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Shaving hair: Does shaved hair grow back thicker?

Shaving hair: Does shaved hair grow back thicker?

Contrary to popular belief, shaving unwanted hair doesn''t make it grow back thicker.

QIs it true that shaving unwanted body hair makes it grow back thicker and darker?

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AAnswer Section

No — shaving hair doesn''t change its thickness, color or rate of growth.

Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel coarse or "stubbly" for a time as it grows out. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker — but it''s not.

If you notice a sudden increase in facial or body hair, talk to your doctor. This could be a medication side effect or a sign of an underlying medical condition. Your doctor might also provide advice about various hair-removal techniques.

2014-11-11

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