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Tips for Preventing Ingrown Hairs after Waxing

Blake Charles Salon
November 6, 2022

There are certain areas where most women (and some men) prefer to be hairless. There are multiple ways to go about achieving that smooth, hairless look. Waxing is popular thanks to how long the results last. No hair removal method is without its drawbacks though. One of the drawbacks of waxing is the potential for ingrown hairs. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing them.


Sometimes ingrown hairs happen because the hair gets trapped beneath the skin. Exfoliating helps get rid of the top layers of dead skin cells much faster than you would if you didn’t exfoliate. That helps hair break through the skin more easily as it grows back in. Most people benefit from exfoliating their skin 2-3 times per week. You may want to increase that frequency around your waxing appointment, making sure to be gentle and use gentle products (you don’t want to overdo it and irritate the skin). Exfoliating the two days leading up to your appointment and the three days after should help.


Moisturizing and exfoliating go hand in hand, especially when you’re trying to prevent ingrown hairs. Moisturizing your skin helps loosen the dead skin on the top, making it easier for the hair to grow through. For the best results, use a quality lotion or body oil after you shower or bathe to lock in moisture. Not only will this reduce your risk of ingrown hairs, but it will also help your skin stay balanced, look youthful, and appear healthier.


Hydration starts from within. Drinking plenty of water will help your skin stay hydrated. That makes it easier for the wax to remove hair from the follicle instead of breaking it off at the surface. When the hair breaks off too close to the surface, it’s more likely to curl under the skin, resulting in an ingrown hair. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Drink more if you’re active to replace any fluids you lose during your activity.

No one likes ingrown hairs. They’re uncomfortable and unsightly at best. Don’t let the prospect of ingrown hairs turn you off of waxing though. It’s a great way to remove hair without having to worry about things like razor burn or stubble the next day. Talk to your aesthetician to get more helpful pointers and product suggestions to avoid getting ingrown hairs from waxing.

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