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Living Smoothly Without Ingrown Hairs

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 26, 2016
Living Smoothly Without Ingrown Hairs

Ah, ingrown hairs. Don’t you just love ‘em?

It’s the price we pay for our desire to tame unwanted hair, and it’s a big price to pay. Ingrown hairs are hairs that are curl back or grow sideways into the skin rather than coming out as it should. Ingrown hairs occur mostly in places where the skin is waxed or shaved.

Those little unpleasantly irritable bumps are one of the biggest barriers we face when wanting to bare it all in our bikinis. With summertime right around the corner, don’t succumb to the unruly bumps that are making their home on your body. Preventing ingrown hairs can be done easily with a few simple steps.

  • Don’t Wax Too Soon or Shave The Wrong Way

It can be very tempting to remove unwanted hair as soon as it begins to grow, but setting your wax appointment too early or shaving incorrectly will only make things worse. If the wax doesn’t have at least a ¼ inch of hair to grip onto, then the hairs will break in half, which will cause irritation and ingrown hair. Also, make sure that you’re shaving with a moisturizing, alcohol-free shaving cream as well as ensuring that you’re shaving in the direction your hair goes, and never against it.

  • Dry Exfoliation

This has been said to be one of the most integral steps to take in order to avoid ingrown hairs. Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of dead skin cells that block the proper hair growth process. You can exfoliate with a brush, exfoliating gloves, and even homemade exfoliation scrubs. The recommended amount of times to exfoliate is one to two times a week. Avoid exfoliating immediately after shaving or waxing due to the sensitive state of your skin.

  • Avoid Tight Clothing

Say buh-bye to those skinny jeans if you want to prevent ingrown hair. Tight clothing puts pressure on your skin which makes it difficult for hair follicles to grow out correctly. Wearing tight clothing will push hair back under the skin and become ingrown.

  • Post Care

While ingrown hairs may not greet you immediately after you shave or wax, it’s still important to be mindful of how you’re maintaining your skin in the following weeks. Regularly massage your skin in the shower with a scrub as well as apply creams or gels that help to decrease ingrown hairs.

Of course, if you’d much rather achieve hairless skin without the consequences, laser hair removal is always an alternative.