Ever since the ritual of hair removal began, the thought of the hair growing back thicker, coarser and darker has been a great concern for most people. Because of this fear, friends will warn each other about waxing and using depilatory creams for their armpits or wherever else, but nothing could be farther from the truth. That hair grows back thicker and darker than before is a widely spread myth. But why does this myth continue to flourish? And exactly what happens after you sugar? Why are the results for shaving different from those of sugaring?
Some reasons why hair regrowth may appear thicker and darker:
Your human hair is like a pencil; it has a tapered end. Shaving trims off the tapered end so hair that emerges afterwards has no taper. As hair grows back, the sharp edges are what makes it appear thicker and coarser but in reality, nothing changes about the pigment and thickness of your hair. Still on this, hair may appear thicker when it’s shorter than when it grows and becomes longer because shorter hair is less flexible.
Overlapping of hormones
If, say, a teenager shaves their armpits at around the time of puberty, their hair may grow more abundantly causing them to adopt the myth. But this could simply be an overlap of hormones because naturally at this age, the body experiences increased hormone (androgens) levels causing terminal hair to grow in certain parts of the body (scalp, face, armpits and pubic area). Unlike vellus hair (the small hairs that cover the entire body) that are thin, short and light-colored, terminal hair is long, thick and more pigmented. So if an adolescent shaving or sugaring overlaps this maturation process, the hair regrowth may appear thicker and more abundant.
Do you get the same results with sugaring?
Essentially, No. sugaring is a relatively painless, semi-permanent way to remove the hair by pulling it out from the roots. This method leaves you hair-free for up to four weeks. Where shaving gives the appearance of a fluffy regrowth, sugaring causes hair to grow back thinner and lighter. Regular usage will noticeably reduce hair growth and the re-growth takes longer to appear and is considerably finer. For this reason, when you sugar regularly, you will eventually have barely noticeable hair whether in the armpits of any other parts of your body. So if you want an itch-free, great-looking appearance that lasts longer, ditch those razors and trimmers and opt for a hair removal method that deals with the roots. Bare Body Sugaring is proud to offer a gentle and natural hair removal.