Whether you wax, shave, pluck, ingrown hairs can still happen. They’re frustrating, unsightly, and sometimes, painful. With spring here, and summer around the corner, here are some tips to help keep your legs and underarms in great shape and comfortable.
What causes ingrown hairs?
An ingrown hair occurs when a newly shaved, plucked, or waxed hair starts to grow – but back into the skin. This causes inflammation, irritation, and may result in a painful infection if untreated or treated improperly.
1. Don’t dry shave.
Lathering up with a skin-sensitive shaving cream, or at the very least, conditioner will make the hair less likely to be taut and pull back into the skin. The more malleable the hair, the less likely for it to be ingrown.
2. Shave with the grain.
You’ve been hearing this since you started shaving, and it is true. Many people shave against the grain because it gives a closer shave. While this is understandable (going straight against the hair cuts it off at the lowest point), it may mean ingrown hairs and irritation. The look and feel of shaven legs varies little between against or with-the-grain shaves, but its effect on the way the hair grows is significant.
3. Use a new, sharp blade frequently.
Using a sharp blade is essential to cutting the hair instead of tugging at it. This also promotes cleanliness, which keeps the growth clean.
Whether for shaving or waxing, exfoliate your skin frequently enough that it feels more smooth each time you do it, but not so much it becomes red or irritated. Removing layers of dead skin promotes good hair growth, as hairs are able to penetrate the skin more easily.
Laser Hair Removal
Consider Laser Hair Removal as an effective alternative option. Professional Laser Hair Removal is painless and permanent. All skin types can be accommodated by professional treatment. Laser hair removal provides a much better result than shaving or waxing plus, once the treatments are completed, the hair is gone permanently.
Laser hair removal is the best way to stop waxing and shaving and say goodbye to unwanted hair forever.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Is laser hair removal permanent?
• Yes, laser hair removal is permanent.
Is laser hair removal painful?
• No, our laser hair removal is not painful. Our team is highly skilled and knowledgeable about how to conduct the procedure gently and without pain.
What areas can be treated?
• Laser hair removal can be done to face, legs, arms, underarms, back, and sensitive areas: chest, bikini, and nipples.
Does skin tone matter?
• As the laser treatment targets dark pigment, you may have heard that dark skin tones cannot be treated. However, high quality treatment can now accommodate every skin tone. This system is able to treat light-to-dark skin tones, as well as tanned skin.
How long does it take?
• The treatment is done in a minimal amount of time. Depending on skin tone, the treatment takes three to six sessions and should not need to be repeated.
How it works
Professionals use lasers to break down and destroy the dark pigment within hair using a strong light. The repeated sessions break down the follicle that produces the hair, stopping it from growing again. As a result, the dark hairs stop appearing up to seventy percent of the time, and no in-grown hairs grow because the follicle is not able to produce them.
A Good Investment
Shaving can irritate the skin and requires an expensive cycle of purchasing razors, as well as time commitment for up-keep. Waxing lasts longer than shaving, but also involves costly appointments and often comes with rashes or in-grown hairs. Laser hair removal is a rewarding treatment that will leave you with positive and permanent results.
Make sure to go to a medical spa facility to ensure the best treatment from a team of professionals. High quality laser hair removal is a good investment for your time and appearance.
No matter how we change our hair removal technique–wax, shave, or pluck–ingrown hairs always seem to make a magnificent comeback.
A Sign of the Time–Time to Deal with That Ingrown Hair
A short and dark hair, or red and irritated spots around your armpits, legs, or crotch, all suggest that an ingrown hair is forming. Ingrown hairs occur when the hair starts to grow back into the skin, causing inflammation, pain, and annoyance. Here’s how to prevent and how to deal with them when they are already there.
Prevent Ingrown Hairs from Forming
Shave with the grain. It’s what your mother or shaving mentor told you and you ignored. Unfortunately, they were right. While shaving against the grain causes a closer cut, the shortness actually causes ingrown hairs to form. Cutting to close to the skin doesn’t allow for the hair to continue growing in the same direction, causing the hair to grow back into the skin and cause irritation, or even infection as dirt gets caught and oils are trapped under the skin.
Exfoliate when you shower. Exfoliating, by using a loofah (not too rough), helps to remove dead skin cells which can trap oil or dirt in your pores and cause infection with the ingrown hair. Hair has an easier time growing in to smooth skin with no barriers caused by dead skin cells.
New razor. A new blade gives a cleaner cut, has less bacteria on it, and most importantly does not tug at your hair. Tugging causes irritation and affects the direction of hair growth, while cutting keeps the growth cycle clean.
Got hat head? From flat hair to static hair, dry fuzzy hair and split ends…winter can be frustrating.
Just like your skin, you need to make adjustments in how you care for your hair during the colder months.
The bad news
Calgary’s harsh winters are tough on your tender follicles and you need to take extra time to ensure your hair doesn’t get damaged. Alongside that, sun exposure on the ski slopes can be just as harmful as it is on a beach. Wind, snow and cold temperatures can make hair dry and brittle.
And then there’s indoor heating. Don’t get us started. It’s like spending an entire afternoon with your head stuck under an old fashioned salon hair dryer.
The good news
You can protect your hair by spending a little extra time, and perhaps a few extra dollars on a moisturizing conditioner—one that is thick and rich, and has these key ingredients: essential fatty acids and humectants. As well as moisturizing your hair, they will do double duty, attracting and holding moisturize in your hair.
Take good care of your hair – you spend time and money on your skin. Make sure your hair is also in good condition.
Laser hair removal might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “January.” However, after a few treatments the fabulous smooth effects will be long lasting. Winter is also a preferable time for beauty treatments if you are concerned with brief post-treatment redness!
What Areas Can Be Treated?
How long does the treatment take?
The number of treatments to completion varies depending on skin tone–anywhere from three to six brief sessions. When your treatments are complete you should not need to come back as it is highly successful.
How it Works
A strong, non-invasive laser breaks down pigment within dark hairs. Eventually through repeated treatments, the laser breaks down the follicle that produces the hair, stopping regrowth completely. The hair is no longer able to produce, drastically reducing the appearance of hair on your body.
Be Good to Your Skin
Laser hair removal is a few short treatments that produce smooth, hair-free skin for the rest of your days. It is a non-invasive treatment that removes the routine of shaving or waxing from your life. Opting for laser hair removal can be beneficial to your skin in that it replaces these practices which are aggravating to your skin–waxing and shaving are rough activities that cause rashes and in-grown hairs. Consider laser hair removal this winter for a smoothness that will feel good this summer and in years to come.