I’m a guy with too much body hair. The hair on my legs and chest, I can pluck myself using a special very wide tweezer that pulls many hairs at the same time. But I can’t do that with my back hair because I can’t reach it. So I’ve started having my back waxed, now about 4 times already.
The hair grows back very quickly. I usually feel stubble within a few days. I’ve begun wondering about the wisdom of the usual waxing procedure of pulling against the direction of growth.
Isn’t pulling against the direction of growth more likely to break the hairs than pull them from the root? It also seems likely to inflict small cuts in the skin.
Why do waxers pull against the direction of growth? What is the evidence to back up this procedure?
I am hoping that with continual waxing, the follicles will get damaged and stop growing, but this hasn’t happened yet. They keep growing back, on both my back and on my legs and chest, where I pull with the direction of growth.
I have also always heard that hairs go into a 3 month rest cycle after they’re plucked, but this seems false too. They start growing back very fast, within a week or two.
My observation re plucking is that, when you pull with the direction of hair growth, you are more likely to pull the hair with the hair bulb attached than you are if you pull against the direction of hair growth. That doesn’t seem to stop regrowth, but at least the results last longer than breaking the hair shaft.
Now, if pulling against the direction of hair growth was more likely to damage the follicle and stop growth permanently, that would be a good reason to do it. Is that the case?
So can someone explain how pulling against hair growth became the standard, and why? Thanks.