Does hair really grow back faster,thicker and darker after shaving?
“Should I shave, wax or use an epilator?" "Will the hair grow back thicker and faster if I shave it?” "My mum always said shaving makes it worse!"
Who hasn’t asked these questions before? Every woman wants silky-smooth skin, after all!
However, many women think that shaving their hair will make it grow back thicker, darker and faster. But is this common opinion a fact or myth?
The Truth of the Matter
Thanks to scientific studies. we know now that this is indeed a common shaving myth. In a study, published in 1970, five healthy young male volunteers shaved one leg weekly for several months while leaving the other leg as a control. The study found no significant differences in the hair width, coarseness or rate of growth. According to Amy McMichael, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health said, “People are just not very good observers, but there’s just no science behind hair growing back thicker.” Hair regrowth is not affected by razors.What happens is that, when shaved off, the shape of the hair ends become blunt. So when you touch it, it feels coarse — similar to a man’s beard stubble — but returns to its normal tapered shape once it grows out. Again, This is the same reason that slightly longer beards actually feel soft to the touch.
When you cut or shave any part of your hair growing from outside your skin, that hair is already dead. It cannot be affected anymore. It is for this very reason that shaving doesn’t have any effect on the way your hair grows back. The only exception to this is when young men undergo puberty, and the hair that grows back after shaving is slightly thicker. This is due to hormones.
Although women who shave their legs may feel “prickly” the day after, it is just the stubbly ends. After a couple of days, you will notice the hair returning to its naturally smooth feeling.
Keep in mind that genetics have a lot to do with hair growth. If you have a family history of thick, dark hair, then it’s likely that no matter how you choose to remove your hair, it will eventually grow back thick and dark.
"Women shave their legs all the time. They would be like gorillas if the hair was coming back thicker or darker," dermatologist Amy McMichael tells Dina Fine Maron at Scientific American. "Plus we would never have to think about hair loss on our heads if cutting the hair shaft would make it come back thicker." So let us put the myth to rest and Happy grooming!