MORE WAXING MEANS LESS HAIRS
If it is not possible to prove, one can conclude by a simple observation that hair growth appears less abundant after regular wax epilation. But what actually happens? Certain weak hair follicles slow down or in fact stop producing hair. Over time, one can notice the appearance of more sparsely populated zones.
In more general terms, when hairs are taken out from the roots, it takes a certain time for the dermal papilla to create other hairs. There is thus a kind of “dead time” during which nothing, or almost nothing, happens. Then, the hairs do not all regrow at the same rate. When they reach the surface of the skin, they are already worn out by their passage through the different layers of the epidermis. They are finer and softer whereas shaving with a razor produces strong and vigorous new hair on the surface of the skin. Hence the impression of having two times less with waxing!
EXFOLIATION IS THE BEST SOLUTION FOR INGROWN HAIRS
Which is true
But it is only part of the solution.
An ingrown hair is a hair which, being unable to pierce the outermost layer of skin and reach the surface, either turns back on itself or continues horizontally. The main risk is the appearance of the infamous red spots which can easily become infectious and leave a scar.
A skin of which the outermost layer is dehydrated encourages the growth of ingrown hairs but there are other risk factors : for example, the fact of having hairs refined by multiple wax epilation and which grow in zones which rub, wearing tight clothes or underwear or even having growth of hair which tends to curl. Hair which grows like a corkscrew may lead to reverse growth and the formation of cysts beneath the skin, a frequent occurrence with black skin.
As for treatment, the best method of prevention is to have regular exfoliation at home or in a salon but always accompanied by a nourishing care treatment because exfoliation alone refines the outermost layer but does not prevent it from hardening again.