Shaving Hair: Does Shaved Hair Grow Back Thicker?

Does shaving unwanted body hair make it grow back thicker and darker?

Answers from Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.

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.

Updated: 2017-11-10

Publication Date: 2017-11-10

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