Even though our world has finally started accepting that women also have body hair, most of us are still pretty inclined to remove it. However, there are several hair removal myths that have been circulating on the internet for a long time and a few of us believe these myths to be true. We think it’s high time that we debunk these myths for you so that you can carry on your hair removing journey without any misconceptions.
So, let’s look at 5 common hair removal myths and debunk them once and for all.
1. You Can Tweeze Out Your Stray Ingrown Hairs
No, don’t make the mistake of tweezing out your ingrown hair, no matter how unsightly they might look. Squeezing, picking on, and tweezing an ingrown hair can cause skin irritation and in the worst case, it might lead to skin infections. If you really hate the look of ingrown hair, then you can try going for laser hair removal.
2. Your Hair Will Grow Back Thicker After Shaving
There is simply no truth in this statement; hair strands do not grow back thicker once you shave them off. What really happens is that once you shave your arm, leg, or even facial hair, they grow out with a blunt tip, which appears and feels thicker than the tapered look of natural hair. It does not in any way mean that your hair has somehow magically grown thicker overnight; it’s just the tip that is making you believe this common hair removal myth.
4. You Should Always Shave Against Your Hair Growth
While it’s true that if you shave against your hair growth, you will get a closer shave, it’s entirely alright if you want to shave in the same direction as the hair growth – for instance, down the length of your arm. In fact, if you are susceptible to getting ingrown hair, you should probably shave in the same direction as the hair growth as that causes less irritation than shaving against the hair growth.
5. Laser Hair Removal Is Permanent
As sad as it is, this common hair removal myth is not true; laser hair removal is quite effective, but it works differently for different people. You have to undergo quite a few treatment sessions that will gradually decrease your hair growth, and even then, you might experience re-growth if you don’t go for follow-up maintenance sessions. So, the best way to look at laser hair removal is not as a permanent hair removal solution, but as a hair reduction treatment.
6. You Shouldn't Shave Between Laser Treatments
While it is true that you shouldn’t wax or tweet your hair in the middle of your laser hair removal treatment, there is no harm in shaving them before your treatment. Waxing removes the hair from its follicle so it leaves nothing behind for the laser to treat. This is not the case with shaving; when you shave, the base or root of your hair is still safely tucked inside the follicle for the laser to treat. So, shave away without any worry!
Now that you know the truth behind these common hair removal myths, you can ease up and continue removing your body hair the way you want.