Shaving and thicker hair growth

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Shaving and thicker hair growthMale Standard sheds some light on why hair regrowth is faster for some guys compared to others.

More and more men are looking to remove unwanted hair. Men along with women are spending more and more money on permanent hair removal treatments, ignoring the conventional safety razor.

It’s thought that some of the attraction to remove hair for the long-term stems from the conventional wisdom that shaved hair comes back thicker and faster than it previously did. There are many teenage boys who hope for this; but, most folks know it’s just a myth. It can be pretty interesting to speculate why these beliefs continue to persist.

What determines the rate of hair growth?

Keep in mind that the rate hair grows back is determined by several factors including:
genetics
nerve function of skin area
nutrition

Understanding hair growth

When a man is healthy, the growth of hair is determined by how long the follicle stays in the growth phase. About 80% of the hair follicles are in this stage and can remain there for many years. There are two other phases of the hair growth cycle besides the anagen (growth phase):
Catagen (or transitional phase)
Telogen (or dormant phase)

There are many reasons why men lose their hair:
stress
surgery
chemotherapy

And, these occur when a number of follicles reach the telogen phase while under regulatory hormones.

Some medications – not chemotherapy drugs – have a similar effect on the follicles like:
Tricyclic antidepressants
Beta-blockers
Epilepsy drugs

There are some medical conditions where hair growth is sped up or there is a change in hair type and distribution. Repeated exposure to male hormones can cause additional hair for the face and body but less for the scalp.

Hair that now grows in this area is often darker and thicker than previous hair because androgens make the hair follicles generate a certain kind of robust hair. Under normal circumstances, hair grows back at .49 in a month for head hair. Body hair will reach a certain point, quit growing and fall out.

This perception of fast hair growth once a man starts shaving is just a reflection of being more aware and self-conscious. Plus, it’s just an illusion that hair grows back thicker and darker. There is no credible evidence that suggests this actually happens, regardless of what product manufacturers have claimed.

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Other articles you may be interested in:
DIY defuzzing
Learn how to shave your head
What causes excess hair

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Henke

    Oh wow, since he doesn’t want to shave it off I’ll give him this information.

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    I lose a lot of hair when I have a lot of stress.. :-/

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I also heard that from steroids guys loose hair.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cat

    Stress is such a huge factor in everyones lives and just shows that stress is so bad for you, would be nice if we could all be stress free :-)

    5 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    Stress….. it’s truly a bummer!

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Very scientifically informative! Thanks

    5 years ago •

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