Deck Product FAQs
Posted on February 20 2017
What are in-grown hairs and what causes them?
An ingrown hair can occur for a couple of reasons. Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle. That forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Your hair keeps growing but never above the skin. This is usually when someone waxes regularly but does not exfoliate regularly enough or with a physical exfoliant that is providing enough exfoliation. If you wax, your new hair is fine and thin, these in-grown hair are usually not as red as ones from shaving.
However, in-grown hairs can also be caused by shaving, particularly in the bikini area where hair is generally wavy or curly. Shaving this hair can result in the sharpened end of the hair piercing the skin, causing an ingrown hair. These can be a bit redder as they are caused by the bluntness of the hair trying to grow through thick skin that is not exfoliated enough.
In addition to being red, irritated and itchy, ingrown hairs can gather bacteria within the hair follicle and become infected. These unsightly little buggers can be a real horror for bikini waxers and shavers!
But both causes of in-grown hairs can be treated and eliminated with daily physical exfoliation. Our Deck Scrub provides both physical exfoliation from Bamboo Stem, Pumice and Walnut Shell as well as chemical exfoliation from Canadian Willow Herb and natural anti-bacterial from Tea Tree oil to Keep Your Kitty Pretty whether you are a waxer or a shaver.
Why does my bikini area itch after I shave or wax?
When your bikini hair is growing back, if the skin has not been regularly exfoliated the hair under the skin causes irritation to the skin. The itch is literally the hair trying to grow out of old dry thick skin. Itching can also be caused by dry skin from shaving. That is why it is important to exfoliate daily with Deck Scrub and then moisturize with Deck Polish Hydrating Bikini Balm.
Who experiences in-grown hair and irritation?
According to research and studies, most women (somewhere between 85-90%, cited from various sources) experience in-grown hairs and irritation caused from waxing or shaving. If you are experiencing these issues, you are not alone! When we are looking at Victoria secret models strutting around in bikini’s and we don’t see a pimple or razor burn we all start thinking “Maybe it’s only me?”, but the truth is most women report irritation from hair removal. Women shouldn’t have to choose between unwanted hair and a red, irritated Deck, but the good news is that with our products you won’t have to choose! You can be hair free and smooth and polished!
What is the difference between waxing, shaving, and laser hair removal for my bikini line?
We all have unwanted hair but how we get rid of it varies a lot! If you wax your hair you are removing the hair and the root as well. The hair does grow back, but it is a new hair so it get finer and thinner the more you wax. When you wax the growth cycle is that of a new hair rejuvenating from nothing (about 4 weeks). Some may experience ingrown hairs from waxing because the new hair comes in too fine to penetrate the skin and can continue growing under the surface. An ingrown hair can get infected and become a major problem, or they can just be irritating and unsightly.
Shaving is a another popular option for hair removal, however when shaving the hair is left as a blunt cut which will cause irritation around each follicle and in each pore as it grows. The irritation from shaving leaves the skin red and bumpy if not properly conditioned before and after the shave. Also a fresh razor and great shave crème can help.
Laser is a solution most think is permanent, but it isn’t always. Laser hair removal has the longest lasting results but can leave the skin very irritated, especially just after getting it done. The laser is attracted to pigment so you must have dark hair in order to have this treatment done. The laser goes down the hair and burns the follicle of the hair. The appointment is costly and painful, but some swear by it. One thing that is for sure if not taken care of after you laser appointments your skin will be bumpy from the burnt hair in each pore.
Use of a scrub like, Deck scrub will insure they get out of your pores and your bikini looks pretty. The natural astringents in Deck Polish will also help to close your pores and keep your skin looking smooth.
Regardless of which method you prefer your skin needs to be taken care of to not only be hair free but the skin be smooth and polished.
Can I use Deck Scrub and Polish anywhere on my body?
We get asked this on the daily. The answer is YES! Anywhere you shave or wax you will love the results. We focused on the bikini area because that is where the perfect storm of friction, body fluids and hair removal on the regular happens the most. When you add sweat and friction to fresh waxed or shaved skin, irritation is bound to happen. Our products address the issues of redness, irritation and ingrown hairs wherever you wax or shave. Many of our clients also use our products on their underarms and legs. The only area we do not recommend for use is anywhere near the eyes.