Will Shaving Make Thicker Pubic Hair?

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Question: Will Shaving Make Thicker Pubic Hair?

Answer: In a simple answer, shaving won't change the thickness of hair. So why do many people still think that shaving will make hair grow back thicker? Basically it’s an illusion.

Why Does it Look and Feel Different?

Hair in its natural state has a tapered or beveled edge. Think: the edge of a sword. Once it’s cut, the edge is now blunt. Think of how your grass looks freshly mowed on your lawn.

When the hair grows back above the skin’s surface, not only does it feel stiffer than before, it looks thicker too. While the actual thickness hasn't changed, I can understand why the thought that hair becomes thicker after shaving turned into an old wives tale.

Pubic Hair is Unique

Since pubic hair is generally thick to begin with, it can feel stiffer than other body parts that have also been shaved. For instance, fine facial hair may feel a little differently after being shaved, but not much. Thick hair in other places of the face or body can react similarly looking thicker than before including men's facial, back and chest hair.

Will It Stay that Way?

As hair continues to grow it will soften a bit as it gains some length and can lay down flat. Also hair goes through cycles of growing, resting and shedding. The hair that has been shaved will eventually fall out in the shedding stage. Just how long it takes for all the hair to shed depends on many factors including gender, age, season, and hormone levels.

However, the new hair that grows will come back in its natural state-- with a tapered edge.

Not Just Cosmetic Differences

This blunt edge created from shaving, not only makes hair appear thicker, but also creates the right breeding grounds and circumstances for the hair to break into the skin and produce ingrown hair or razor bumps.

Learn how to do a close, safe shave while avoiding common side effects of the razor in: Shaving Pubic Hair Guide.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Pubic Hair

You're not stuck with just shaving. There are other hair removal methods like waxing, sugaring or using epilators that can also remove pubic hair safely. These options uplift the entire hair from the follicle when performed properly. If you're removing most or all of the pubic hair, then I recommend getting a professional bikini wax or sugaring. Epilators are tools that can be used at home.

Many people like these option because they provide much longer lasting results. In addition, because there isn't hair right under the skin there's no shadow that's often left with shaving. Also when it grows back, it will have its natural shape, a tapered or beveled edge. Learn more in: How To Remove Pubic Hair.