Does Shaving Really Make Hair Grow Back Thicker?
Contrary to popular belief, the notion that shaving hair will make it grow back thicker is actually anything but true? According to studies conducted in 1928 and 1970, shaving any part of the body does not result in a change in its color, texture, growth and neither does it change their width or rate of growth. Granted the studies were done one 4-5 men, but neither one of them showed any signs of thicker hair?
Why Hair Appears Thicker
The reason why hair appears thicker after shaving is because of the blunt angle at which it has been shaved off. When using a razor, the blade cuts the hair at an angle and once the hair resumes growth, it is the thicker hair that is closer to the shaft of the follicle that resurfaces, showing a cross section of the hair that was shaved off, hence appearing thicker and darker.
How the Myth Started
Perhaps the myth comes from the fact that when we prune plants, they grow new branches and thus the same analogy was applied to shaving. However, this is not the truth at all as each hair comes from an individual hair follicle which is in the middle layer of our skin, where they hair grows out from.
How to Get Smoother Skin From Shaving
In order to get a closer and smoother shave, without feeling like the hair is thicker there are a few things that you can try.
- Don't overuse your razor. Using a sharp razor will give you a cleaner shave and will shave of more neatly.
- Exfoliate gently before and in between shaving sessions to get rid of dead skin cells as well as getting rid of ingrown hairs.
- Use a moisturizer or shaving cream to smoothen the hairs so they will shave off smoothly.
- To keep your skin soft, neat and supple after shaving, apply a moisturizing lotion, especially on damp skin. Some lotions that will help after shaving include Nature Republic Soothing and Moisturizing Aloe Vera 92% Gel or the Black Food Nutry Cream by Gray Melin which will both provide moisture and sooth your skin after shaving.