July 7, 2009

Shaving Myth: Beard Grows Thicker with Frequent Shaving

whiskers1.jpgOne persistent myth about shaving is the idea that your beard will grow thicker the more often you shave it. This myth has probably led to more money being plopped down by teenage boys for razors and shaving cream than any advertising campaign run by grooming products companies, but unfortunately for the boys, it's not true.

According to a piece in AARP Bulletin Today:

"It only appears that hair is thicker after cutting because the proximal shaft [the part of the hair closest to the skin] is thicker in diameter." - Robin Ashinoff, M.D., director of Dermatologic, Mohs and Laser Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center

"Once it has been shaven, the hair will regrow with a blunt tip, which creates a more stubbly and rough feeling. Shaving changes the hair shaft, which grows outside the skin, but doesn't change the hair follicle, which determines the hair's length, girth and color" - Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., dermatologist at the Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, CA

But will American teens believe it if it hasn't been tested by Myth Busters?

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Posted by Derek Markham at July 7, 2009 7:00 AM
Recent Comments

The only rubbish is yours, sorry for having to say it :(. But at 13 you shaved because you had more visible hair though just peach fuzz than at 12, it increased without having you shaved it hence your need to shave it, why in 3 years you think you have a full beard because you shaved and not because you are growing up and your hormones. Be logical.

Posted by: Anto at November 12, 2011 7:37 AM

It is true, when I was 13 I had a little bitt of light hair, shaved that off. Done this till I was 14. I am now 16 and have an almost full beard and am envied by my peers. So you are talking rubbish.

Posted by: Richard at October 13, 2010 2:54 PM
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