Beauty Myth Buster: Does Removing Facial Hair Make It Grow Back Thicker?Missy Pink Pistachio
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Facial hair. It’s no secret — we all have it. It doesn’t matter if you’re blonde, brunette, or a redhead. It’s time to come to terms and accept the facts, friends! Yes, facial hair is a natural part of life! Although we all have it, not all facial hair is created equal — some have darker, more coarse hair, while others have ultra-light, fine hairs. Either way, it’s there, and if you don’t think so, I dare you to go real close to a mirror with good light and take a close look (don’t be scared)! Unless you have a health condition that keeps your hair from growing, the chances are you will see fine, peach-fuzz-like hair along your cheeks, chin, and above your lip.
Although facial hair is completely normal, it’s not the cutest — thankfully there are many ways to remove this unwelcome hair … my recent favorite being facial shaving! Ahh! I know … don’t be freaked. If you haven’t heard of this, you probably think I’ve gone off the deep end. But just hang-in here with me, because it’s one of my best-kept secrets.
Believe it or not, there are loads of benefits related to removing your facial hair besides actually getting rid of the hair itself. One of the biggest benefits to facial shaving is exfoliation. Facial shaving is like a mild, girl-on-a-budget alternative to dermaplaning. It removes the top layer of dead skin cells like no other exfoliator, which results in smoother, tighter, glowing skin. Plus, when your skin is smoother, your liquid and powder makeup applies and sets more flawlessly.
But what about all of the old wives’ tales and myths that say removing hair, especially facial hair, causes it to grow back thicker and darker? Well ladies, I’m here to tell you this is absolutely FALSE! According to Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D. shaving does not in fact alter the color, thickness, or rate of hair growth. Hallelujah! When we shave, we are just scraping the surface of our skin, creating a blunt tip. This blunt tip is what creates the common misconception that hair grows back thicker or darker because it might appear to be more noticeable. Dr. Gibson assures the only reason your hair chemistry could change would be from a separate medical condition or side effect to a medication. So shave away, ladies!
As far as razors go, the one and only ones I will ever use are the Tinkle eyebrow/facial razors. Yep, Tinkle. Don’t let the name throw you off, these dainty pastel razors are perfect: they have just the right amount of sharpness, a built-in guard to get the job done safely, and are as cheap as can be. Now I beg of you, please please please do not use your regular body razors for your face … trust me, it’s not a good idea! They are not meant for your precious face and are too harsh, creating more opportunities for cuts and razor burn (uh, no thank you)! Stick to razors that are meant for the face or eyebrows and you should be safe. Stay tuned for tips, tricks, and a tutorial on how to shave your face with grace!