Does Shaving Make Facial Hair Thicker? This and Other Shaving Myths Busted

An expert tells you what you need to stop believing in right now!

In the lockdown, you must have figured the importance of shaving. It’s the easiest and quickest way to remove facial and body hair. And women resorting to shaving isn’t anything new, Marilyn Monroe was believed to be a fan of face shaving. But in recent times, shaving got a bad rep and there are several myths doing the round. Asawari Pawar, CMO of LetsShave, says “The hair removal ritual is an integral part of every women’s hygiene. However, over time, several misconceptions have raised doubts in the minds of women about the aftermath or the long-term consequences of shaving.” She dispels a few myths below.

Myth: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker, faster, and darker

Fact: This statement can’t be farthest from the truth. In fact, it is the genes that are responsible for your hair growth and hormonal changes, and eating habits are the factors that can only stimulate them. 

When you shave, the hair is usually cut from the skin’s surface and not uprooted, unlike waxing. This may make the surface appear darker or thicker when the hair grows back. Nevertheless, once the hair grows out, it will have the same texture as before.

 

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Myth: Pressing hard on the razor will result in a closer shave

Fact: Many believe that putting pressure on the razor can give finer shave results. In reality, you will probably end up with multiple nicks and cuts. Instead of experimenting with the shaving technique, use a sharp razor blade.

Myth: Shaving the same area repeatedly will give a closer shave

Fact: Always remember to timely change the blades of your razor. If your razor cannot remove hair properly with one or two swipes, it means the blade is blunt. No amount of pressure or repeated attempts on the same spot with a blunt blade will give you any cleaner results, but you will end up with skin irritation and rashes. 

Myth - Using shaving foam/cream isn’t necessary; soap will work just fine

Fact: Shaving gels/foams/creams were invented to help retain the moisture and provide a buffer so that the blade can glide smoothly on the skin. It is obvious that a simple soap isn’t ideal for all purposes. Using soap or just plain water while shaving can result in dry skin, irritation and redness. So, buy a reliable shaving gel/foam/cream. 

Myth - Only shaving causes ingrown hair and folliculitis 

Fact: Ingrown hair usually appears when dead skin clogs the hair follicle. It can occur from any form of hair-removing process. The only way to get rid of these problems is to exfoliate the skin on a regular basis. In fact, exfoliating the skin before shaving can help you address this problem. Shaving with an unhygienic blade containing bacteria or bits of dead skin can result in folliculitis.  

Myth - Shaving every day is bad for skin

Fact: Shaving is, in fact, the easiest way to remove hair and get rid of dead skin as well. Shaving regularly can actually reduce the chances of ingrown hair, which is a win-win situation. 

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