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When you shave your hair does it grow back faster and thicker or is it just a myth?

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well, don't quote me on this, but I hear that when you shave you stimulate the glands make your hair grow so it makes it grow faster and stronger, however, if that were to be true than the people that suffer from baldness could just shave their head all the time and grow a full patch of hair. :)

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Those who suffer from baldness possibly don't have the stimulate glands to grow their hair.
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The very act of cutting the hair, which is what shaving does, doesn't actually stimulates the hair root or send message to it. The only point of discussion could be the increased blood flow that shaving cause in that zone, that might affect the hair growth to some degree.
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Tis not a myth my dear child

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Hi, I'm curious, as I think it is a myth at 99%.
What happened?
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It's true my face is rough

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ford. lol
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Ok.....
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Couldn't it be that as males our facial hair is predisposed to become thicker, longer and faster growing in any case? Afterall, we start to shave as soon as our faint blonde fuzz start to become dark. If it carries on getting darker and thicker after we shave, it doesn't mean it is because we shave, it maybe just keeps getting darker through hormone action.
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Sorry, I hope you're not angry cause you have not understood.
Hope that this simple reply (not enough in itself) will help you fill the holes of my previous reply :).
In short couldn't it have been the reverse? You didn't get hairier in the face by shaving, but you shaved cause you have started getting more hair, which got thicker in the meantime.
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That is not fiction.

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well...if you've ever gone through puberty...then you will know that yes, child..yes..it's true..

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In puberty hair keeps getting dark that we shave it or not, though, we shaved it because it first becomes visible, and that is not by shaving. The same way it gets visible without us shaving it would have become further thick and dark even if we didn't shave. As happens with boy's legs or armpits, and they don't shave :).
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Quite true

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Yeah our experience says us so, but phisiologically, how and why this happens? I'm curious, how do we know the hair knows it has been shaved, and that shaving was the cause of it becoming thicker?
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I came to think an indication might be that body hair in general never exceed a determined length, it stops growing and stays this way for the remainder of its cycle.
Yet when we shave an area we see the hair there growing back as if it knows it has been cut short, so that will grow back until it reaches its max length again.
We see most unshaved body hair just doesn't grow besides the few hairs tha have been recently replaced.
Plus once shaved the hair will grow back to the same length if not longer having lost its original tapered and pointy thin end, being thick all the way this time, so maybe this could be why it really seems to become thicker :).
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It is a myth, what does happen however, is your hair grows back coarser and it only appears to be thicker, so the the ends are flat as opposed to a hair that hasn't been cut where the ends would be pointy

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its true

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So the hair know it has been shaved? I'd like to have an example, only out of curiousity.
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no sarcasm at all ;) to make it clear. I like to form an opinion/fact confronting experience.
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Hi again. but sorry about what? It's all fine :)
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Its a myth that's like saying if you cut a tree down itll grow back faster. On average your hair grows half an inch a month down shave your hair trim the dead ends

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Your hair does grow back thicker. Since you're a girl, do not shave any facial hair, and don't shave the tiny hairs on your stomach. When I was a little girl, I shaved my upper lip hair, because I didn't know any better, plus I was going through puberty, and it did grow back thick. What's even worse, is that I'm naturally tan and I'm a brunette. So, now... everytime I see my upper lip hair growing back, I have to pluck it.

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It would have happened anyway, if that is the reason.
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Myth. After you shave it seems to grow faster because you can see the length difference easier because it's nearer your skin. And it feels thicker because you have shaved of the thinner part of the hair (the ends) and you are feeling the thicker part (near the skin). Age can make it thicker, but not shaving.

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Menopause makes hair more course but with less follicles. From then onwards you get less regrowth & eventually there is no hair to grow back except on your face & that then seems to excel in appearance due to being courser. Ie elderly ladies having mustaches & beards.
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It's true

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Yep as our experience says that unshaved zones of arms, legs, eyebrows etc, have a set length of hair that is not growing, we know that some hair get replaced but we think it's only a small part of the total. If we shave a zone of hair that previously was more or less stable at the same length, we see all the hair growing back in that patch, while the unshaved hair around is still resting, so shaving primes the follicle to stop resting and start growing back as it get cut somehow, plus this hair has now lost its tapered end and growing thicker as a whole. I guess this is your experience too :).
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So unshaved hair has reached a given length, then it rests and stop growing for the rest of its life cycle, but apparently as we shave it, it stop resting and regrowth is triggered :).
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Shaving your upper lip when a female does not make it grow back thicker. You may have to do it once a week or fortnight but waxing only gives longer time between waxing cos it lifts the hair out from under the skin. Shaving only cuts it off at surface level. Plucking is weekly as that seems to stimulate the follicles because you pull one hair out at a time from below the skin as opposed to waxing which is quicker & pulls out alot of hairs per 2 inch by 3inch sections at once.

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