Let me help shed some light on this. But first, I need to establish that knowing the correct way to shave (Quick & Classic Shaving Tips), is the #1 step to reducing ingrown hairs.
So let’s begin.
Two things you MUST stop doing!
- Shaving against the grain
- Following the trend of multiple blade razors (all have lift-cut engineering)
Why? Because both practices promote a smoother shave by cutting the hair “below“ the skin line. However, the main objective in reducing ingrown hairs is to control the hair. And, the only way to control the hair is for you to see it.
Most men that suffer with ingrown hairs have curly or wavy beards. These beards grow at an angle out of the skin anywhere from 0 – 40 degrees (very low to the surface). So your best bet is to shave in a way that will keep the hair “above” the skin line.
- Shaving with the grain
- Less is more…blades that is.
- Try single or double blades – more control in customizing the length of the beard.
- Consider razor blades with guards that prevent the hair from getting cut too close (ex. Bump Fighter razor blade w/ Bump Guard)
- Replace often – use same razor no more than 3 times
Try electric shaving
- Foil electric shavers that allow you to shave with the grain (for ex. Braun)
- Trimmers (T-Outliners by Andis or Taler Trimmers by Oster)
There are quite a few post shave products on the market that are designed to assist in remedying this issue as well (i.e. 3-in-1 Post Shave, The Cool Fix & Bump Patrol). However, as I stated earlier, knowing the correct way to shave is the first step.