Why Does My Leg Hair Grow So Fast? (Does It Really?)

Does your leg your really grow so fast or is it just a myth

I’d like to welcome you all to the wonderful thing that is hair on different parts of your body! Sometimes there’s just more hair in certain areas than that you would like to!

Legs for me are an example of that. I don’t hate it, but I rather have it be shaven off as soon as I feel that there is a hint of growing hairs.

Freshly shaven legs give me a sense of sensuality and womanhood! But often find myself wondering why my leg hair grows so fast! Can you relate to that? If you can, here is the answer!

why does my leg hair grow so fast?

First, let us debunk the myth that your hair grows back thicker after you’ve shaven it! You might have the feeling that your hair is thicker after you shave but this is not true.  It is not true when you shave your legs, not true when you shave your bikini area, and not true for other parts of your body.

When you shave your leg hair with a razor, you cut away the hair from the surface of the skin but you do not remove the hair entirely. 

Now you might get the feeling that it grows back thicker, but this might be so due to the blunt end from where the razor cut the hair. But to make it crystal clear:  No it is not thicker.

But it seems to grow back thicker!

This is the second myth we’re going to debunk today! We are on a roll here! Some things in life are better to know the truth of than to just ignorantly go to live pretending you know the truth.

Does shaving make your hair grow back faster? No, you shaving your leg hair for example does not make your hair grow out faster.

How fast your hair grows back on different parts of your body is entirely dependent on your genetics! This is also the case with your hair texture. Some people just grow hair quicker and thicker than other people. 

To give you an example, a person who has thick and darker color hair might need to shave more often than people with fine and lighter colored body hair.

Why does my hair grow back faster in certain areas of my body?

Now, even though your hair does not grow back faster and thicker after you shave, you might find that you need to shave certain areas of your body more often than others… Why does that happen?

Just as hair growth depends on person to person, it also depends on location. The hair of your body can grow back at different speeds on different parts of the body.

You might’ve noticed that hair on your armpits grow a whopping 50% faster than the hair on your legs! 

What can I do to make my hair grow slower

Most people have the opposite desire when we talk about hair on our heads, but I can imagine that you want to do everything in your power to make the hair on other parts of your body grow slower.

But, can this be done? Sadly, no. There’s no way for you to effectively slow your hair growth down. As I said earlier, it all depends on the genetics that you have. For some people, it grows faster than for others.

But, are you just doomed as there is nothing you can do to make your hair growth slow down?

Fortunately not… You can do something! And that something is finding a method of hair removal.

What hair removal methods can I try to keep my hair from growing back quickly?

By now you know that using a razor to remove your hair is a great way of doing things. It cuts away a portion of your hair and in time you need to do it again. 

But there is another weapon that you can use that is called waxing. Waxing works by removing your hair from the root. It just “pulls” it all out! This will result in your hair taking longer to grow past the skin’s surface and you don’t have to shave as often as you do now.

Chemical depilation
This treatment can help you remove your hair for about 2 weeks. It consists of an over-the-counter gel or cream that you put on your leg and it works by weakening the protein called keratin. 

Using this gel or cream causes your hair to fall out.

As I said, since this method does not go for the root of your hair, the results only last for around 2 weeks (depending on your genes of course). Even though the results only last 2 weeks, it is a cheap option that you can do at home and that is a huge benefit.

TIP: Make sure that you choose the right cream or gel! There are different types available for different areas of the body!

Permanent removal with Electrolysis or laser hair removal

When you really hate the hair on your legs, there’s always the possibility of using electrolysis or laser hair removal to remove hair.

Electrolysis uses shortwave radio frequencies to remove your hair. These frequencies are distributed through fine needles that are placed directly into your hair follicles. The intention of this method is to destroy the hair follicle so that it can’t stimulate new hair growth anymore. 

You can’t do this by yourself of course… You need a dermatologist or a certified electrologist to do this treatment. So, if you want to go this route I suggest you Google something like “Electrolysis near me” to find people who can help you.

Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is another option for long term hair removal. Just as with the electrolysis treatment, it works by targeting the hair follicle to damage it so that it stops hair from growing. The difference is that laser hair removal does this with high-heat lasers and electrolysis does this with very fine needles. 

This treatment, just as with the electrolysis, can be done on almost any part of the body (except for the eyes). 

Another difference is the fact that the laser hair removal method works best for people with light skin tones and dark hair. Electrolysis is more flexible with this because it works for most skin types.

Laser hair removal lasts several months and in some cases, it lasts for years (Depending on your genes and the damage to the follicles).

Final thoughts

I hope by now that you know why your leg hair grows so fast! It is nothing more than an illusion and I think that you now know better! Tell all your friends because they all need to know that your leg hair does not grow back thicker and it doesn’t grow back faster when you shave.

If shaving for you is fine then no worries and proceed with what you’ve always been doing! If you were looking for a new method, I hope you found something useful here. Depending on your budget and what you like you can go for waxing, chemical depilation, or even electrolysis or laser hair removal.

Have you found another method that strips your legs from hair for a longer period of time? Please let me know and send me an email! I’ll gladly update the article to make it even better!

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Hi, my name is Joy-Lee and I'm the owner of wevaluebeauty.com. As you might've noticed, I'm a true beauty lover, and made it my passion, my work and my hobby. I love sharing my thoughts and feelings on a variety of beauty aspects and want to thank you for reading!

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