There are many men & women that believe that we can solve our unwanted hair problems by attempting to remove these unsightly, out of place hairs particularly on the eyebrows, face, & chin by plucking them out by the roots via tweezing, waxing, & sugaring. Surely, this will solve our despicable, unwanted, current hair-growing problem forevermore!
Alas, to the utter dismay and horror of the individual they mistakenly in time realize that they have now an even bigger hair problem than the hair growth they originally had in the beginning. Granted, when we remove unwanted hair say by tweezing, it does take longer to grow back than if we were to shave it off at the skin level.
However, what we don’t realize is the fact that “repeated epilations eventually cause most hairs to regrow more quickly and to become darker, coarser and more firmly rooted.”* Only a fraction of all tweezed hairs are ever permanently eliminated. Thus those who tweeze are in for a greater hair problem than what they had before they originally tweezed; rather than solving the problem, we are in fact worsening it!
The reason for this is that the body treats these epilations as an injury and hence increases blood supply that flows to the area causing the accelerated growth of the tweezed hair. Each time a hair is tweezed out of its follicle, a good portion of the bottom half of the follicle is torn out. The damage does not sufficiently prohibit future growth of the hair but instead causes the follicle to reconstruct itself more robust & sturdier with a better-developed capillary network system. Over time what may have been a few annoying hairs will have become a vast patch of thriving, darker, coarser hairs bristling in defiance of our attempts to eradicate them.
Now that you are armed with this new knowledge of hair growth, let this information motivate you to make the solemn obligation to never pluck another chin hair ever again! Always remember my mantra, if you pluck one hair, two will arrive for the funeral.
* HINKELM, A. R. Electrolysis Thermolysis and the Blend the Principles and Practice of Permanent Hair Removal. 1968.