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    Welcome to The Waxing Blog: Smooth Talk from Waxing the City. If you want to know more about waxing and skin care for men and women, you're in the right place. Alex Jimenez and Summer Hartshorn — two of Waxing the City's premier CEROLOGIST™ Technicians — answer your questions about waxing. There's no such thing as a dumb question. At Waxing the City, we strive to make you as comfortable online as we do at any of our four locations.

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    Waxing Q&A: How to Avoid Ingrown Hairs

    I am prone to ingrown hairs and have almost decided to stop bikini waxing as I've tried all kinds of things, including taking an oral antibiotic. Any suggestions? 

    At Waxing the City we understand your frustration and hope we can resolve the problem for you.

    Let’s start with a little Psuedofolliculitis Barbae 101.

    Psuedofolliculitis Barbae is another way of saying ingrown hairs, but who can remember that?!! Put simply, ingrowns are hairs that curve back into the follicle or that get trapped under the skin, causing swollen, red bumps -- and sometimes, if left unattended, even infection. They are painful and unsightly. People that have dark, coarse or curly hair are usually the most prone to ingrown hairs.

    A common area one will find ingrown hairs is around the bikini line. They are most often caused by shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams.

    You mentioned that you have tried several things and it sounds like you have even visited your doctor to get an oral medication. But, before you give up on waxing entirely, I'm going to give you the same advice that I give to all of my clients in hopes that it may help you:

    First, exfoliation is key. Exfoliation removes the dead skin that may be trapping the ingrown hair. It can also loosen ingrown hairs. I recommend using a water-soluble scrub like a sugar scrub or a jojoba scrub, which are less abrasive than an apricot scrub.  

    You can also use a loofah glove. Be sure to use light pressure so you don't irritate the skin around the ingrown hairs. Do this three to four times a week. If you are doing this already and still don't notice a difference, try a product specifically made for ingrowns. My favorite is Tend Skin (a great product we carry).

    It is important to use this product regularly (everyday to every other day) to get results. Tend Skin contains salicylic acid which takes the exfoliation step one step further. It also helps the ingrowns from getting infected.

    My second piece of advice is this: infection can occur if the condition is left unattended and the area is exposed to bacteria. Another cause of ingrown hairs and infection is tight clothing. This is common amongst athletes who, for instance, cycle and are in tight-fitting biking shorts for long periods of time. If you think clothing may be the culprit, try wearing clothes that whisk sweat away from the body and remove clothing immediately after working out.  

    Finally do some research on the type of wax your salon uses. No big surprise, the skin around the bikini area is extremely sensitive. If your salon uses soft wax that might be part of the problem. At WTC we use hard wax on the bikini line for just this reason. Hard wax, which is commonly called blue wax because of its color, is a stripless wax. Hard wax is gentler to the skin in sensitive areas, such as the face or bikini area. Hard wax goes on the skin warm and then cools and hardens acting like saran wrap to the hair. As it hardens it lifts itself from the skin making the pull less painful.

    I think it is important to know, too, that waxing isn't for everyone. If you think that this is a chronic condition and waxing may be part of the problem, then permanent hair removal is always an option.

    I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.





    Recently Waxing the City was featured in an article in the Denver Post about a new and getting hotter trend: manscaping. It is a fact that more and more men are making waxing part of their personal grooming regime.

    From waxing the back, chest, brows to full-on Brazilians, the guys are lining up at the door.

    Check out what Doug Brown, Denver Post, had to say regarding the new trend!

    AND guys- if you don't get waxed now, give it a go at Waxing the City! Waxing the City’s discreet and professional cerologists and staff are here to answer all questions. If you’re a man – or if your husband, boyfriend, significant other, best friend – needs a bit of waxing advice and know-how, please don’t hesitate to ask.


    Your waxing pals @ Waxing the City


    Waxing Q&A: How to Overcome the "Hairy Look"

    I love how smooth my legs feel after getting them waxed, but I find the growing out process difficult to bear. It’s summer time and I’d like to wear shorts but find it hard when I’m growing my leg hair out for my next appointment. Can you offer any tips to make the “hairy look” painless, and I’m not talking “ouch” pain, but self-confidence pain. What do you suggest?

    You’re not alone, a lot of people ask our cerologists this same question!

    When you get on a routine schedule of waxing every month the hair does start to thin out making it less obvious to you and to others. Truthfully, though, there's not much you can do to hide the grow-out in that last four or five days before a wax (maybe that’s where wearing longer pants and not sitting in direct sunlight comes in!). If you’re new to waxing I suggest you start in the fall/winter. The colder seasons provide a bit of “camouflage” – pants, boots, long skits – so it's easier in the beginning to hide your grow-out stage. By springtime your hair should be light enough to wear a skirt right up to your next waxing without anyone noticing.

    It’s all about timing (when you start your waxing regime) and patience…and a little creative wardrobe adjustments! And, remember these two important things: one, the longer and more regularly you wax, the softer, lighter and thinner your hair grows back (so it’s less and less noticeable), and two, YOU probably notice the “unsightly” grow-out more than anyone else!!

    Your friends,

    Waxing the City- Denver


    Unfortunately the hardest part of waxing, especially in the summer, is letting your hair grow and the waiting in between appointments.  I wax my legs and I just try to plan my wardrobe accordingly. Skirts and shorts for the first 3 weeks then it's capris and lightweight pants the last week. Sometimes I don't care and wear shorts the whole way through :) of course my hair is blonde and I have been waxing for a while.

    Waxing the City- Dallas


    Waxing Q&A: Tips to Avoid a Break Out

    Now that I am in my late 30’s I don’t typically have acne issues. However, after I get waxed anywhere on my face I ALWAYS break out. They are just little bumps but still unattractive. Why does this happen? Is there a way to avoid this?

    Everyone reacts differently to waxing and unfortunately, bumps can happen. Bumps have nothing to do with age, bumps can happen to someone who is 20 or 55 as a result of waxing. Your pores open after a hair is pulled out and bacteria can enter the pore and cause a pimple or little red bump. Everyone thinks they are the only ones who get these bumps, but bumps are actually quite common, especially around the more sensitive parts of the face like the upper lip, top of the brows and sideburn area.

    There are some things you can do to help prevent these red bumps from occurring before/after waxing:

    1. Lightly exfoliate before waxing. This will help to rid the follicle of oil and debris.

    2. Ask your cerologist to use “the zapper,” a high frequency machine. High frequency treatments help to kill bacteria that is on the surface of the skin, thus minimizing potential outbreaks. And the great news…there is no extra charge for this high frequency treatment at Waxing the City. We offer this as a value added service to make your experience as pleasant as possible☺

    3. Avoid touching the freshly waxed area. The skin feels so smooth and irresistible afterward, but your fingers will put oil and bacteria on the skin and your skin tends to be more susceptible to irritations immediately after a wax.

    5. Exfoliate again the next day, unless your skin is red and tender.

    6. Women love to pick! But don't pop or pick the red bumps if they happen. This will spread the bacteria and can encourage additional pimples or red bumps. Instead apply a spot treatment for pimples using a Q-tip. Tend Skin, a product we recommend highly for ingrown hairs, works wonders, too.

    7. Lastly, try to wax on a regular basis. Regular waxing should lessen the occurrence of those pesky little red bumps over time.


    Keep the questions coming! These are great!

    Until next time,

    Waxing the City- Denver


    Waxing Q&A: Leave a strip after the Brazilian?

    What is more common - all the way with Brazilian or leave a patch? What do guys seem to prefer on their girls? Mine likes that I do it, but he’s a little shy about saying which he prefers on me.

    There’s not a clear-cut answer on this one! Whether to go for total hair removal or to leave a little. I know that some people switch back and forth for a little variety when getting Brazilian bikini waxing; however, once you take everything off with a Brazilian wax, it’s harder to grow back the “landing strip.” Overall, I would say that slightly over 50% of men, when asked, will say take it all off.
    Thanks for the question!
    Alexandria (Alex)
    Waxing the City - Denver