True or False: If you shave, your hair will grow back thicker?

Many people believe that removing unwanted hair with methods such as shaving, waxing or even plucking will cause the hair to grow back thicker and stronger. This simply is not the case. There are several reasons why this myth continues to flourish and today were debunking these myths!

The first reason is that humans are not actually very good observers. This limitation on our perception of hair growth causes us to think and see that hair is growing back thicker than it was before you removed it.

The second reason is the power of coincidence. For example, if a young girl shaves her legs, the shaving may overlap with the timing of natural hormonal fluctuations in her body that are developing hair, not because of her hair removal. Hair growth occurs at varying times for each individual.

The third reason this myth is false is that when hairs grow through the surface of your skin and become visible, they may appear darker. This is because those hairs have not yet been exposed to pollutants, chemicals and the sun. This darkening of the hairs is not likely to last very long.

Reason number four suggests that the very act of cutting a hair may make it appear thicker for a short period of time. When a razor slices away the tip, it may seem the remaining hair is thicker or even darker than it was before the cut. The tapered hair you had is the hair you'll get back unless you are undergoing Laser Hair Removal treatment where hair follicles are damaged, causing some to stop growing.

In saying this, there are also genetic or hormonal influences that can affect the growth of unwanted hair. When visiting LHR At The Bay or On Unley, you will feel safe in the hands of fully qualified nurses who hold their laser safety certificates. These nurses are not only trained on the LHR equipment but are also medically trained to understand any underlying medical conditions that may be affecting your unwanted hair growth patterns or concerns.

For further information please contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly nurses today.