The short answer is yes, beard growth gets thicker when you shave. This is because shaving removes the top layer of skin and hair from the face. The exposed follicles then produce a fresh new batch of beard that’s a little coarser than what was there before.
However, shaving doesn’t affect how thick your beard will grow over time. It just makes it more coarse in the areas where you shaved off some hairs. There are also many other factors that can cause your beard to grow differently or faster, such as genetics and hormones.
Table of Contents
- Does shaving stimulate hair growth?
- Does shaving dry out my skin?
- Does using trimmer increase hair growth?
- Does shaving against the grain make beard thicker?
- Does shaving every day make your beard grow thicker?
- Does shaving increase the risk of ingrown hairs?
- How fast does facial hair grow back after shaving?
- Is it normal to see hairs on your chin and jawline?
- Does not shaving make your beard thicker?
- What stimulates beard growth?
- How can I thicken my beard?
Does shaving stimulate hair growth?
No, facial hair doesn’t grow from thin, flimsy strands of hair. Instead, the hair growing on your face is part of your epidermis, a layer of skin that’s composed of keratin, a tough protein. If you shave the top of your face, you’re essentially chopping off a little bit of epidermis. The scalp remains intact and the hair on your head still grows long and straight.
Does shaving dry out my skin?
Not exactly. Shaving typically doesn’t dry your skin out at all. The process only cools your face and ends up making your face and skin feel smoother. When it comes to shaving, you probably wouldn’t want to do it with an open flame.
Does using trimmer increase hair growth?
Trimmers are basically extensions of the beard or moustache that can be plugged into them. Many people shave with them everyday without noticing the difference. However, that’s probably because trimmers are rather lightweight.
Most men only need to use them a few times a week, so they might not notice how they can make a big difference in how they look. Studies have found that using a trimmer to remove a lot of hair at once can stimulate growth.
It may also cause the follicles under the skin to produce more hairs. This can cause more hairs to form around the newly lost follicles. This helps them regenerate and stay alive. If this is your reason for using trimmers, then take it slow and gently.
Does shaving against the grain make beard thicker?
Beard growth occurs on an upward pattern, with the skin on the front of the face growing forward and the skin on the back of the face growing backward. The area between the front and back of the face is called the collar bone and it’s the area that tends to grow faster than the rest of the beard. It is the hair in this area that will eventually turn into a full beard.
When shaving against the grain, you’re actually pushing the hair on the back of your face back instead of pushing it forward. By using this method, you’re going to cut the hair at the back of your beard at an angle, causing it to grow in a different pattern.
This causes the hair in the back of your beard to grow slightly faster than the rest of the beard. However, this won’t make your beard thicker or grow faster.
Does shaving every day make your beard grow thicker?
Your body has an upper limit for how much growth each follicle can do. When you stop shaving every day your skin will stop producing the pore material that feeds the follicles. As a result, the follicles will slowly stop producing hair, and your beard will become thin and flaky. Shaving doesn’t affect how long your beard will stay as thick.
Does shaving increase the risk of ingrown hairs?
There is a short-term risk, but shaving doesn’t cause ingrown hairs. If you shave too close or shave in the wrong spot, you can accidentally puncture the follicle or hair follicle, causing it to bleed.
This causes a small irritation that leads to inflammation and small red bumps. These bumps can become infected and then turn into an abscess.
How fast does facial hair grow back after shaving?
Shaving or not, facial hair on the face will return within about 3 weeks. The beard that is directly behind your ears or mustache will regrow first, then more hairs on your cheeks. If you keep the hair on your cheeks or mustache trimmed down, the hair on the rest of your face will regrow at a slower rate. Shaving makes this process more noticeable as a result.
Is it normal to see hairs on your chin and jawline?
Some people do have hair on their chin and jawline. This is called “superfacial hair” or “bull nose”. If you’re one of these people, you can keep it trimmed and still have it look good. However, it’s best not to force it. It’s better to let the hair grow on its own. Also, don’t try to hide your face under a scarf when you’re out in public.
Does not shaving make your beard thicker?
When you go through life without shaving your beard, it starts to go down in length. So it doesn’t seem to be growing as fast as when you go through the routine of shaving twice a week.
However, many guys, including myself, try to get rid of their scraggly beards by not shaving for a while. This is actually a terrible idea because it will only make the beard begin to get thinner instead of thicker.
So, while you could grow a thicker beard by not shaving, you probably shouldn’t, if you want a full beard.
What stimulates beard growth?
Maintain a beard by trimming it regularly and brushing it regularly. Also, any conditioning hair products that you use will only help things along a little, unless they are specifically designed to build beard thickness.
How can I thicken my beard?
Wet shaving or mixing and using various soaps, creams, and shampoos can help to thicken your beard. This is because the combination of various agents makes the follicles grow in a more uniform manner.
So if you want to thicken your beard faster, use more of a particular product. For example, the first things I add to my beard oil or balm is a combo of shea butter and cocoa butter. When combined with carrier oil such as coconut oil, these ingredients create an additive that increases the surface area on your beard where the follicles can grow.
The increased surface area stimulates the growth of the hairs and makes it thicken.
In the end, the choice you make will be based on your lifestyle and health. If you have a big rig that you have to shave every day, then it’s advisable to shave your beard. If you don’t, you won’t be shaving it for much longer. Either way, be consistent and you’ll be happy with the results.