Anagen is the growth phase of the hair follicle. It can last from two to three years. With Telogen being resting phase. This cycle lasting only three to four months. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, at any given time 90% of your hair is in the growth phase. So does shaving increase hair growth?
During the growth phase, your hair can grow a few cms per month. At the end of the resting phase, the hairs fall out. The new hair then enters the growth phase. This cycle is maintained by constant growing and shedding of hair.
It is a common belief by many that shaving your hair, scalp or facial helps hair grow back thicker and faster. This is untrue and born out of the fact that a shaved hair appears sharp and dark at the tip. The actual hair follicle, which grows the hair, is embedded deeper in the scalp. As a result, shaving your hair has no effect on the follicle.
Shaving hair doesn’t change its thickness. Neither the colour or rate of hair growth. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. This tip to the hair shaft may feel coarse or “stubbly” for a while. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker — but it’s not.
Beard hair has many different characteristics to scalp hair. But some aspects are no different, one being shaving makes no difference. Although it may appear like shaving makes the hair grow back faster it does not. It also does not make your hair come back thicker. In fact, it does not change your hair in any way, except cosmetically. Appearance can also differ as the hair that grows back after shaving hasn’t been exposed to your environment.