This is a common claim, but it’s taking an observation that is often true and blaming it on epilation. Here’s the real scoop.
By the time you decide to epilate hairs, they have gradually gotten thicker and/or darker over time. After you epilate them, you have a period of clearance followed by a resumption of the growth at the same thickness as before.
Two things may make it appear that the hair is coming in thicker. The time when the face was totally clear will make regrowing hairs seem as if they are coming in faster and stronger. In addition, thicker hairs will appear first and be more noticeable as they grow, so you’ll think it’s all coming back thicker.
In summary, what appears to be thicker hair caused by shaving or epilation is an illusion caused by the sudden removal of hair followed by regrowth that suddenly seems thicker than you remembered.
The opposite illusion happens when balding guys shave their heads. It they let it grow back, it appears much thinner to them, because the gradual loss was not as noticeable. The hair regrowth forums constantly have to answer the question “Will shaving make my hair thinner?” Here, we get the opposite question.
Waxing can have an effect on the amount of hair that returns, but the increase or decrease would probably be almost unnoticeable.
So, no worries about that waxing you just did-- just stay on top of that regrowth and you’ll be fine!
[ July 14, 2002, 03:00 AM: Message edited by: Andrea ]