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Does hair really grow faster (& thicker) after shaving?(4 posts)

Does hair really grow faster (& thicker) after shaving?js5280
Aug 30, 2001 9:28 AM
Okay, thinking about taking the plunge with shaving my legs. I've got my first century coming up and planning on doing the 24hrs of Moab (MTB of course) where I risk some leg scrapes. My concern is that it would come back thicker/faster if/when I stop. Is there any truth to this or is it just a wive's tale? Personally I have more body hair than I want already (fortunately it's blonde) and don't want to make it worse.

BTW, anyone else here doing the Emily Griffith Road Ramble in Larkspur, CO next weekend? (tween CO Springs and Denver)
if that were the caseJack S
Aug 30, 2001 9:33 AM
we'd see more bald guys shaving their heads instead of doing that nasty comb-over!
Total myth...Dave W.
Aug 30, 2001 9:54 AM
Hair is essentially dead by the time it pokes out of your skin. It has no idea whether it's been cut.
What people are seeing, and mistaking for thicker hair, is this:
Hair does not grow as a straight cylinder. It tapers out from a thin point to a thicker part, and eventually falls out, to be replaced by a new follicle. So if you cut it, what you're seing instead of the top thinner part, is a cross section of the follicle farther down, so the end looks thicker. It will look thicker until that follicle falls out and then will be replaced with another thin-tipped hair that doesn't care what happened to its predecessor.
How's that?
I hear Bernard Hinault got legs like a gorilla now..nmsteveuk
Aug 30, 2001 2:30 PM