Here's How to Avoid Ingrown Pubic Hairs

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Ingrown pubic hairs are extremely common because the hair in this zone is thicker and curly. When hair is thick or curly it means there's more chance of hair growing back into the skin. Thick hair will create a sharper tip than a fine hair and is able to pierce through skin easier, growing into the skin when it shouldn't. Curly hair has a bend that also creates grounds for twisting and turning into skin.

When these both are combined, like in the bikini zone, you have high chances when removing hair, especially if it's waxed or shaved.

But, that doesn't mean you have to choose between getting hairless and having bumps, redness and infection that often comes along. With a little prevention and know-how, we'll help you have the best of both worlds. Smooth hair-free skin, without bumps.
 

How to Prevent Ingrown Pubic Hairs

  • Shave correctly. Using a razor often creates a sharp edge, which makes the hair easier to pierce and point into the skin. Our guide to shaving pubic hair includes information for both men and women to help you get a close shave while avoiding redness, razor burn, and bumps.
     
  • Take extra precautions when waxing. Sharp edges are common with waxing because hair is often broke above or below the skin's surface when removed. So if you're waxing at home, make sure to follow the steps closely to waxing your bikini line and curb the amount of hair breaking off, instead of being totally removed. If you're making an appointment, look online for a reputable salon and tech, or try a waxing-only salon where you should have a much better experience than taking your chances with a random salon.
  • Switch to another hair removal method. Sugaring is another method to consider. It's much gentler to the skin and the real technique using a paste removes hair in the direction of growth (unlike waxing) therefore minimizing hair breakage. Read more about hair removal methods and avoid ingrown hairs.

     

    Post Hair Removal Care

    Whatever hair removal method you choose to use, keeping your skin in the right condition will prevent ingrown pubic hairs. I'm sure you've heard it before: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    • Exfoliate. Regularly getting rid of dead skin cells helps keep hairs pointing up. Generally, it should be exfoliated once a week. How many times a week you should exfoliate depends on your skin type, the other shaving products you use, how often you shave and the season. My pick is an Ayate washcloth (compare prices) that can be used with a mild soap or body wash. It's not very pricey, is made of natural fibers, it's more mold-resistant than your standard loofah and can be thrown in with your other wash.
       
    • Moisturize. Deodorant soaps, hot water, and cold weather conditions can all cause or aggravate dry skin. So make sure to use a lotion (keep on the outside of body) after showering so skin stays soft and pliable. When skin is soft it's not an easy ground for the hair to break through. Keep hydrated from the inside by drinking water throughout the day and limiting alcoholic drinks.
       
    • Watch your fashion. You may have the body to pull off tight pants, shorts or underwear. Be aware that any type of fitted clothing around your bikini zone can encourage the hair to grow back into the skin.
       
    • Keep a bump-fighter on hand. Even with the best of intentions and working to prevent ingrown hair, there may be a couple that fall through the cracks so to speak. Just in case you see some bumps forming, have an ingrown hair product ready so that you can tackle them right away. Not only will this help avoid the bumps, but also the pimples or infection that also comes along with them.