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  1. #1 Can Shaving Affect Hair Growth Direction? 
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    Can shaving change the direction a hair grows from the follicle? Are the follicles rigid structures or are they apt to changes, why or why not?

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  3. #2 Re: Can Shaving Affect Hair Growth Direction? 
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenousaime
    Can shaving change the direction a hair grows from the follicle? Are the follicles rigid structures or are they apt to changes, why or why not?

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    No, I have been shaving against the grain for like 6 years now and it still grows the same way it always did. Maybe after like 50 years of hardcore shaving you would see a noticeable difference.


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    I see, well now we have one empirical data point (more welcome), but I am wondering why hair follicles are rigid (assuming they are).

    Btw do you shave exclusively against the grain or do you ever make swipes with the grain.
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  5. #4 Ingrown Hairs... 
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    Shaving against the grain supposedly just makes it more likely for you to develop more ingrown hairs, which are really annoying... You'd have to totally displace the follicle and flip it around to change the direction of hair growth, right? Wouldn't that hurt?

    Shaving just cuts off the top of the hair; the root is still in the follicle ready to grow back the way (and in the direction) it was. In fact, with a cheap razor, the hair may even be visible...it's just shortened.
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    Is it possible for the blade to snag an inside edge of the follicle and drag it?
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