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Medical Mythbuster: Does Shaving Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker and Darker?

This is a myth that has been around a long time…perhaps as long as people have been shaving. However, the answer is no; shaving doesn’t change the thickness, rate of growth, or color of your hair. This is because shaving has no effect on the hair follicle that grows the hair.

Shaving does give hair a blunter tip than the typical tapered end of a longer hair. This makes it feel more “stubbly” as it grows out but doesn’t change the thickness. So don’t worry about making your hair thicker or darker by shaving.

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  1. Posted by DD

    I think we believe shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker because most of us, male and female, start shaving around the age of puberty when our hair is growing thicker and darker anyway.

    March 30, 2019 6:39 am Reply
  2. Posted by MP

    Don’t believe it. Definitely grows back quicker and thicker. (From personal experience)

    March 27, 2019 11:12 pm Reply
    • Posted by Antonymous

      Hi, mp, in which way? You mean even when it fully grow back? In zones where you started at 15 or at 30? You mean the blunt cut? And how did you know how quick it grew before you shaved, hair is fully grown so it doesn’t need to grow as much as when it’s shave except the recently shed strands :).

      April 26, 2019 7:54 am Reply

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