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Shaving Myths

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Many of you have never shaved the areas you are about to have treated and are apprehensive about the effects of shaving. It is important that the laser energy is absorbed only by the hair shaft below the skin surface, therefore, shaving is a crucial part of the laser hair removal process. Waxing, threading, depilatories and plucking remove the entire hair from the follicle and the laser treatment becomes ineffective. It is a common misconception that shaving will cause the hair to change. We would like to reassure you by going over some of the myths about shaving.

MYTH: Shaving causes hair to grow faster.

FACT: Shaving does NOT cause hair to grow faster. Our hair grows at different rates depending on location on the body, our age, gender and even time of year. For example, our hair grows faster during the summer.

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MYTH: Shaving cause hair to become coarser.

FACT: Shaving does NOT cause hair to become coarser. The thickness of each individual hair is determined by the location on the body and response to hormones. When a hair is cut by a razor in the middle of the shaft, it's flat surface feels sharp. It will feel soft again as the hair continues to grow out. Also, when you shave, you are cutting the hair shaft at it's thickest part, if allowed to grow, it will be thinner and finer.

MYTH: Shaving causes hair to re-grow darker.

FACT: Shaving does NOT cause hair to re-grow darker. The color of the hair is determined by the amount of pigment (melanin) in it and bleaching is casued by the sun, destroying pigment. A hair that has been exposed to the sun is lighter. When it is shaved, the part that was not exposed begins to grow out of the skin. Since this part of the hair shaft was not exposed to the sun, in some cases it will appear darker. If allowed to grow, it will bleach out and become lighter.

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MYTH: Shaving a previously unshaven area will cause new hair to appear.

FACT: Shaving a previously unshaven area does NOT cause new hair to appear. Hair growth patterns are determined by factors such as hormones and genetic predisposition. Hair growth patterns will change over the course of lifetime. If this myth were true, balding men would simply shave their heads to make more hair grow. While there are some men that would like this to be true, unfortunately, it is not.

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