommended that the client uses a product that will help minimise the look and feel of ingrown hairs, such as Lycon Ingrown-X-it, which contains salicylic acid and lactic acid. It helps to disinfect the skin, minimise bacterial infection in the follicles and exfoliate the skin, so the hairs can grow through more easily. In addition, Ingrown-X-it contains allantoin and arnica, which helps heal blemishes that develop due to ingrown hairs and allantoin also helps improve cell renewal, so that there will be less scarring.
Why does the waxing area sometimes get irritated post-wax?
There can be some irritation post waxing, but if the right products are used, you can avoid it. Some people have a reaction such as red spots, which happens because the hairs have been pulled out and the follicles get bruised. The spots usually settle down within an hour or so. Some clients will get a little red or pink, which is the result of stimulating blood circulation. It is a normal reaction to waxing.
If a client becomes very red and the skin is bruised or peeled off, it is the result of an inexperienced therapist. In this case, it is recommended to apply a cold compress on the skin and to avoid sun exposure until those effects completely subside.