Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker and faster? Is it better to wax?
Does Shaving Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker and Faster?
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Old Wives Tale
Studies have shown that shaving has no influence on density or thickness of the hair. After all the follicle is quite a bit deeper than the skin surface.
I believe this fiction stems from the onset of shaving occurring basically at the same time as the need to shave. As we approach and then propel into the teen years the terminal hairs darken and coarsen. This results in a need to shave. There is then the perception that shaving causes the changes in the hair
Similarly, if a woman begins to develop darkening hair, more hair or coarse hair, the cause is hormonal; not because she began to use shave as a remedy to a more hirsute appearance.
Further, the act of shaving, causes the hair to be struck at an angle, making the hair feel sharper and more coarse.
Myth of shaving hair association with increased thickness & increased growth
This is a BIG myth & it is very difficult to make almost every patient to understand that there is no relation of shaving with increased growth/ or increased thickness of hair.
No matter, we shave or trim hair, it does not have any effect on its root deep inside the skin & the genetics which define the hair growth & hair thickness.
It is just a feeling that after shaving, base of the hair feels like more strong & broad for the short time but it is of same size & thickness as before.
Shaving is important before LASER as it helps to decrease chances of burning of skin.
-Dr. M. Khawar Nazir
Shaving does not cause a change in hair.
Shaving has earned this mythical reputation because natural hair left alone has a soft tip and has been exposed to light for a while, making it potentially lighter in color. Newly grown shaving stubble has a blunt end from the previous shave, and is just emerging into the light of day so it is as dark as it will ever be.
Do not be afraid to shave.
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Shaving and excess hair.
Fortunately, you can shave, pluck, wax or nair unwanted hair, without causing more unwanted hair to grow. Think about it, with 75% of men experiencing some degree of permanent hair loss (male-patterned baldness) at some point in their lives, all they would need to do is shave their heads periodically to grow more hair. It just doesn't happen.
Shaving does not make your hair grow faster or thicker
It is a proven fallacy. Testing has shown that the growth of hair is not thicker or faster once shaving begins. Many patients prefer to wax as it gives a smoother result and lasts longer than shaving.
Shaving has no impact on hair growth or density.
Shaving Does Not Make Your Hair Grow Thicker or Faster
Shaving and hair growth
Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker nor faster. Shaving only affects the hair at the superficial layer of the skin, so it can't influence how it grows and it does not alter the actual follicle of hair beneath the skin. The hair follicle stays intact. Initially, when the hairs are growing out after shaving, they can appear/feel thicker due to the hairs growing out from the base. Once the hairs fully grow out to their original length, they should have the same thickness prior to shaving.
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