How to Manage Ingrown Hairs

However you choose to groom your body hair and skin is up to you— as long as you make sure you’re keeping your skin and hair or hair regrowth soothed and moisturized to prevent ingrowns. We get asked a lot if we recommend waxing or shaving as the best method of hair removal. There are a variety of methods out there, and there’s not necessarily one that’s better than the other— it all boils down to preference. While neither may be “better,” necessarily, there are definitely pros and cons to both… and we always want to avoid the dreaded ingrown situation.


The case for shaving

Shaving can be considered the ‘easier’ option: it’s what you were likely taught to do when you were younger and doesn’t require an instruction manual— and it’s more economical. You can shave anytime and as many times as you want, even if you just shaved this morning, whereas you have to wait to wax again until your hair is about ¼ inches long. As long as you have a new, sharp blade and shaving products you trust (Marie Veronique Shave Prep is a great product for shavers, because it contains willow bark that penetrates deeply to soften hair follicles, while lactic acid exfoliates), shaving really does work well for most, no questions asked.


The case for waxing

Enter the power of waxing. While waxing can definitely feel more painful than shaving is for some people, it’s more effective long term: shaving only removes hair for 2-4 days from the surface level, whereas waxing pulls off the top layers of skin, meaning it will take longer for hair to grow back because it’s been pulled out from the root. It’s a two in one: a strip of wax removes hair and dead skin. Some estheticians say that waxing can slow down the rate at which hair grows back in general, which means smoother skin for longer periods of time, without all the extra effort that goes into shaving every few days. 



Having your cake and eating it too

A universal reason people love waxing is for the silky smoothness it provides immediately— but one of the reasons behind the silky feeling is due to the removal of dead skin. If you prefer to shave, you can replicate that feeling with an exfoliant like Lesse Refining Cleanser, which will also help prep the skin for shaving and prevent ingrowns from cropping up afterwards. Be sure to use BEFORE you shave, not after ;-) #iykyk

Regardless of which hair removal process you prefer, make sure you’re stocked with everything you need to take care of your skin to prevent any irritation. 

For too long, products that were meant to target ingrowns were unnecessarily harsh, filled with alcohols, acids, and other chemicals that overly dried out the skin. Ingrown Hair Concentrate by Fur stands in opposition to those products, proving that you can not only get rid of ingrowns, but soothe and soften the skin as well. 

What does Ingrown Hair Concentrate do?

Every package of Ingrown Hair Concentrate includes a textured finger mitt in addition to the serum. The textured finger mitt is meant to gently brush away dead skin and debris, which often are the culprits behind clogged pores and ingrowns. The Ingrown Hair Concentrate is a soothing serum meant to immediately calm red, irritated skin, and help dry out excess sebum that’s trapping ingrown hairs underneath the skin. 

What is Ingrown Concentrate made of?

Ingrown Concentrate is 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free and facial-grade, and both dermatologically and gynecologically tested. It’s also free of mineral oil, silicones, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or artificial dyes, and packed with high quality ingredients. Take a closer look:

Coconut Oil
In 2019, few people are unaware of all the incredible benefits of coconut oil. We use it in Ingrown Concentrate because it deeply penetrates the hair follicles to eradicate dryness, while speeding up the skin’s healing process by softening ingrown hairs so they can easily slide out of the skin.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a key ingredient in almost all the products in the Fur line, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a powerful antimicrobial essential oil that eliminates excess sebum in the pores to prevent ingrowns and speeds up the skin’s healing process. In other words, it replaces the need for alcohols and acids, which overly dry out the skin. 

Tamanu Oil
Tamanu Oil is an incredible antimicrobial oil derived from the tamanu nut that’s packed with moisturizing omega fatty acids and antioxidants—so not only does it soften skin, it promotes new, healthy cell growth.

Chamomile Extract
A natural antioxidant that calms the skin to soothe redness. One of the oldest known remedies for irritated skin.

How do you use Ingrown Hair Concentrate?

Ingrown Hair Concentrate works its best when paired with the exfoliating finger mitt. In the shower, use the finger mitt to exfoliate, focusing on any areas you know you’re prone to getting ingrowns. Hang the mitt up somewhere so it can fully dry, and machine every so often to make sure it’s squeaky clean. Out of the shower, apply a few drops of the serum to any bumps or irritation you’re dealing with.

Ingrown Concentrate is great for ares redness, including pubic area, underarms, legs, brows, upper lip, and chin. 

This Journal entry was written in part by Meena Butler for