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Is Waxing Responsible for Thicker Hair Regrowth?

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Waxing is an epilation technique used to eliminate undesired hair from the body. Although hair may appear to regrow more densely and coarsely after waxing, the process causes hair to thin without altering its rate of growth or thickness.

Understanding Hair Structure

The dermal papilla initiates hair growth, as described by Michael Rendl, Lisa Polak, and Elaine Fuchs in Genes Development: "Hair follicle formation commences when epithelial stem cells receive signals from specialized mesenchymal dermal papilla cells." The hair root grows from the bulb situated at the follicle's base, while the hair's visible part is the shaft. Hair growth starts deep below the skin's surface long before it becomes visible.

The Waxing Process

The waxing procedure involves applying warm wax to the target area in the direction of hair growth. A thin muslin fabric is pressed onto the wax, forming a connection. The waxer then swiftly pulls the muslin strip in the opposite direction of hair growth, effectively removing the hair. A gentle oil-based solvent, similar to baby oil, is used to eliminate any remaining wax residue.

Waxing Effects

Waxing has both immediate and long-term consequences. The direct impact of waxing is damage to the hair bulb, which supplies nutrients to newly-formed and established hair. Persistent waxing can lead to permanent hair bulb damage. Hair will not grow from a damaged hair bulb, resulting in reduced hair growth as a long-term effect of waxing.

Advantages of Waxing

There are several benefits to waxing. Compared to shaving, which only removes hair at the skin's surface, waxing extracts hair below the surface. This means waxed hair takes longer to regrow, and you will eventually have less hair. Additionally, waxing eliminates the risk of cuts from shaving, which can potentially cause infections.

Hair Growth Facts

On average, most hair grows half an inch per month. Factors such as hormones and genetics primarily determine body hair's color, thickness, length, and location. However, certain medical conditions or medications can also influence hair growth.

While waxing may give the impression that hair grows back thicker and coarser, it leads to thinner hair over time without affecting the rate of growthor thickness. Waxing offers numerous benefits, including longer-lasting results and reduced hair growth in the long run. Although hormones and genetics primarily determine individual hair growth patterns, waxing remains an effective and popular method for managing unwanted body hair.


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