What Can I Do To Rid Vaginal Ingrown Hair?

How to avoid ingrown vaginal hair
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Because the hair in the pubic zone is curly and usually thick, it has a tendency to turn back into the skin when growing. Ingrown hairs can happen without doing any type of grooming. Although, most of the time it’s when the hair begins to grow back after removing it that the redness and bumps rear their ugly head.

Here are some tips to help prevent and treat this unwanted, but very common side effect, when using the most popular hair removal methods.


Shaving is one the most go-to methods for this zone as it's quick and easy. Hair naturally has a tapered edge, meaning the hair gradually decreases in its thickness towards the end like the shape of a blade of grass or sword.

Shaving creates sharp edges on hair when it's cut. This sharp edge makes it easier for the hair to pierce the skin and grow back into it. Our step-by-step guide to women’s intimate shaving contains tips for a close shave, including how to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs.

Waxing and Sugaring

Waxing and sugaring are both supposed to remove the entire hair from the follicle, which is why the results can last so much longer than shaving. Sometimes, though, the hair is broken above or below the skin's surface as it's being uprooted. Just like shaving, these sharp, broken ends create a breeding ground for hair growing back into the skin.

Cleaning up the hair outside your panty line is fine to do on yourself at home.

By following the directions to our at-home bikini waxing, you’ll lessen the breakage with the right skin prep, wax and application instructions. If you want anything more than cleaning up your bikini line, you should make an appointment with a pro that is experienced and skilled in bikini and Brazilian waxes.

If you go to a crafty tech that uses sugaring paste, you'll have the best chances of avoiding hair growing back into the skin. Why? The paste removes hair in the direction of its growth, unlike waxing and sugaring gel, which both remove it in the opposite direction. When working against the grain of hair growth, there's more chance of it breaking.


Epilators use tiny tweezers or coils to uplift each hair out of its follicle. We went over how waxing and sugaring can break hair causing a sharp hair end, creating grounds for ingrown hair. There's more chance of breakage using an epilator, even over waxing and sugaring, because hair isn't always taken out at the perfect angle with these devices. 

There are many brands and models. Of course, this has a bearing on how much breakage, if any, is part of your personal experience. There are more ways to beat the battle of the bumps with these tools. 

Prevention and Treatment 

If you’re in need of help fast, reach for an ingrown hair fighter (see our list for the top products) but make sure to keep it on the outside of your body only. You may also have some ingredients in your cupboard that you can use as home remedies and save money (read recipes).

And there are other simple things you can do like exfoliating regularly and using a moisturizer to prevent the bumps from appearing in the first place.