We've all hair that from our mothers: “Don't shave, it''ll only make your legs hairier!” But can shaving really make your hair grow thicker?
Growing up I had to endure countless sessions of waxing because I had been taught that shaving would only make my hair grow thicker and that it would also make new hair grow. So I believed in it without questioning this affirmation until I finally got laser hair removal.
Let's separate fact from myth.
Can shaving really make your hair grow thicker?
In short, no, it can't. When you shave your hairs, the only part of your hair that is removed is the shaft, the hair follicle remains untouched and it is in fact, the hair follicle that determines how thick your hair is going to be, and there is only one thing you can blame for having too much or too thick body hair: Genetics. Your genetics determine just about anything that has to do with your body, and there is little you can do about it.
But seriously, if you shave your body hair does feel thicker, why?
All that being said, when I finally shaved for my first laser removal, I did notice my hair appeared to be, well, thicker! So why is that so? When your hair grows naturally, the tips of the strands are thinner, but when you use a razor to cut the hair, the texture of the hair changes, making it blunter and giving it the appearance of being more abundant or thicker.
The bottom line
While you can choose whether to remove your body hair, and there is no shame in that, you can also choose to remove it. If you are not on the hairy side, shaving is practical, inexpensive and quick, but I always say that the best inversion I did was to get laser hair removal.