As an Indian woman who needs to make an effort to regularly get rid of body hair, we are sure you’ve experienced your share of ingrown hair. And as a result, we’re sure you know just how tempting it can be to pick at those irritating little red bumps, but unfortunately, this only makes matters worse. So what can you do to prevent them from occurring?

Ingrown hair is a common problem that comes along with any temporary hair removal process and dealing with it seems to be extremely annoying. But do not lose hope because just a few simple steps can help you avoid ingrown hair forever.

3 steps to avoid ingrown hair forever

Exfoliate

By far, the best way to avoid ingrown hair is to exfoliate. When you exfoliate, you get rid of dead skin cells and built-up oil that clog your follicles and cause the hair to grow back into the skin. Use a loofah in small circular motions on your skin, starting from your feet and working your way up to your body, being very gentle around sensitive areas such as the bikini zone. This shouldn’t take a lot of time, but this simple routine goes a long way to help avoid ingrown hair.

3 steps to avoid ingrown hair forever

Choose the right hair removal method

In order to get rid of ingrown hair, resorting to a permanent hair removal method like laser is one of the most effective options. However, if you’re sceptical of taking this route, stick to the traditional methods of waxing or shaving. If you prefer shaving, the best way to do so is to use a sharp razor and shave in the direction of the hair growth i.e. down your leg rather than upwards.

Since waxing removes hair from the roots, it’s important to exfoliate regularly to keep the pores clean. Make sure you heat up the wax before using it as heat causes the pores to open up and makes the hair removal process easier. 

3 steps to avoid ingrown hair forever

Moisturise

After removing hair, don’t forget to thoroughly moisturise your skin. New hair can grow out of the follicle evenly when the surrounding skin is soft and hydrated. For best results, apply a fast-absorbing and nourishing moisturiser onto damp skin immediately after shaving.