Dispelling the Myth: Does Shaving Really Make Hair Grow Back Thicker?

The world of hair removal is filled with myths and misconceptions, especially around the idea that shaving makes hair grow back thicker.

For us ladies, navigating through various body hair removal methods can be overwhelming, so let's separate fact from fiction and delve into the science behind shaving and address the age-old question: Does shaving really make hair grow back thicker? 

The Science of Hair Growth:

To understand the body hair phenomenon, let's first explore how body hair grows.

Hair growth occurs beneath the skin's surface in the hair follicles.

When you shave unwanted body hair, you're cutting the hair at its thickest part, which is why it might feel coarser when it grows back.

However, the good news is that shaving has no impact on the actual thickness or density of the hair follicle itself.

Dispelling the Myth:

Contrary to popular belief, shaving various areas of your body does not alter the hair's texture, thickness, colour or rate of growth.

The misconception was debunked by clinical studies in 1928* and likely arises from the fact that shaved hair has a blunt edge, which can give it a stubbly feel as it grows back.

This myth is not unique to women; men have encountered similar myths surrounding shaving for decades.

Why Does It Seem Thicker?

The sensation of thicker hair post-shaving can be attributed to the hair's natural growth cycle.

When a hair strand exits the skin's surface, it has a tapered, finer tip.

As the hair grows and is exposed to environmental factors, such as sunlight and friction, it can become damaged, leading to a finer appearance.

When you shave your legs, underarms, bikini area, toes or anywhere else on your body, you're cutting the hair at its base, removing the damaged portions and exposing the thicker, healthier part of the hair strand.

How long does it take for shaved hair to grow back?

Shaved hair typically grows back at an average rate of about half an inch per month. However, the rate of hair growth can vary depending on various factors such as genetics, age, and overall health.

Top Shaving Tips for Women:

Exfoliate Before Shaving:

Gently exfoliating the skin before shaving helps remove dead skin cells, ensuring a smoother shave and reducing the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

If you're into a natural exfoliation experience, and like the idea of using the loofah plant to gently buff away dead skin cells, check out the Body Buff Duo.

Use A Quality Female Razor:

We can't say this enough — Invest in a high-quality razor for women. 

Using a premium female razor, especially a reusable razor with moisture cushion, can help minimise irritation and achieve a close, smooth shave.

The benefits of using a top-shelf female razor include less irritation, longer lasting smoothness and a more enjoyable shaving experience with less nicks and cuts. Not to mention, less plastic waste than disposable razors. 

Hydrate and Moisturise:

Hydrated skin allows for a smoother more comfortable shave. Shaving sensitive skin can cause irritation and razor burn, which can be painful, so the more hydration the better. 

It's important to use a sharp razor blade alongside a Shave Cushion or shaving cream. This extra layer of hydration helps protect the skin and delivers a smoother than ever shave experience. 

Follow up with a quality moisturiser to keep your skin soft, nourished and extra smooth. 

Use Fresh Razor Heads:

Avoid shaving with a dull blade. Dull razor blades can lead to skin irritation and razor burn as well as nasty nicks and cuts. 

Whether you’re shaving your bikini line, legs, armpits or anywhere else, a fresh razor head helps you get the best results possible with fewer side effects.

Does shaving make hair grow back thicker?


So, in a nutshell, does shaving make hair grow back thicker?

No, shaving does not make hair grow back thicker; it's simply a matter of perception.

Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently grab your favourite women's razor and choose shave care as your preferred method of personal grooming without fear of undesirable consequences.

Remember, each woman's body is unique, and finding the right hair removal method for you is a personal journey.

Happy shave days! 


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