Does Shaving Make Hair Thicker?

The pleasures of hair removal are limitless (not!). To be honest, shaving is one of the most inconvenient and aggravating acts of personal hygiene that we choose to perform. It’s time-consuming, can irritate your skin, and the hair grows back so quickly. When you shave, it appears that you finish one leg and the hair grows back before you finish the other! While that may be overly dramatic, the point is that shaving is a chore.


Also, don’t forget about the annoyances that can occur after you’ve finished shaving. Even if you get the perfect, smooth shave (which is rare), you are almost certainly going to get razor burn or ingrown hairs. The majority of the time, you get both. Nobody wants to deal with the itchy redness caused by razor burn. Nobody wants to deal with the bumps of trapped hair that result from ingrown hairs.

If you shave anywhere on your body, you’re aware of how prickly and coarse your hair becomes when it grows back. This causes you to shave your hair again right away, despite the fact that you appear to have just done so. Obviously, once you start shaving, you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of shaving, hair growth, and shaving again. The only way to break this cycle is to either let your hair grow back and not shave it, or to completely stop it from growing. We’ll go over the latter option in greater detail later in this article.

We’re guessing you, like most people, have wondered at some point, “does shaving make my hair thicker?” It certainly appears to be that way, and it also feels that way. There is a definitive answer to this question, according to dermatologists and doctors. No, shaving does not cause your hair to grow back thicker or darker. That is certainly reassuring to know, but it remains difficult to believe.

Why does shaved hair appear to grow thicker?

Shaving, in reality, only makes your hair appear thicker and darker when it grows back. It appears thicker because it grows back as stubble rather than normal hair. Because of its texture, most people believe their hair is thicker and darker. But consider this: you just slashed the hair with a blade. As a result, a sharp edge is left behind.

Another common misconception is that it increases the rate at which your hair grows back. It regenerates at the normal rate. This is due to the fact that you are removing hair from the surface rather than the root. When you remove hair from the root, it takes longer to regrow because it takes longer to start growing again. You don’t have to worry about shaving having any of these effects on your hair, but it’s still an annoyance.

What Are the Various Hair Removal Methods?

If you’ve had it with shaving, thankfully there are other hair removal methods you can try. It is well worth your time to try out all of the different options and see what works best for you. At the end of the day, you want to find the most cost-effective and effective solution that works for you. Aside from shaving, there are three main hair removal methods. Waxing/sugaring, hair removal cream, and IPL laser hair removal are some of the methods available.


This is most likely the second most common method of hair removal by shaving. It is quick and effective, and it does work to slow down the rate of hair regrowth. Waxing involves ripping the hair out of the root with wax strips. This causes minor damage to the hair follicle, which takes time to regenerate. If you wax, you will typically be hair-free for 7 to 14 days, depending on your body.

Sugaring is a similar method of hair removal, but it employs a paste made of sugar, water, and lemon. This makes it slightly less painful than waxing, but the results are usually the same. Waxing/sugaring has a couple of drawbacks. The two main disadvantages are that it is painful for the majority of people and that it almost always results in ingrown hairs.

When the hair follicle is damaged, the hair is more likely to become trapped under the skin during re-growth. Shaving, on the other hand, only removes hair from the surface, which means there is a lower chance of an ingrown hair forming. It can also become quite costly if you have to have it done every two weeks. It will cost you between $70 and $100 per session, depending on what you want waxed.

Cream for Hair Removal

This is a less common method of hair removal that is preferred by those who are sensitive to the pain of waxing and sugaring. Hair removal cream is a very different method of hair removal than shaving or waxing. Rather than removing hair with force or a blade, the cream causes a chemical reaction that breaks down the bonds of your hair. Hair removal creams (also known as depilatory creams) essentially dissolve the hair on the surface of your skin.


Because it removes hair on the surface rather than at the root, this method is more similar to shaving. This means that it will regrow at the same rate as shaved hair. Hair removal cream is the least preferred method because it requires the application of chemicals to your skin. To ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction, always test a small patch of skin before applying hair removal cream.

While it is better for those who are pain sensitive, it may not be ideal for those who have sensitive and reactive skin. Although these creams are completely safe to use, some users have reported adverse reactions such as rashes and even burns. It is critical to follow the directions because leaving the cream on for an extended period of time can result in this type of reaction. As long as you follow the instructions and don’t have extremely sensitive skin, this option may be suitable for you!

IPL is an abbreviation for International Professional

IPL, which stands for intense pulsed light, is another option for hair removal. This is not the same as laser hair removal. These two methods achieve the same result, which is the destruction of your hair follicle and the prevention of hair growth. IPL employs a broad spectrum of light with a variety of wavelengths. This means that its light energy is dispersed rather than concentrated (allowing it to target larger areas more quickly).

This is the most commonly recommended method of hair removal, particularly among dermatologists. The hair will grow back less frequently over time, until it no longer grows back at all. If the treatment is effective, you will only need to reapply it once or twice a year for peach fuzz that grows in small patches.

What is the most effective method of hair removal?

IPL is the most effective method of hair removal. There is no other hair removal method that actually prevents body hair from growing back. The dermatologist can be quite pricey, with packages costing several hundred dollars and touch-ups costing around $300 per session. Vivre IPL Hair Removal Handset is a far superior alternative. This handset is significantly less expensive than an in-office IPL package, and it will last you at least ten years.

Our IPL device is also a painless method of hair removal. There is no downtime, and even those with sensitive skin report little to no pain or skin reaction. It is normal for your skin to be slightly red or pink for a few minutes after treatment, and you may experience a slight snapping sensation during the treatment, but that is all.

In conclusion

To summarize, shaving your hair will not make it thicker. It also does not make it darker or grow back faster. Other hair removal methods include waxing/sugaring and hair removal creams. These are not ideal because they can still cause skin irritation and ingrown hairs. IPL is the most effective hair removal method available because it prevents hair from growing back completely. Vivre manufactures the best at-home IPL device that is safe, effective, and affordable.