What Effect Does Shaving and Plucking Have On Hair Regrowth? Myths Debunked

What Effect Does Shaving and Plucking Have On Hair Regrowth? Myths Debunked

Once you reach a certain age, unwanted hairs
start to sprout out of your body. They might be on your face, your legs or any number of
other intimate places that you’d prefer to keep bald. There’s just a slight snag, most
people believe getting the razor out and shaving them off will just cause them to grow back
even faster, thicker, and darker than ever. And what about the solitary stragglers? If
you take the tweezers to those little suckers, then lots will sprout back in their place! But is there any evidence that this really
is the case? I’m Stu, this is Debunked and we’re here
to work out the truths from the myths and the facts from the misconceptions. First let’s take a look at shaving, something
I gave up awhile ago… The concept that shaving causes hair to grow
back mightier than before was put to the test way back in 1928, by Forensic Anthropologist
Mildred Trotter. Four men shaved a portion of their faces under
controlled conditions, the naturally regrown and shaved hairs were then compared, and the
study concluded that shaving had no impact on the regrowth. In a more recent study published in The Journal
Of Investigative Dermatology, Doctors conducted a study where five healthy
young men shaved one of their legs each week for several months. The other leg remained
hairy and untouched as a control for the experiment. Other than looking rather stupid in the summer
months, shaving was found to have no significant impact on hair regrowth. So where did the belief originate? Well, it
often starts during our adolescent years, when our bodies are changing and puberty begins
to kick in. Boys begin producing the first evidence of
facial hair, in the US I believe they call it ‘Peach Fuzz’, while us Brits prefer
the slightly bizarre term ‘bumfluff’. Either way after their first hazardous shave
takes place the hair usually grows back fuller, and before you know it they’ve got a full
face of hair… But this is simply a coincidence, because
the time you start shaving is also when your body is going through a series of natural
hormonal fluctuations which lead to the development of adult facial or body hair. The actual act of shaving has no bearing on
this, and this process will naturally occur at different rates for everyone. This fresh hair growth can also appear to
be darker, because it’s yet to be exposed to the sun, or the chemicals and pollutants
of everyday life, that make hair lighter. The darker appearance can also be an illusion,
as you are now seeing hairs dotted against the backdrop of your normal skin colour. So moving on from peachy bumfluff, what about
shaving body hair? Now this can be a concern for both sexes, because when you first shave away unwanted
hair on your legs, back, pits or chest then the regrowth appears to sprout back coarser
and thicker than before. This occurs because by shaving you are blunting
the end of the hairs. You see, a human hair is naturally tapered
at the end, meaning the most visible part is the thinnest part. When you shave, you
are cutting the shaft of hair at its thickest point; blunting the end. So it now temporarily
appears to be thicker, and with the hairs now sticking straight up from their follicles,
that clasp firmly around them, they also seem much more coarser than before. Joar Austad, chief physician at the Oslo University
Hospital uses this analogy: And in fact the portion of hair that you shave
off is not alive, meaning it can’t send any information to the follicle to tell it
that it’s been cut, so the follicle just continues functioning as before. Although, methods like plucking pull the hair straight out of the follicle,
so how does this affect regrowth? “I found a grey hair!” “I was going to tweeze, but if you pluck it, 6 more will come to its funeral.” The fact is, one hair follicle produces one
hair. If it appears that two are sprouting out from the same point, then it is likely
two hair follicles have merged together. Waxing can also change the appearance of hair
regrowth. As repeatedly ripping out the hair from legs and arms changes the actual direction
of the hair follicle by pulling it away from it’s natural grain. This can result in regrowth appearing fluffier
than before. Plucking out or waxing the hair will not cause
more to grow back in its place. Surprisingly, repeated plucking or even waxing can do quite
the opposite. The act of plucking or waxing tears the hair
from its root, and doing this repeatedly can traumatise the follicle. On the human head
if a hair is continuously pulled from an area, then after a while a message will be sent
to the follicle that ‘its services are no longer required’, it shrinks and then stops
growing hair, which could unfortunately lead to a bald patch. On a more positive note, according to Cosmetic Scientist Randy Schueller, plucking out a grey hair could, if you’re
lucky, lead to the replacement one being less grey, as the process that creates your hair
colour is not totally consistent from hair to hair. But generally the safest thing to do in order
to avoid damaging your hair follicle is to carefully snip it off or dye it. Ultimately, if you’re in your adolescent
years then I’m afraid that all that unwanted hair will just keep coming back but shaving
it off won’t turn you into Bigfoot.

100 thoughts on “What Effect Does Shaving and Plucking Have On Hair Regrowth? Myths Debunked

  1. My husband it's desperate for a big and notice full bear, know he's going to try beat the no shaved month…. H.e.l.p

  2. -Video last 5 minutes
    -It answers the question in the tittle in literally the first minute, then proceeds to back with facts.

  3. I hope this video is believe able and true. because I feel comfortable and confidence with my body now😍

  4. Shaving the hair, will result in tough hair whereas plucking will result in soft hair and hair grows after a few weeks

  5. i wanted beard and mustache..but im asian😂😂only tiny stubby little hair on my chin. cannot get full blown beard..i dont even have chest and arm hair😂😂😂😂 heck even my amprit have so little hair its like non existent at all…tried quite a few product that "guarantee" hair growth..lol..nothing.just a waste of money…it comes down to gene i guess

  6. Bull shit. I have wanted my moustache to grow for like 3 years and I haven’t shaved it but when i shave my cheecks and chin they grow back longer than the moustache in about 2 weeks

  7. Im already 19 but my beard looks so dumb and its like a bit of hairs here, a bit there, but im pretty sure iT'll grow properly later, BUT I WANT NOW

  8. Idk I always trim my beard and then a few weeks ago I shaved clean and when it grew back I thought it looked thicker than before and right after I had that thought I walked into a room and my friend said my beard was thicker than usual. So. Yeah.

  9. thank you sir……..because my friends keep on saying that shaving can stimulate more thicker beard growth…….and i hate to do that because i look awful without beard and mustache…..

  10. I don't want any facial hair I hate it.
    Do what should be the best solution for that and also is it better to shave our body or trim.(Plz Reply)

  11. Anybody notify that the plucking hair from root 3rd time means hair will be stop growing ? It's correct?pls anybody explain…

  12. Man wtf I barely have hair under my arm. I got pube hair fo sure doe. Little mustache hair and I’m 17 smh.

  13. @Debunked is there anything we can do to get facial hair to grow, I’m a month from 16 and I only have a small bit of facial hair but it’s not really black or red or anything you can’t really notice it but all my friends have noticeable moustaches or beards

  14. Can't wait to share this video to my teacher cuz beard is not allowed in my school and he keeps saying that shaving is good as it makes hair thicker(myth!😎)
    So im gonna end this shaving myths and give students right to grow beard 💪 a new revolution had began ladies and gentlemen…..#noshavenogainsucks

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  16. I loved having medium'ish body hair….until I got shot in the ass and caused my ass getting cysts and having surgery that left my ass crack disfigured…grrrrr!!!

  17. See the video addresses hair growth in general, while completely skipping over the growth of facial hair. Facial hair, unlike the rest of hair on a male body, has a harder time coming out due to the roughness of the face' s skin. That prevents the hair from sprouting and will leave you with a patchy beard at best and ingrown hair at worst. Constant shaving weakens the face's skin, thus making it easier for hairs to come out. At first I did not believe such a thing, but when my brother at 20 had a full beard while I still have a patchy one because I did not shave, that's when I tried shaving it again. Week after week I noticed more and more hairs popping out, all thinner than the older ones.

  18. "Once you reach a certain age, unwanted hairs start to sprout out of your body", how did you get the first 4 seconds of this video wrong.

  19. Well
    From personal experience I can tell shaving hair definitely helps get more hair in the shaved stop.

  20. Unwanted? Speak for yourself. I was thrilled when I hit puberty and started getting hairy. I'm still happy with it.

  21. Never noticed an increase of growth after I started shaving in high school. I think it's mostly a perception thing as this guy is explaining. It makes perfect sense. "I never really payed attention to it before… but now that I do OMG"

  22. the last thing will work in the middle of your eyebrows since if you have a unibrow it will make a bald spot in the middle of your eyebrows isnt that what you want? XD

  23. Im pretty sure this people dont even know how to shave like jeez you probably look like a embryo if you shave…thats why you dont.. hahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahaahahahahhahahahaha

  24. The hair on my head was too short and didn't have enough hair on my chest… so they shaved my arms for a drug test. T_T I feel neked

  25. Just a simple question, i am a 17 year old with just barely visible mustache and chin beard, if i shave can it grow darker and faster!?

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  27. Mf that think shaving makes it grow more and darker are pretty dumb sincenu shave it leaves the hair point dull so it looks thicker

  28. I literally hade the razor ready, and out of no where I thought to search about whether or not it would grow back thicker (moustache). And seems like it does.

  29. There are way too many variables to even test this out. Such as – as you get older, the thicker and denser your hair gets. Even with shaving everyday for three years, it may not be the shaving everyday that got you all that hair within three years. It could be because you’re just older.

  30. I wax my facial hair. Ive been waxing my beard for about a year and its way better than shaving. I bit painful still but its worth it.

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  32. Goddamnit… I WANT FACIAL HAIR… But it just won't grow… I'm already 20 years old and I look like a 15 year old with my ridiculous stubble some very little chin hair.
    What do?

  33. I too once believed that shaving didn’t help your beard grow until I started shaving the peach fuzz I had and WALAAA. Coincidence I highly doubt it. My father didn’t grow a beard untill his mid 30’s. We’re 21 years apart, genetics from my mom 🤔 not likely.. none of my biological grandparents had facial hair

  34. So as someone with trichotillamania, I now have another reason to stop plucking out my hair. Thank you for this information!

  35. I have doubts about the last claim. Plucking hair does not cause the follicle to stop producing new hairs. I've been plucking my ear hairs every week for almost 30 years, and they're as thick and as numerous as ever.

  36. When I was a teenager, I had difficulties to grow a beard. My parents thought that because I shaved myself "too early", my hairs didn't had time to "mature" long enough and I would always have a "pre-teen" beard.
    At 18, my classmates called me Hagrid because I had even more beard than a Dwarf. ^^

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