Hair removal is a common part of modern beauty routines, with both men and women shaving the hair on their legs, faces, armpits and other areas.
Despite us all shaving so regularly, there is a myth surrounding hair removal that refuses to go away: that hair grows back thicker, longer, stronger, darker and faster when it is razored off.
If science has debunked this myth since as early as 1928, why does it remain so pervasive?
Hair has a tapered end and wide base, so when it is shaved at the skin, it creates blunt ends which look and feel coarse and thick to the touch.
This also occurs when using hair removal creams.
It’s this observation which leads people to believe it is growing back thicker. As it grows, the end slowly wears down and becomes tapered again.
Further, shaving only removes the “dead” portion of the hair, leaving the living follicle intact. This means that it can’t affect the rate or type of hair growth.
Alternatives to shaving
Many people swear by waxing, epilation, and even laser hair removal, which all claim to target hair at the follicle.
Waxing, plucking, and epilating are often praised for their ability to change hair, making it grow back sparser and thinner. Research suggests this is down to how we perceive the hair coming out with a tapered end rather than a blunt one.
If your skin and hair type is appropriate for laser removal, only then might you experience finer hair after several treatments.
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, if you notice a sudden increase in your body hair, consult with your GP. This can sometimes occur because of a medical condition or a side effect to medication.