deBUNKed: Shaving (or Waxing) Makes Hair Grow in Thicker and Darker
Everybody knows that shaving (or waxing) makes your hair come in thicker and darker!
Everybody is wrong, but nobody ever lets that get in the way when repeating this tired old myth. Fact: It takes science to change hair composition, not magic.
Ah, the things mom didn’t know.
Let’s get scientific for a moment. If you have ever gotten a permanent, you are aware of the long, lengthy, and smelly process it takes to change the appearance of your hair. While waxing can sometimes thin your hair, there is no possible way that razor is going to somehow change the chemical composition of your hair.
It takes a two step chemical process just to get your hair to retain a semi permanent curl, and that only lasts until your hair grows out. Even just getting a temporary curl to stay in your hair requires heat or moisture to retain the curl, and those effects only last a short time.
There is no possible way that a tiny little razor is going to have a permanent effect on the chemistry of your body, it just isn’t going to happen.
Your hair grows at different rates, so there will be minute variations in lengths and ages of the individual hairs. This is why cutting a babies hair often makes it seem thicker… because you have evened up the random lengths. The myth that shaving can thicken your hair is simply an illusion created when we shave the fine tapered tip off of an individual hair, leaving a flat blunt tip for a time. It looks darker because it hasn’t been bleached by the sun and the environment yet.
Those fresh new baby hairs look different because you are used to seeing older more refined hairs… give it time and they will all look the same again. If shaving hair actually changed the chemical composition of our hair every bald person in the world would swear by it…
So, please, for the love of God, just get out a razor and take care of those mustaches ladies. There really is no need to suffer anymore.