How To Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hair

anatomy of our skin

*An abbreviated version of this article was published first as a Linkedin post 6/15/15

Ingrown hair- man or woman, we all experience them from time to time. For men, the problem is most common at the chin line or neck. Women seem to have the most trouble on the back of the legs, folds of skin or underarms. To understand how to prevent ingrown hair, it helps to understand the reasons why ingrown hairs form, and what to do to inhibit their development.

anatomy of our skin
anatomy of our skin

Overview: Skin facts related to ingrown hairs

The top two layers of the epidermis (Stratum corneum and the Stratum lucidum) are made up of mature or flattened cells and dead skin cells called Keratinocytes. These cells are constantly shed and replaced by cells from the lower layers of the epidermis.

The hair follicle is a little pocket of epidermis embedded deep the dermis. Hair itself is made up of the protein keratin. Hair and skin are protected by oils and cooled by sweat that are produced in small glands found throughout the skin and hair follicle.

So, shedding dead skin cells and buildup of keratin deposits, and also sweat and oils all contribute to a clogged hair follicle, or ingrown hair.

What is an ingrown hair?

Razor bumps, boils, ingrown hair….are they all the same thing?

Yes, in fact, all start out the same way. An ingrown hair is usually a coarse and curly hair that has looped back on itself and grows back into the skin. This can happen when the hair is cut, and then has a sharpened, beveled edge that can poke back into the skin. The result is a red bump, or bumps in an area. If the skin becomes infected, a boil can result.

Infected ingrown hairs could become quite serious, as this Cosmo article relates. If you notice that a client has many ingrown hairs, especially if the bumps are red, painful or pus filled, recommend that the client see their dermatologist for treatment right away.

What causes ingrown hairs?

Dull razors that cut the hair leaving it with a jagged edge, and a buildup of dead skin cells or oils and dirt that clog the hair follicle are a few reasons. Using fresh razors, or an electric razor can lessen the chances of developing razor bumps. Treatments such as waxing, electrolysis or hair removal creams are a good way to avoid ingrown hair.

At times, a client will ask if waxing causes ingrown hairs. The answer: Instead of causing ingrown hairs, a good wax treatment is a great way to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation removes the debris that can clog the follicle and prevent the hair from growing out.

Is waxing better than shaving?

As a therapist, you know the benefits of a complete waxing treatment. Explain to your client each step:

  • Pre-waxing treatments cleanse and hydrate the skin of the dirt, oils and dead skin that could cause ingrown hair.

  • The wax removal exfoliates the skin, leaving the skin refreshed. Certain waxes have anti-inflammatory ingredients to help reduce any skin irritation. It is a good idea to have several choices of wax on hand to address different skin and hair types.

  • Using a post-wax treatment finalizes the skin, giving it much needed moisture.

  • The final step is your client’s best friend- using a product like Ingrown X-it by Lycon or Ingrown Zone by Mancine. Both formulas contain ingredients to reduce inflammation, clear pores and fight bacteria and are available in a cream or a convenient spray. You can send them home with a bottle for use in between treatments!

Your clients will appreciate your expertise on the subject and the knowledge you share with them. No doubt, many will become regular clients when they see the results of your treatments on their own skin!

Improving feet- foot care, step by step!

foot care for great looking feet

FEET- overlooked and overworked, sometimes they get a little rough around the edges. To get feet looking great, and then help keep them that way, recommend to your clients the proper foot care at home, in between their pedicure visits. Here is what to do to give feet a little appreciation for all they do!


First of all, recommend that your clients go buy new shoes- they will love the suggestion! There is more to it than just the satisfaction found in shoe-shopping. It is important to wear proper fitting shoes with good support. Shoes with poor support or that fit the foot poorly cause blisters, calluses, bunions and other foot woes.

Summertime vs. Wintertime foot treatment

Summertime brings sandals and even bare feet. For summer foot care, recommend a refreshing soak in Epsom salts and warm water. The added salts will reduce inflammation, soothe aches and pains and soften the skin.

Once the feet have soaked 10 minutes, pat dry and use an exfoliating scrub, loofah or pumice stone in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry. Then apply a conditioning treatment. Mancine’s Tea Tree lotion is a perfect, lightweight moisturizer for feet. The lotion has a mild pH, and the added benefit of Tea Tree oil for preventing foot fungus. (Read more on treating this condition below.)

This treatment is best performed just before bed, when feet can soak up this pampering and get their well deserved rest.

Wintertime is a great time to work on the trouble spots on feet. Your clients who suffer from dry, cracked heels will find relief when they apply body butter directly to the affected heel, and then pop on a sock! The sock will help lock in the moisture all day.

You can recommend that, in the evening the client follow the daytime softening treatment with a 10 minute soak and an exfoliating scrub. If the heel is too tender, using a wet washcloth in a circular motion will also prove effective over time.

Nighttime foot care

Nighttime treatment is the best time to address any bacteria or fungus issues. Advise the client to apply a product with menthol (like Vicks or Mentholatum,) or tea tree oil or thymol. Again, if they can stand to sleep in socks, at least part of the night, it will help lock in the treatment.

While menthol products can be applied to the heel or nails, we recommend Amoresse Thymol to specifically treat nails. Thymol works to kill bacteria and microbes. Two drops in the evening to the affected nail, at the cuticle and under the nail if possible. Repeat in the morning, on a thoroughly dried foot. Continue use every day, until the nail has grown out. It is okay to polish the affected nail, but leave the cuticle area exposed so that the thymol treatment can penetrate.

With continued pedicures and these home treatments, your client’s feet will be in great shape!

Don’t forget to check out our Gelish and Lac It polishes for a pedicure with a professional finish. You will enjoy the wide variety of colors.

*Vogue Beauty is NOT an official distributor of en Vogue products.

Mobile Manicures Growing In Popularity

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Mobile Manicures service – The concept is simple: provide an at-home or at-event service for manicures and pedicures.

Recently, we read  this article in Woman’s Day Magazine about mobile manicure services. Many of the questions were answered like how to get started, what are the start-up costs and how to overcome personal challenges.

We thought it would be good idea to also create a practical checklist of products and supplies you will need to perform mani/pedis outside of a salon environment. While this is not an exhaustive list, you can find most of the items you will need here on Vogue Beauty!

Workspace and tool considerations with mobile manicures

First off, you want to consider the environment you will be working in. How can you make it comfortable for both you and the client?Should you bring some small pillows or extra towel rolls for arm rests, or recommend that your client gather these items?

  • Your comfort is important too. Will you bring your own table  and stool?

  • You will want your own lamp so as not to worry about whether there is adequate light at the location, and locate yourself near a power outlet.

  • Your UV light or dryer size should be small enough to pack conveniently but adequate to cure or dry the entire hand.

  • Do you have an adequate supply of towels and various bowls or tubs?

  • How about electric hand mittens or foot booties for extra relaxation to the treatments?

  • You will want to use new files or separate implements on each client and then sanitize them once you get back at your home or salon. So, do you have enough on hand to get through the day?


  • What lotions will you use for hand and foot massage? You will want to try Mancine Professionals lotions, or the Tee-Tree hand and body lotion.

  • What polish removers will you use? We can recommend Amoresse nail and tip remover for soaking, and the line’s polish remover with a cinnamon fragrance.

  • If your service goes into private homes or office spaces, good ventilation and low odor or odorless acrylics or gels will be really important. Amoresse is known for it’s odorless monomers and powders.

  • The finishing touch- polish colors- You will want to have a selection of colors to choose from. Here is our selection of Lac it gel polish. We also have Gelish polishes on sale now!

    *Vogue Beauty is NOT an official distributor of en Vogue products.

Additional ideas to help

Here’s a great article from Nails Magazine that includes a great list and other suggestions for the perfect nail salon- many are also great business ideas that would apply for a mobile service.

How to make a beautiful body even more beautiful

beautiful body

A beautiful body- what does it take?

Many of your clients have set an agenda for personal improvement with a goal to reach even sooner than summer.  The ultimate goal for most people is to improve the way they look and how they feel about themselves.

Let’s face it- our self improvement goals really come down to feeling good about the skin you’re in! How can we help our clients have a good attitude and feel great about themselves? Let them know you think they are beautiful. Everyone has a beauty point-  remind them of theirs!

We can help them achieve a beautiful body with soft, radiant skin. It’s a 4 step process = prepare, remove, soften, enhance. Here’s more how-to:


For your regular waxing clients, suggest that they use an exfoliating scrub 2-3 days before their next waxing appointment. We recommend you keep Mancine hot salt scrubs on hand for your clients to purchase. The scrubs have wonderful scents and leave the skin refreshed.


Pre-wax preparations are essential for a great wax treatment. Harley, Mancine and Lycon all have tremendous pre-waxing cleansers, oils or lotions. For the best hair removal possible, make sure to use a pre-wax preparation to cleanse, sanitize and prepare the skin.


All of our waxes work hard to nourish the skin and reduce irritation. But you can improve mood and enhance well-being by using the right scented wax for your client.


Lycon has two popular waxes at this time of year- So Yummy Chocolate and So Berry Delicious! Available in strip or hard wax, you will find hair removal to be easy and efficient, and the client will be comfortable and re-energized.

Perhaps Mancine Wild Apricot or Apple & Papaya would be a nice reminder that spring is around the corner!

Or Harley wax has Lavender or Rose hard waxes, to give the relaxing reminders of a summer day in the country.


Completing the treatment with a post wax product finishes and conditions the skin. Harley After Care Oil is an example of a post wax preparation that works to reduce skin irritation, redness and the occurrence of ingrown hairs. Lycon has a soothing aloe vera gel or creme and also a tea-tree preparation. Mancine has Ultimate Finish, designed to clean up any wax residue and leave the skin silky soft.

The Send off- Enhance!

No doubt your clients will be recharged and feel great about their beautiful body when they are finished with their treatments. Make sure to send them home with products they can enjoy at home, like wonderful body butters and lotions.


A small token like a thank you card is a great way to make your clients feel ‘noteworthy’ and appreciated. Include a reminder of their next appointment and a loyalty discount on other services. Your clients are sure to return because  they feel great when they walk out the door! Who wouldn’t want another day of pampering like the one they just received from you!

What is the right wax for your salon?

Lycon the Right wax for your salon?

We want to help you to decide which is the right wax for you and for your salon. So, here is article 1, describing the benefits of using the Lycon Precision Wax line.


Lycon is the first of three wax lines Vogue Beauty accepted for distribution.


Why Lycon?

Lydia Jordane, otherwise known as the ‘Waxing Queen’, is the founder and CEO of LYCON COSMETICS. As a beauty therapist herself for more than 35 years, Lydia has firsthand experience with waxing techniques and knows what kind of results should be achieved with every application.


How Lycon began

It all started in 1978, when she developed the LYCON range of specialty products that achieve a superior result, while still being economical. Lycon first introduced the original and gentle Apricot Wax.


In the years that followed, various other aromatherapy waxes were introduced, including the famous Rosette Hot wax. Additionally, LYCOflex, LYCOtec and the unique Lycon Lycojet waxes were developed.


The secret to a great waxing application

Many salons use strip wax for everything. According to Lydia, one type of wax isn’t necessarily the right wax for all clients, or suitable for every part of the body and face with different types of skin.  For professional results every time, LYCON recommends strip wax for large areas, such as legs, arms, chests and backs.


Hot wax is the right wax for the more sensitive and delicate areas, such as the bikini area, Brazilian waxing, the face and underarms. (Read more on application tips and tricks here.)


LYCON customizes the wax choice by the treatment area and the skin type, so your clients will have the absolute best results and a very comfortable waxing experience.


LYCON wax removes hair efficiently – clients are surprised that less hair grows back, and growth is slower.


How the right wax will help grow your salon business

You might think that slower grow back would result in fewer clients, But consider this: you will be able to fit more clients into your schedule. Increasing clients means…making more money.


The end result of using Lycon waxes is not just a smooth finish, but growing a business for therapists!


No wonder LYCON wax is used and loved in over 45 countries with a celebrity following. Salons who try LYCON will never want to change  to another wax… and clients keep on coming back!


Your waxing business will boom with LYCON! See the entire product range here on Vogue Beauty!


Vogue Beauty has added several Lycon products to our online catalog. They include: Azulene strip wax, which has the added benefit of chamomile and Lycotec Superberry strip wax with a luscious berry scent!


For a great clean-up and send off, we now carry Lycon Wax Solvent and Lycon Soothing Creme for a luxurious finish!


And did you know Vogue Beauty also carries many of the waxing accessories you need?


How to Achieve a Perfect Brow

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Reprinted from Dermascope, January 2015

by Lydia Jordane, founder of Lycon Cosmetics


I always get asked how to achieve the perfect brow. The eyebrows are one of the most important features of  the face. They offer balance, frame the eyes, and help improve the face. Well groomed eyebrows are an easy way to look brighter, make the eyes stand out more, achieve a fresh look by adding a drop of makeup. Hard wax should be used for the eyebrows as it removes very short hair, is easy and quick to use, has longer-lasting results, and can be virtually painless for the client.

STEP 1: Visualize

eyebrow shape guide
eyebrow shape guide

Begin by analyzing the client’s brow line and their shape to work out what the best look for them would be. Consider the client’s preferences as well. I find the best way to work out the eyebrow shape is to follow these guidelines: First, align a pencil from the inner corner of the eye to the side of the nose. Any hair growth between the eyebrows from this point inward should be removed. Next, place the pencil diagonally from the corner of the nose to the center of the iris. Where the pencil crosses the eyebrow is where the arch or highest point of the eyebrow should be made. Last, place the pencil from the corner of the nose on a line that passes the outer corner of the eye to determine the minimum length of the outward eyebrow point.

STEP 2: Prepare the skin

Cleanse the skin with a suitable skin cleanser to remove oils, makeup, and any surface bacteria. Apply a very small amount of pre-waxing oil on the area to be waxed. Blot off any excess oil. I like to put a couple of drops on the back of my hand to apply. This helps to control the quantity of oil being applied and is then accessible for reapplication during the service. If there is excess oil on the skin, the wax will not grab the hair effectively and if there is not enough oil, the client’s skin could be affected.

STEP 3: Hard wax application

The first wax application should always be applied in the direction of the hair growth. This helps to reduce the possibility of catching any longer hairs that should not be removed with the wax. Start with a small amount of wax on the tip of an applicator stick and spread the wax carefully with good pressure onto the skin underneath the eyebrow. Support the skin before removing the wax, then remove hard wax against the hair growth, as this is the best way to protect the skin and remove more hair each time. (Vogue Beauty recommends Lycojet Lavender hard wax.)

STEP 4: Re-application for the perfect brow

After two initial applications of hard wax in the direction of the hair growth, more hard wax can be applied against the hair growth. This will pick up any stubborn or fluffy hairs left behind. Hard wax can be used several times on the same area without discomfort or skin damage, as long as the pre-waxing oil is reapplied between all hard wax reapplications. Once you are satisfied that you have created the perfect brow, apply your favorite after-waxing care product and show your client the end result!

Practice makes perfect… and remember, confidence is key!

Time for a Tip – Waxing techniques for professional results

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Every few months, we will post a tip to help you save time, achieve better waxing results or learn something new. So, without further delay, here is today’s tip:

There are many types of hard waxes, but most can be grouped into two categories – natural or synthetic waxes.   Mancine is one of our favorite wax lines.  These synthetic,  high quality, hard waxes have virtually no uncomfortable pull on the skin.

You will notice there are a few differences – these modern waxes have a slightly different application process than other classic waxes.

 The waxing process – how to produce the best results:

  1. The wax needs to be hotter than most waxes. The setting on your warmer should be at 3.5. This setting won’t make the application too warm for the client’s skin to tolerate, but will allow the wax to be applied thinly. A thin application is essential for the best results.

  2. Stir the wax thoroughly before applying. If there is titanium dioxide in the hard wax you have chosen, it will settle to the bottom. Titanium is added to soothe the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory. If not stirred well, the bottom of your pot will have a higher concentration and could lessen the grab of the hair when applied.

  3. Apply THINLY. Yep, we said it again. Apply thinner than you are used to with other hard waxes. The goal is to apply just enough to grab the hair, not the skin.

  • (A tip for pulling wax – using the end of your stick, push back the edge of wax so that it curls a bit, and then continue to pull back with your fingertips.)

Application technique

Before applying the wax, prepare your client’s skin with Pre-wax lotion and oil. Pre-wax lotion cleanses the skin, and a very small amount of pre-wax oil protects the skin before waxing.

Now you are ready to apply the wax.  Apply wax against the hair growth and then forward – in a ‘figure 8′ pattern. First, against the hair growth, and then with the hair growth – yes, you guessed it – in a very thin application.

After waxing, cleanse the skin of any wax residue and leave it feeling silky smooth with Ultimate Finish. In fact, you can add a bit of the Ultimate Finish to all other Mancine lotions (tea tree lotions, natural lotions or scented lotions from Mancine) for even better results.

(Pre and post products can also be used with strip waxes, like our Mancine Brazilian Rose or our Mancine Aloe Green Organic strip wax.)

With Mancine waxes,  applied according to these directions, you can expect to get 30% more applications per unit than with other waxes.

Indoor air – how clean is yours?

With winter months approaching, we will be spending more time indoors. Have you ever wondered how to reduce or even rid your home of indoor air pollution? What affects indoor air quality?

Granted, many of us have changed the cleaning chemicals we use, and many products for home improvements are ‘green’, reducing the VOC’s. But there are still many things that contribute to indoor air pollution, such as heaters, stoves and fireplaces, granite and marble, pressed wood products in cabinetry, flooring and furniture and carpeting. What else can be done to help dissipate these pollutants?

Good news: Houseplants reduce and even eliminate many of the pollutants found inside our homes. According to an article in Mother Earth News, here are the 15 best at reducing indoor air pollution:

  • Aloe
  • Spider Plant
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Snake Plant also known as ‘Mother-in-law’s tounge’ (Haha!)
  • Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Dracaena (Warneck and Red-edged or Marginata)
  • Ficus Benjemina or Weeping Fig
  • Azelea
  • English Ivy (great if you live on a farm-filters airborne fecal matter particles!)
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Heart leafed Philodendron
  • Peace Lily (Tops on the list!)

Remember, some plants are poisonous, so if you have a cat, dog or child in the house, research your selection first to avoid an unpleasant call to poison control hotline! Here is a list of common houseplants that are considered SAFE by MNN!

Agrarian organics plant grow


Not everyone has a naturally ‘green thumb’, or intuitively knows how to care for their houseplants. So, as a follow-up to last weeks’ blog on indoor air quality and houseplants, we thought you might like to know some plant care tricks and tips.

New living quarters

When you first purchase your newest housemate, you should re-pot it into a bigger pot. The size of the pot should be one-third larger in every direction.

Room to breathe

Plants don’t like wet feet-use some rocks for drainage in the bottom of the new pot, then cover with a layer of newspaper, a coffee filter or some natural burlap to keep the dirt from filtering though the rocks and out of the drainage holes.

Cozy bedding, good light

Use good quality, indoor potting soil. Find a spot with adequate light for the type of houseplant. Or, create the light needed with a portable grow light.

A drink, not a bath

Water with room temperature water after repotting. Make the soil damp to the touch, and water should begin to drain out of the bottom. If the water puddles on top, you have overwatered; pour off the excess-this is to be a drink for your thirsty guest, not a bath!


Apply the same rules you have for any company-”a happy guest is a well-fed guest.” Use a liquid or water souluable fertilizer to boost the nutrients in the container.

For this purpose, there is a new product available on our website that is designed for boosting your plant health- AO PlantGrow. It is an organic plant spray designed to help revive, improve and increase the life-cycle of your plants.

AO PlantGrow combines minerals and natural vegetable sugars to create a liquid soil amendment that can be used in combination with other products and around your kids and pets. While we don’t know why you would, AO PlantGrow is safe enough to drink, and produces amazing results (in plants, not humans.)

Use according to the directions-Spray once weekly on plants, three times weekly on ailing plants for revival.

Buy or learn more here- Agrarian organics plant grow

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