01/02/24

MYTH BUSTING: DOES SHAVING MAKE YOUR HAIR GROW BACK THICKER AND COARSER?

MYTH BUSTING: DOES SHAVING MAKE YOUR HAIR GROW BACK THICKER AND COARSER?
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The number one question we get at DERMAFLASH is “Does hair grow back thicker after dermaplaning?” Spoiler alert: The answer is no. It’s a myth that peach fuzz grows back thicker, darker or coarser after you remove it. So don’t stress, you’re not going to end up with a beard after your dermaplaning treatment. Now, let us explain why.

Does hair grow back thicker after shaving?

To answer the question “does shaving affect hair growth?” it’s helpful to understand exactly what dermaplaning is and how it’s different from shaving. “Dermaplaning is a form of manual exfoliation that also removes peach fuzz,” explains Dara Levy, the founder of DERMAFLASH. “When it’s performed in a Med Spa or a doctor’s office, a surgical scalpel is used to remove the oldest layer of dead skin cells, built-up debris and vellus hair.” When that top layer of dulling build-up and peach fuzz is removed, you’ll immediately see skin that looks smoother, fresher and more radiant.

LUXE+ Sonic Dermaplaning gives you the same fuzz-free results as traditional dermaplaning—but with even more skin-improving and safety benefits, thanks to its patented sonic technology. The sonic vibrations allow the device to glide over skin smoothly and easily, so you don’t have to worry about nicks or scrapes, like practitioners do when using an open scalpel blade. Sonic dermaplaning also helps boost micro-circulation, which supports collagen production and gives skin a healthy-looking radiance. You’ll have that “just left yoga class” glow… only there’s no class required!

Shaving, on the other hand, is not intended to have any additional exfoliating or skin-improving benefits—it’s intended to simply remove hair. Both sonic dermaplaning and shaving remove hair from skin’s surface, but there’s a crucial difference. When you shave, you’re removing what’s known as “terminal hair.” Think of the thicker, coarser hair you’d see on your scalp, underarms, or on a man’s beard. With sonic dermaplaning, you’re removing “vellus hair,” or what’s commonly called peach fuzz—the soft, fine, downy hairs you see on a woman’s face.

Image of hands using LUXE+ in Blush to dermaplane a woman's cheek with a line of peach fuzz showing.

Does Peach Fuzz Grow Back Thicker?

It’s a scientifically proven fact: Neither shaving nor sonic dermaplaning can change the hair follicle or affect hair’s natural growth pattern in any way. “You cannot change the way your hair grows by removing it at the surface,” Dara explains. In fact, there are only a handful of factors that can affect how hair grows.  A few examples: 

  • Hormonal conditions or changes: People who have a thyroid imbalance, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), new mothers or anyone entering menopause may notice changes to hair growth. 

  • Medication: Certain medications can impact hair’s natural growth cycle and change the appearance of hair. 

  • Laser treatments: Laser treatments purposefully damage the hair follicle, with the intention of preventing or inhibiting hair growth. 

    As you can see, all of these factors are internal, not superficial like shaving or sonic dermaplaning.

    The reason some people wonder “does shaving cause thicker hair?” is because when terminal hairs are shaved, they grow back with a blunt tip. So for a period of time after you shave, your hair may look thicker and coarser. “Look” is the key word here, because you haven’t actually changed the structure or condition of the hair. Think of the stubble you’d see on your legs or armpits after shaving with a razor, or the stubble you’d see on a man’s face. These hairs have a blunt tip (rather than being tapered) so they temporarily appear thicker, even though the hair itself has not been changed at all.  

    When it comes to peach fuzz, you don’t need to worry about it appearing any thicker, darker or coarser after your DERMAFLASH LUXE+ sonic dermaplaning treatment. The reason is that because vellus hairs are so thin, fine and soft, they won’t have that blunt tip you’d notice with terminal hair. “Your peach fuzz will grow back exactly as it was before you Flashed. No thicker, no darker, no different,” explains Dr. Arisa Ortiz, a board-certified dermatologist and director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at UC San Diego Health.

    So that’s it in a nutshell—dermaplaning does not affect the hair follicle, and your peach fuzz won’t grow back any differently. Flash away and experience the instant and long-term benefits of sonic dermaplaning: 

    • You’ll see smooth, glowing, fuzz-free skin immediately 

    • Your skincare will absorb more effectively without a layer of build-up and dead skin in the way 

    • Your makeup will go on smoothly and flawlessly (if you tend to notice your foundation clinging to peach fuzz, you need sonic dermaplaning in your life!) 

    • Over time, sonic dermaplaning with DERMAFLASH LUXE+ is clinically proven visibly improve skin texture and tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 

    How fast does peach fuzz grow back after shaving? 

    Let's take a minute  to address one more topic: How quickly does hair grow back after shaving or sonic dermaplaning? According to the Cleveland Clinic, the hair on your scalp and the lower part of your legs grows approximately a half-inch per month, although this varies from person to person, of course. Vellus hair will begin to regrow in about a week and takes about 3-4 weeks to fully grow back. Using DERMAFLASH LUXE+ once a week will keep your skin fuzz-free. And even better, the gentle exfoliation that sonic dermaplaning provides will help your skin look smoother, younger, glowier and more even-toned. When it comes to sonic dermaplaning, consistency is key to keeping your skin radiant and fuzz free!