Wednesday, 10 April 2013

BEAUTY MYTH: Shaving makes the hair grow back quicker and thicker...

Every time I hear this it makes me cringe! Shaving does not make hair grow back thicker or any quicker. It may appear thicker but this is due to the hair being cut at an angle when you shave opposed to a hairs natural tapered end.
 Also I feel once you have shaved you notice the hair growth easier as you are more aware of it appearing and growing than when it is left to do its thing undisturbed...if that makes sense.

Waxing on the other hand pulls the whole follicle out (or should!) meaning any regrowth will have the natural tapered end unlike shaving.

But if you do not believe me let science debunk this old wives tale!

Children's health researcher Rachel C. Vreeman and assistant professor of pediatrics Aaron E. Carrol put this myth to rest:
Strong scientific evidence disproves these claims. As early as 1928, a clinical trial showed that shaving had no effect on hair growth. More recent studies confirm that shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. In addition, shaving removes the dead portion of hair, not the living section lying below the skin's surface, so it is unlikely to affect the rate or type of growth. Shaved hair lacks the finer taper seen at the ends of unshaven hair, giving an impression of coarseness. Similarly, the new hair has not yet been lightened by the sun or other chemical exposures, resulting in an appearance that seems darker than existing hair.

Beauty myth: Shaving makes the hair grow back quicker and thicker is busted!

Do you know any myths that prove to be wrong? 

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