If you get waxed by a professional esthetician then you should ask them about maintenance in between waxing and removal of ingrown hairs. My mum is a beauty therapist/esthetician and is very knowledgeable and helpful about ingrown hairs. Most will take the time to remove them with needles or needle-nose tweezers if they are already mostly out of the skin.
If you are worried about the pain: Take a few tylenol about an hour before you go in.
If you are worried about the ingrown hairs/bumps: The main trick is to keep yourself super duper moisturized down there to keep the skin soft enough for hair to penetrate through. I recommend also exfoliating gloves and gently (very gently) buff your skin down there with every shower.
After your wax, dont wear anything tight or clingy for about 24 hrs after in that area, meaning your bikini. There are also products on the market that claim to be for ingrown hair treatment. Some women have problems with skin inflammation or burns from using these.
thanks earthspirit. that answers my question about the tylenol/ibprophen. i'm not at all worried about the pain of it. after multiple piercings in supposedly "horrifically painful" places and a tattoo, seriously, i don't think it will be an issue.
also, the lady that i'm going to (next month) does a lot with maintenance in between. she said that for first time clients, she actually books a "check up" for the next week to make sure everything is fine and that hairs are not becoming ingrown and so on. i'm really confident in her. and she's a relaly good price. just under market ($80 is market; she's $75 for the first one; $50 for maintaining, and $30 for the 'check up'). if there are no issues in the first week, then we can cancel or move the check up, and see how it goes. i'm really excited about it.
I'm glad you found someone who really cares about her clients It makes a huge difference over someone who is just a rip the hair out and good luck hopefully i'll see u round.
Fwiw, I find chemical exfoliation vastly superior to physical exfoliation when it comes to prevention of ingrowns.
AHA's (lactic, glycolic, mandelic, malic etc...)
BHA (salicylic acid)
Aspirin (acetylsaliyclic acid)
avoid exfoliants in an alchol base....use 'short contact therapy' if necessary for tolerance. Daily or twice daily application is better than every few days.....this is where short contact therapy can be helpful - ie making tolerable the more frequent applications of the exfoliants.
I *love* using aspirin combined with sour cream or full fat yogurt as an exfoliant. Skin really does feel divine after it's application.
because i didn't get a lot of sleep last night, are you recommending the aspirin/yogurt or sour cream combo once or twice a day after?
or one of the other ones "over" that one?
I'd suggest a serum, alcohol free toner, or lotion. Even SalAc or one of the glycolic cleansers would be good....applied to dry skin, wait a minute, add water, then rinse. For the others, apply and leave on if tolerable, or more likely rinse off (short contact therapy)or one of the other ones "over" that one?