If you’ve ever experienced hair loss to any extent, I’m sure a trusted family member or a good mate has told you “just shave it all off, it’ll grow back thicker”.
Despite this being a common belief, this myth was proved wrong by a clinical study almost 100 years ago in 1928.
So how does this hair myth continue to live on?
This may be due to the fact that the regrowth of hair after shaving often has a different appearance.
Unshaven hair has a finer, blunter tip which has been worn down over time. When you shave your head, you’ll see the coarser base and not the softer, thinner part that will eventually grow back.
New hair may also look darker. This is partly due to its thickness, as hair at the base of the hair shaft is naturally thicker than at the ends. It may also be because the new hair hasn’t yet been exposed to the elements such as the sun, soaps, and other chemicals.
The dark shade of hair regrowth may also be more noticeable than you’re accustomed to. If you have lighter skin, you may notice new hairs even more. This all has to do with the colour contrast. It isn’t attributed to the shaving process whatsoever.
Another point to consider is that when you shave your hair, you’re slicing off dead hair at the surface of the skin and not the living section below the skin's surface. Since shaving doesn’t remove hair under the skin like other hair removal methods do, it’s impossible for you to affect its thickness or rate of growth.
If your hair is starting to recede or thin out on top, you can forget about shaving your head, unless that’s the new look you’re adopting. Enduring a temporary buzz cut in anticipation of a fuller, thicker head of hair will only result in disappointment.
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