There is a new beauty trend that is growing in popularity, but it has a lot of people wondering why they are doing it. It’s called Dermaplaning, which is essentially when you are shaving your face with a special razor that removes hair and exfoliates dead skin cells. Growing up, we’ve all heard that we should never shave our faces, but apparently all the reasons are actually huge myths.
Using this technique claims to give you the best skin imaginable, but it’s not completely unreasonable that you would be a little worried. We’ve all been told a million times that shaving our faces would cause a variety of issues. We’ve been told that tweezing or waxing is a much better option, but apparently they aren’t the only ones. Kerry Benjamin, founder of Stacked Skincare and a dermaplaning expert spoke with Bustle and revealed that it’s the best option for hair removal.
If you are still a little skeptical, here’s the truth behind the myths we’ve all been believing all this time.
We’ve all been told that shaving the hair will make it more visible when it grows back in, but the truth of the matter is that your hair doesn’t change colors after it’s cut down. “This is a total myth, and one I hope goes away forever soon,” Benjamin says. “Your hair will grow back exactly the same color and thickness as it was previously. You can’t change the structure of your hair follicle by simply shaving your hair off.”
She explains that the reason you may believe that it is darker is actually because the way your skin reacts to the dermaplaning. “After the hair grows back, it seems like it is darker, but that is not the case,” Benjamin explains. “It’s simply that after dermaplaning, because you are removing the dead layer of skin and vellus hair, your skin will appear much brighter than you’ve experienced in the past, and then after the regrowth, it seems darker. This is just your eye tricking you.”
As for it looking thicker, Benjamin explains why it feels like it is growing in thicker than before. “Hair grows at a blunt edge, so if you touch your face often, you may feel that hair growth coming back in and think that it is thicker, but that is not the case. Once the hair has fully grown back in, it will look and feel exactly the same as before.”