Does dermaplaning make your hair grow back thicker?

If you’ve removed hair on any part of your body; either via waxing/shaving or threading methods, you’ve more than likely been told that you’re making the hair grow back thicker and darker. From mothers, to depilatory marketers, everyone has their reasons for warning you not to try certain methods of hair removal, or tell you that if you do, you’ll have to implement hair removal techniques more often to ward off the impending fur. It just so happens that this is false. It’s a myth that the majority of hair removal techniques make your hair grow back thicker and darker. We’re about to explain why - with science!

How does hair removal work?

If hair removal made hair grow back thicker, everyone would want to get rid of the hair on their head. So to understand why hair removal doesn’t make your hair thicker, you must first know what’s included in the process. Take shaving for example. It’s just using a blade to slice off the hair strands just above the epidermis (the top layer of your skin). But your hair starts deeper than that, in the dermis. Shaving is at the surface: you can’t change the makeup of your follicle. If you notice thickening (or thinning) of the hair follicle, it’s likely due to ageing or nutritional changes. It has nothing to do with shaving or how often you shave.

Why is stubble thicker than regular hair?

The truth is, it isn't. It’s not pointed. The proteins in a hair strand taper off, but stubble is the cut end of the follicle being pushed upward from new growth deep in your skin. The reason that hair doesn’t do this after you wax or tweeze is because with those methods, you’re ripping out the entire hair from the base. As it grows upward from the dermis, it tapers off before emerging through the epidermis.

Is waxing better than dermaplaning?

Any hair removal method will have little effect on overall hair growth, texture, and regrowth colour. Studies have proven this. Remember, waxing and depilatories remove hair follicles at the base, which makes your skin hairless for longer. Regrowth is inevitable. There’s some evidence that repeatedly ripping out the hair follicle might cause lasting damage (who knew?), but hair is resilient. More often than not, it’s going to come back — and just as your genes dictate, it will come back the same as before. Why not skip the pain and mess of waxing and depilatories and use simple hair removal techniques, instead? It’s easy and cheap, and as we’ve proven with science, it does not make your hair thicker and darker. Plus, with new methods of dermaplaning, you can now use cheaper techniques for your face, to clean up micro-hairs and dead skin. It’s also easier to remove undesired facial hair, especially around the brows.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning offers a huge variety of benefits to your skin, making it a must-try treatment. By gently stroking the skin with your dermaplaning tool, it effectively exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells that can cause dullness and clogged pores. This process reveals a fresh, glowing complexion that feels incredibly smooth to touch. What's even better is that dermaplaning is suitable for sensitive skin, providing a safe and painless way to achieve that radiant glow you've been dreaming of. So, if you're looking to revitalise your skin and bid farewell to those pesky dead skin cells, dermaplaning might just be the perfect solution for you!