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One of the most pervasive shaving myths of the beard growing field is that using a razor every day would stimulate beard to grow back thicker, darker, and faster.

Ask almost anyone about how to get a beard fast, and you’ll get an answer like this:

“The more you shave the more it grows…”

Even though there’s some logic behind that, it’s still a myth, here’s why:

Does Facial Hair Grow Faster if You Shave?

man shaving his facial hairIf the “shaving every day makes hair grow faster” myth would be true, most men would be able to grow full beards.

This is, however, not the case, as shaving does very little to stimulate beard growth.

It may seem like that at first, as the freshly cut ends of the facial hair will feel denser, and shorter stubble always feels like it’s thicker than it really is when you let it grow longer.

But in reality, no matter how often you shave, the facial hair follicles will sprout new hair at the same rate.

More specifically, your beard follicles will pump out hair following the normal hair growth cycle, going from growth phase (anagen) to transition phase (catagen) to resting phase (telogen), before returning back to the growth phase.

Shaving doesn’t (unfortunately) change this cycle, or increase the growth phase, or alter your beard growth stages in any way shape or form.

The only things that work to actually increase the hairs in the anagen phase and stimulate beard growth are minoxidil, micro-needling, proper micronutrient balance, and androgens.

In fact, shaving on a daily basis can lead to itchiness and beard rashes on the facial hair area, which can get inflamed and result in damage to the follicles. So I’d argue that it’s likely more harmful than helpful for boosting growth.

human facial hair growth cycle
This is the human hair growth cycle, and shaving doesn’t alter it.

Conclusion on Shaving and Facial Hair Thickness

Does shaving make hair grow thicker? No.

Does shaving stimulate facial hair growth? No. Marginal improvements due to increased facial area blood flow can slightly help, but not in a way most people tell you.

If shaving doesn’t help, what does?

The only proven ways to stimulate facial hair growth are;

  1. Minoxidil, which works not only on hair but also on beards.
  2. Using a Derma Roller on Facial Hair area to Boost Circulation.
  3. Increased androgens, which are the hormones that fuel beard growth.
  4. Proper micronutrient balance, to lay the ground-work for facial hair growth.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have believed it does all my life. At the beginning of this post i still had this feeling that my thoughts were right. Thank you for clarifying this

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