Whenever scientists put this to the test, they find that hair regrowth is in no way affected by shaving, or any other type of hair removal. So why does the myth persist?
Well, it all boils down to the shape of our hair – these keratinous protein filaments sticking out all over the body have tapered ends. Stubble from shaving creates blunt ends that feel coarser to the touch, but as the hair grows out, the end tapers once again. This is why two-day-old stubble feels scratchier than a two-week-old beard, and why you might be tricked into thinking that shaving actually produces thicker hair.
Here’s a thought from the dermatologist, Amy McMichael,
Women shave their legs all the time. They would be like gorillas if the hair was coming back thicker or darker. Plus we would never have to think about hair loss on our heads if cutting the hair shaft would make it come back thicker.”
Makes sense now, right? But how about waxing and plucking?
Plucking and waxing removes the hair from the follicle at the base, meaning it will take a bit longer to regenerate and will come out with a tapered end rather than a blunt one.”
Like many bodily functions, your hair’s appearance and behaviour will reflect your overall health and your genetic heritage. Unless you have a condition affecting the skin or the regulation of the hair cycle, you can’t make it grow faster or thicker,” Vagg added.