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Home Health Library Frequently Asked Questions Shaving hair: Does shaved hair grow back thicker?

Shaving hair: Does shaved hair grow back thicker?

Contrary to popular belief, shaving unwanted hair doesn't make it grow back thicker.

Answer Section

No — shaving hair doesn't change its thickness, color or rate of growth.

Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel coarse or "stubbly" for a time as it grows out. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker.

If you notice a sudden increase in facial or body hair, talk to your doctor. This could be a medication side effect or a sign of an underlying medical condition. Your doctor might also provide advice about various hair-removal techniques.

Last Updated: December 23rd, 2021