The vajacial is the newest trend in cosmetics, with a catchy name that is definitely an attention-grabber. Even though it sounds pretty funny, the vajacial is exactly what its name implies – a facial for your vaginal area – well, for certain parts of the vulva at least.
If you’re still smirking, keep reading: you’ll realize this is one beauty treatment you never knew you actually needed.
What is a Vajacial For?
If you’re a woman who likes to keep her intimate parts nice and tidy, you probably need a vajacial. The vajacial is hair removal’s best friend. Everyone who waxes — regardless if you’re doing a bikini wax or a full Brazilian — and especially everyone whose waxing schedule gets interrupted by a quick last minute shave here and there, suffers from ingrown hairs.
Ingrown hairs are a pesky yet quite usual consequence of any sort of hair removal. An ingrown hair is a hair which curls around while growing and goes back into the skin, instead of springing out. The hair keeps growing, but it’s stuck right under the thin, top surface of skin – mostly under a layer of dead skin cells. Because it keeps growing, eventually the hair becomes big enough to create a red bump on your skin which resembles a zit. A lot of the times, this will get infected, and the spot where the hair is growing will actually become quite painful.
Ingrown hairs can occur anywhere on the body and it can happen to anyone, but mostly this happens to people who have coarse or curly hair. It does tend to happen most often in the intimate areas, as hair down there is curly for the most part, and continuously pressed by tight underwear and many layers of clothing.
On top of that, this area gets the least amount of breathing space, which can become especially problematic for women who exercise regularly or have an active sex life — the excessive sweating and skin-on-skin contact combined with the lack of breathing space that results from constantly being covered up with clothing, all very easily lead to ingrown hair and the infections of the follicles.
Hair in the intimate area is also usually stuck in a pretty short cycle of growth and removal, which doesn’t help either. If you’ve ever experienced red spots, bumps, or the popping up of zits in your pubic area – it was most likely an ingrown hair. A lot of the times you can’t even see the tip of the hair trying to make its way out, especially if the follicle has been infected, it’s completely covered up in an irritating lump of skin.
This is exactly what vajacials are for - a vajacial is a cosmetic treatment which gets rid of ingrown hair, and if done regularly, prevents it from happening again.
What Does a Vajacial Look Like?
A vajacial looks a lot like a facial, except it’s done in the pubic bone area and along the bikini line. A vajacial will include the discomfort of a Brazillian wax, in the sense that you'll have to be completely naked and someone will be working very closely with your intimate area. Every aesthetician will begin by wiping the area with an anti-bacterial wipe or solution, to make sure the skin is clean and to prevent any infections resulting from the treatment.
The second step is a scrub. Physical exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving the ingrown hairs out in the open and easy to reach. After the scrub, the aesthetician will remove ingrown hairs manually, plucking them out one my one using tweezers or a lancet. (Learn more about exfoliation with 5 Effective Exfoliating Techniques for Healthy Skin.)
This process can be a bit uncomfortable and slightly painful, all depending on your personal situation. Those with an abundance of ingrown hairs, especially those that have already developed into an infected zit, will definitely feel a bit of stinging. Some cosmetic studios use LED lights to extract ingrown hairs, although this is a more high-tech approach that a vajacial doesn’t necessarily entail.
Once the hairs have been extracted, the aesthetician will do a chemical peel. The chemical peel uses a chemical solution to cause the skin to blister and peel. (Here's Your Ultimate Guide to Chemical Peels.)
This is an important step in the treatment of ingrown hairs, as it removes the top layer of the skin and leaves you with thinner and softer skin that hairs can break through more easily. Finally, a moisturizer is applied over the entire area to calm the skin down after so much irritation.
When Should I Get a Vajacial?
The vajacial is best done 10-20 days after you have been waxed. This is the perfect period as your hairs have just started growing, and by now it’s become quite apparent which ones will be causing problems. If you’re seeing red spots, lumps or bumps on your skin, these are ingrown hairs struggling to make their way out into the open.
An ingrown hair isn’t problematic just because of the visuals – ingrown hairs get infected over time, and if left untreated they can cause a number of skin problems in the future, and as the situation progresses, the removal becomes more difficult and more painful.
While most people get vajacials when they are aware of an ingrown hair problem, a lot of people look at it as a vanity treatment and get it done as a preventive matter, and as a way of pampering their skin, making it smoother and getting rid of any discoloration or unevenness.
Are Vajacials Necessary?
You don’t necessarily need a vajacial. Ingrown hairs can be dealt with at home as well. You can perform physical exfoliation in the pubic bone and bikini line areas yourself with carefully chosen products available in any pharmacy. Using a loofah on a regular basis to thoroughly scrub away dead skin cells is also a good way to prevent ingrown hairs.
Removing them with tweezers can be a tedious and painful job, in which you have to be particularly careful to disinfect both your skin and the tools you’re using.
You can perform all of the steps of a vajacial on your own, if you have the right tools, and a lot of patience and discipline. While all of this is a sound plan when it comes to ingrown hair prevention, if you have noticed that your skin is problematic and ingrown-hair prone, it's definitely better to have a professional take care of it, at least the first time round.
Professional aestheticians have all the right tools and the knowledge necessary to deal with tender and infected skin, and to prevent it from getting any worse, which you could easily do with your lack of experience and expertise.
And, in the end, let’s face it – unpleasantness like this is often much more bearable if it’s left in the hands of a professional while you just lay down, relax and have the whole thing dealt with safely and painlessly in under 30 minutes!