Does Shaved Hair Grow Back Coarser?
You’ve probably heard that if you shave hair, it will grow back coarser, darker, thicker, and/or faster. This is an urban legend, and you should ignore others who try to tell you that it’s true. Shaving the hair will never result in coarser hair, but many people suggest that, as it starts to grow back, the hair feels more coarse or stubbly. After you’ve shaved hair and it begins to grow back, it usually does feel prickly. This is because it is still relatively short; the longer the hair grows, the softer it tends to become. Women may recount how the hair on their legs before they began shaving was relatively soft, and that now it seems to be very hard and spiky. This is generally because once you begin shaving, you don’t allow for the hair to get to the length where it would naturally soften. Instead you continue to shave, so hairs growing in do seem coarser.