Shaving is my favourite method of hair removal because it’s quick and efficient. But a lot of women prefer to use other ways to get rid of unwanted hair because they are afraid that shaving will make their hair grow back thicker. I had heard this myth too before I started shaving but I thought I’d try it anyway. After all what was the alternative?
Waxing and epilators are painful and I don’t do pain. Depilatory creams take too long to use and they never seem to remove everything so shaving it was. And in all those years that I’ve been shaving, my hair has never ever grown back thicker. But I can see why some people think it does.
Hair only looks thicker, but it’s not
Shaving doesn’t make your hair grow thicker, it just makes it appear thicker. How is that possible? Well, the hair follicle is below the surface of the skin and when you see it grow up and come above the surface, you’ll notice that it has a fine and tapered hair. And then you cut it with a razor. This changes the shape of the hair.
The fine, tapered tip is gone and the hair now has a rectangular shape. Because of this, the hair appears to be coarser and thicker, but the thickness of the hair shaft is exactly the same. And it’s not true that hair grows coarser either. It feels coarser because once cut, the hair is really short, but if you’d let it grow, you’ll soon be able to feel how soft it is when it is a bit longer. But of course, we just shave it again before it has a chance to grow too much.
Do you shave? Or has this myth stopped you from trying?