Hi 🙂 hope you’re having a good week! As promised, I’m back with the third post in my Subscribe to Smooth Challenge series. Shaving is a painless, easy and quick alternative to waxing, either when you’re hard-pressed for time or just every time you need to get rid of body hair! Now I know that it’s not easy to switch to a completely new way of body hair removal, and so I will tackle all the myths associated with shaving one by one. Last week, we talked about how shaving does not cause dry and flaky skin. This week, we’ll discuss one of the most common myths which is about hair growing thicker after shaving. Read on to know more!
Dr. Rashmi Shetty, renowned dermatologist, had this to say about hair growing thicker after shaving. “The length, thickness and growth rate of body hair is unique to every person,” she said. “Some have thick, coarse hair, some have fine hair and for some the hair grows back quite fast while for others it may be slow. But what shaving does is it removes hair at its base without going to the root. It helps remove dead skin cells and exfoliates the skin, but in no way can it scientifically even have an effect on the thickness of the hair that grows after that.” She also added that if any woman sees an abnormally thick growth of body hair, it could be a hormonal imbalance as well.
When I began the challenge, this was one point that I had been skeptical about earlier, because beauticians I met at beauty parlours would ask whether I shave (I have naturally dark/coarse body hair) and then when I said it was my usual growth they’d be confused. There is this misconception about hair growing thicker after shaving, that razors cause darker/thicker hair growth especially in our country. It’s a little strange don’t you think If that were the case, wouldn’t the faces of our brothers, fathers, boyfriends and husbands er..disappear under a thick layer of hair with the number of times they shave their stubble every week?
Last week, I shaved with the Gillette Venus razor (shop here), and the Gillette Satincare shave gel (shop here), and had smooth skin throughout the week. My hair has started to grow back now, and I see tiny hairs on my leg that have gradually begun to appear, meaning I need to shave again soon. However, the thickness and colour of these hairs is no different from what it was before I shaved.
Have you ever noticed those tiny raised bumps that appear on your skin when you get waxed? There was none of that when I shaved with Gillette Venus. I also kind of get why the misconception exists, because hair grows back after a longer time with waxing. Since it grows back at a faster pace, people assume it’s grown back thicker, when it actually hasn’t!
So if you were shying away from shaving for this reason, don’t worry. It’s completely safe to shave and my personal experience with my 3rd Subscribe to Smooth challenge was that my hair growth looks just the same, and it’s totally fine to shave your legs, arms and bikini line. If you would like to try it and see for yourself, or ask any questions, feel free to comment below. You can also check out the Gillette Venus Facebook app for more facts and info on shaving!