It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or you’ve been at it for years, you’ve likely heard a few myths about shaving (and didn’t even realize they weren’t true). For instance, did your mom ever say shaving makes your hair grow back thicker? If so, you might want to hear what Michael Dubin, CEO and founder of Dollar Shave Club, has to say about it. See his take on five shaving myths and one truth below!


MYTH #1: Hair grows back thicker and faster the more you shave it
FACT: “If shaving causes hair to grow in much thicker, wouldn’t balding men take “preventative” measures and shave their heads constantly? This is all perception, and in this case, perception is not reality. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt, course tip. The tip might feel “stubbly” for a time as it grows out, making it appear thicker. Alas, it’s not.”

MYTH #2: A new razor blade causes more nicks and cuts than a worn-in razor blade because it’s too sharp
FACT: “It’s called a clean shave for a reason. A perfect shave is achieved when your razor glides evenly and smoothly over the skin with the right amount of slip. Yes, this is also affected by your skin care routine, shaving cream usage, etc., but first and foremost this has to do with having a clean, fresh blade. A dull razor causes skipping, tugging, and dragging, which nicks hairs at the wrong point, resulting in ingrowns and redness. Sounds painful, right? And unhygienic. If you’re a daily shaver, you should absolutely be changing your blade every week.”

MYTH #3: Ingrown hairs come from pressing too hard while shaving
FACT: “One of the best ways to ensure a clean shave (aside from having a fresh blade) is to exfoliate the skin thoroughly beforehand. This gets rid of the dead skin cells and dirt that can clog pores, which are the main culprit of ingrowns, not the pressure you apply. Make sure to moisturize afterward to soothe the skin.”

MYTH #4: Shaving with soap and water is totally fine
FACT: “Try to avoid this if you know what’s good for you. Soap is good for removing dirt or impurities but does not add enough cushion for the razor to glide smoothly over your skin. It’s best to apply a moisture-rich shave lubricant like Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter, which allows for easier removal.”

MYTH #5: Always shave the day of an event or special occasion
FACT: “If your skin is sensitive, you may want to shave the day before. Given the time of year, your event may be at a beach or pool, in which case it’s also best to shave the day before so any irritation has time to heal, which can be aggravated by salt water, chlorine, sun, etc. Otherwise, the right razor makes it simple to shave day of and get perfectly smooth skin. Just make sure to finish with a lightweight moisturizer.”

TRUTH #1: Shaving is good for your skin
“Shaving actually provides short term and long term skin benefits. It essentially exfoliates the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells, and smooths the skin. And back to the blade again, a fresh blade is key as it provides just enough friction to gently but effectively glide over the skin to remove hair and dead skin cells. A dull blade will cause too much friction and tug at the skin, removing cells that aren’t ready to be removed, causing irritation.”

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