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How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

5 Easy Tips For Preventing Ingrown Hairs

Ah, ingrowns. They're painful, they look unpleasant, and they have a nasty tendency to show up in your most sensitive spots. Especially since bikinis and short-shorts are only a few weeks away, there's no better time to find out how to prevent them from happening. Yani Cifuentes, a waxing professional from LA's Stark Waxing Studio, talked to me about what we can do to keep ingrowns from rearing their ugly heads. To get her advice, just keep reading.[/break]

What's the best way to prevent ingrown hairs?
Dry exfoliation. It removes the dead skin cells without irritating the skin. You can use a brush to do it, or there are also creams at your waxer's with pineapple enzymes you can use.

How long should your hair be before you come in for a wax to avoid breakage and ingrowns?
At least a quarter-inch, or go at least three to four weeks after your last waxing. And don't shave — shaving just takes you back as if you'd never waxed at all.


How do you develop multiple hairs that get ingrown in one pore?
Usually it's because one hair was coming out, but you tried to pluck or remove it when it was too short, so then another starts growing underneath. That's why it's necessary that you never pick at a small hair or an ingrown — it's much better just to exfoliate.

Where do people most commonly develop ingrowns?
On the sides of their legs, from wearing pants that rub, and along their underwear lines, for similar reasons. Any rubbing or friction can start an ingrown.

What should you do to keep yourself from getting ingrown hairs right after a wax?
Wait two to three days before you wear a thong, and use a cream like Bikini Saver ($20) to keep irritation down.

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mercibeaucoup1 mercibeaucoup1 7 years
Oh gosh, ingrown hairs are the worst. I've never waxed before because it sounds painful but I shave alot down there in the summer && it's never a cool thing once the hairs start growing back because I get a lot of irritation. I might try waxing this summer though && see if it's better than shaving. I've never thought of dry exfoliation before though. I might have to give that a try too.
alexask alexask 7 years
anonymous, i get those sometimes, i think it's just the way it's growing, it's still bad though! i do the same thing you do - wax and shave (with an electric bikini razor) in between. if i were you i would get a preventative regime going, cause from my experience the more damage control i try to do on my own, the worse it will get. everyone's body is different, so i would see a cosmetologist or dermatologist to see what products work well for you in getting those away.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
I shave using her conditioner (I'm still a wax virgin!) and I have not had any problems with in grown hairs at all.
tatsauce tatsauce 7 years
InternGal - Ingrown Central...Hahha! Me too! It doesn't help that I have keratosis pilaris too but that's a whole other issue. I've never done dry exfoliation either...sounds painful. I've been using exfoliation lotions from Paula's Choice, the beta hydroxy one. Makes the skin softer, haven't noticed a change in ingrowns yet but it's only been a few days.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I have a couple of them too Anon. I use TendSkin once a day (usually before bed) and it is literally the only thing that has ever helped with the ingrowns, especially in the summer when I seem even more prone to them. It's seriously a lifesaver.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
the first time i got an ingrown bikini hair I had NO idea what it was, simply because I'd never ever, anywhere on my body, had an ingrown hair before. So i googled 'red spots or bumps groin painful' and got pages of results on STDs. I literally thought my life as I knew it had just ended. So I waited a week because I had no other 'symptoms', then the bump just went away, but I still spoke to a friend who clarified it all. I've since medically confirmed both that I am STD free, and that ingrown hairs can occur in the bikini zone. oh, and that googling anything medical will result in a symptom of an STD or cancer.
InternGal InternGal 7 years
starbucks, if you have hair that goes on to the inside of your upper thighs it can happen ._. I never considered dry exfoliation before, will definitely try it out since I'm ingrown central "down there".
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Okay, bikini makes sense...but short shorts should not so short your pubic hair is showing!
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