Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Faster? (Shaving Questions Answered)

Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Faster? (Shaving Questions Answered)

Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Faster?

We hear questions like does “shaving make hair grow back faster” and “does shaving make hair grow back thicker?” all of the time. This is a belief that seems to be based off an old wive’s tale. Or at least, that’s what we thought. But is there any truth to this or is it all just lies?

Is this guide we aim to answer that question once and for all. We ask, “Does shaving make hair grow faster?” and we use our knowledge of hair, as well as the many studies performed on this subject, to determine if indeed there is any truth to it.

How Long Does it Take for Hair to Grow Back?

Before we ask and answer the question of “does shaving make hair grow faster”, let’s get one of the basics out of the way so that you have something to base it off. We have already discussed the hair grow cycle here on Hair Growth Pills. But let’s summarize quickly for you here. This will give you an idea of just how quickly your hair grows over the course of a single day, week, month and year:

  1. Hair Growth Cycle: All human hair, from the body to the head, goes through a cycle. There are three stages to this cycle; they allow the hair to grow, to die and to regenerate. This cycle ensures that the hair follicles remain strong and because the dominant stage is the growth stage, it means we always have a full head of hair.
  2. Hair Loss: Many forms of hair loss occur because of a disruption to this cycle. It may be that many hair follicles are dead, which causes an imbalance and creates bald patches. It may be that the death and the regeneration stage is much more dominant than it should be. Or it may simply be that the growth stage is not allowed to perform as it should.
  3. Rate: Everyone’s hair grows at the same rate, and this applies as much to the hair on your head as it does to the hair on your face. The reason one person’s hair may seem to be growing at a different rate to another could be because they have not reached full maturity; there is a problem with the hair follicles; or their hair is in the growth cycle for a longer or shorter time.

As far as the actual growth is concerned, we all grow around a quarter of an inch worth of hair every month.

Speeding up the Hair Growth Cycle

Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Faster?

So, if we all grow hair at the same rate, does that mean there is no way for one person to grow more or less hair than another person? Well, not quite. As mentioned above, it’s all about the hair growth cycle.

Your hair may only grow to a certain length because it quickly enters a stage of death and regeneration. If this keeps happening, and most of the long hair dies off, then it will take much longer for it to appear like you have a full head of long hair.

But by giving the hair follicles the vitamins and the assistance they need to remain in this cycle for a long period of time, then you can ensure that most of your hair stays long when it grows long, and that you reach this point fairly quickly. Of course, it works both ways as well, because if you find a way to shorten this cycle and to limit the potential of those hair follicles then you can shorten or even stop hair growth.

So, that brings us to the main point of this guide: does shaving make hair grow faster?

Let’s find out.

So, Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Faster?

We feel like we’re going to let you down. We’ve built this up and now we have to tell you that no, shaving does not make your hair grow back faster. There is no truth to this and there is no science that can even come close to backing it up. That’s because shaving only cuts the hair, not the hair follicle.

Your hair is dead. It is the follicle that does all of the work. Chopping your hair off does not alter the growth rate of the hair follicle; it does not alter the way that it absorbs nutrients, or the way that it moves through the hair growth cycle.

It’s likely that this old wive’s tale came about from mothers trying to urge their teenage boys to shave the whisper-thin hair sprouting on their upper lips, encouraging them by making them believe that doing so would cause them to grow a fuller mustache. It may be that they were hoping to scare teenage girls from shaving their underarms or body.

It could be both of these things and more. Whatever the reason behind the myth is, it’s definitely a myth, and that’s the most important thing to takeaway from this.

So, Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Thicker?

Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Faster?

So, we have established that shaving will not make make hair grow back faster, but will it make it grow back thicker? This is another old wive’s tale, and one that goes hand-in-hand with the former one. There is a little more truth to this one, but it’s still not entirely true.

Shaving cuts at an angle, which can leave the tip of the hair at a jagged angle. This angle remains, so when the hair grows it can feel coarser. This evens out in time though and is most prominent when you have very little hair on your head (or on your face).

However, there is no change to the thickness of the hair and over time, as it grows, there is no change to the shape, texture or feel of it either. As mentioned above, shaving does not attack the hair follicles, which is where the growth takes place. It merely effects the hair, which is dead and is therefore not susceptible to change.

You can use your fingernails as an example, as they are made of much of the same material and, like you hair, it’s also dead. If you cut your nails then you create a coarser edge and this can be felt as they begin to grow back. Over time, however, that coarser edge evens itself out and there is no noticeable difference. It also doesn’t grow thicker, nor does it grow longer.

So, the answer to “does shaving make hair grow faster?” and “does shaving make hair grow thicker?” is a resounding negative in both cases. Your mother or grandmother might disagree and argue until they are blue in the face, but this is an old wive’s tale through and through, and like most old wive’s tale, it has no basis in truth.

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