From threading to epilation, waxing to plucking, creams to your trusty razor, choosing a hair removal method, for the most part, all comes down to personal preference. The problem is, every time you banish those pesky whiskers they seem to grow back faster, thicker, and stronger than before. While it might feel like a never-ending battle, know that there are a few hacks to make your hair grow back thinner. You know, if hair removal is your thing, of course.
Kurt Stenn, a biologist with 30 years of experience studying hair growth, tells Business Insider the idea that hair actually grows back thicker is a myth. Stenn says, "The bottom portion of the hair shaft that's shaved is already thicker." That part that gets shaved first is also the first to emerge as it grows back, so it's deceiving. And according to Cosmopolitan, anytime you see a noticeable difference in your hair's appearance when it grows back, it's likely due to hormonal changes and little to do with the hair removal method you chose.
Of course, how your hair grows back depends largely on where it's located. For instance, if you wax you change the scope of how the hair can re-grow. Once you've begun getting the hair waxed — which is pulled at the hair bulb in the opposite direction of growth — the hairs might come back less dense over time, because the bulb is damaged during the hair removal process.
If you're looking to get your hair to grow back thinner, here's how to get the ball rolling: