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Derm DMs: Does Shaving Really Make Hair Grow Thicker?

From the time you first picked up a razor to shave your legs, you might have had someone (ahem, Mom) warn you about the potential dangers or mistakes of shaving. You’ve probably heard things like, shaving causes razor burns, shaving leads to ingrown hairs and perhaps the most notorious, shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. There seems to be this long-standing myth that shaving can make your hair grow back differently. To find out if there’s any truth to it, we consulted with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Miller of Schweiger Dermatology Group. Ahead, he’s doing some major myth-busting around how shaving really affects your hair growth.

Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker?

To set the record straight, shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker. “Shaving only gives the appearance of thicker hair,” Dr. Miller explains. “Normal hair tapers at the end. As this thinner end is shaved off, the thicker base is left behind, making it look thicker.”

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Source: – Derm DMs: Does Shaving Really Make Hair Grow Thicker? By, Genesis Rivas

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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