To say that waxing isn’t my favourite hair removal method would be an understatement. It’s way too painful for a wimp like me (I don’t even tweeze my eyebrows because that hurts too much, ahem).
But if it could make my hair grow back thinner, I’d suck it up and do it anyway.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?), that’s just a myth.
WHY WAXING SEEMS TO MAKE HAIRS GROW THINNER
If you’ve ever looked at the tip of a hair, you’ll know it’s fine and wispy.
When you wax, (or tweeze, for that matter), you pull out the entire hair, root and all. Once that’s gone, the hair follicle gets to work and starts creating a new hair. There’s no point in telling it you don’t need that new hair. You’ll get it anyway.
This new hair is growing back from scratch. So, when it reaches the surface, that’s exactly what you see. A thin tip.
But when you shave, you only remove the tip. The rest of the hair, which is thicker, will keep growing back from where it was cut off. That’s why it looks thicker.
At first sight, the new waxed hair looks thinner than the “new” shaved hair. But, if you were to measure their widths (I know, only a weirdo would do that) you’ll find that they are exactly the same. Thinner at the tip, and thicker at the shaft.
The Bottom Line
If you like waxing, keep doing it. But if you’re thinking of starting because you heard it makes hair grow thinner, don’t bother. That’s just a hairy myth.
Do you prefer to wax or shave?