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Facts and myths about shaving

por Champion Shave, March 21, 2018

You may have heard a lot of stories out there about shaving care. But is it all really true or are there some “urban legends” in the midst of so much information? Champion Shave has separated some myths and facts so that you will know how to take good care of your beard.

Your beard grows more in the summer.

Fact

Yes, warmer days make your beard grow more. Heat causes the blood vessels to dilate further, making the blood circulate faster and nourishing the whiskers better.

Shaving makes your whiskers thicker.

Myth

You may have heard that the beard grows "thicker" after shaving, but you should know that this is a myth. After shaving, the whisker retains the same thickness because the razor blade passes close to the skin and does not pull out the follicle, which is what determines its diameter. One can get this false impression because the hair is thicker next to the follicle and becomes thinner as it reaches the tip.

Shaving every day makes your beard grow more.

Myth

This is a story as old as it is false. Actually, whisker growth has no connection with how often you shave. It is determined by your genes. And the same goes for the thickness and color of the hairs!

Dull razors are the ones that cause more cuts.

Fact

A damaged or worn-out blade can hurt much more than a sharp, new one. This happens because when using a manual razor, you end up applying more force when passing the blade over your skin, increasing the risk of cuts. So, always remember to replace the head of your razor whenever it starts to pull or if it is not as sharp as before.

All the parts of the beard grow at the same speed.

Myth

It may seem strange, but the speed at which your whiskers grow is different in each area of your face. Generally speaking, the hairs on your cheeks tend to grow slower than those on your chin. And here's another interesting fact: the beard grows about 5 nanometers per day, which is 0.0000005 centimeters per second.

Your beard grows more during periods of sexual abstinence.

Fact

Studies indicate that levels of testosterone, which is the hormone responsible for facial hair growth, increase considerably in the male body after the seventh day of sexual abstinence. This causes the beard to grow more intensely during this period.

Throughout his life, a man spends more than 3,000 hours shaving.

Fact

That is impressive, but men do spend an average of 3,350 hours shaving throughout their lifetime. This represents about 140 days of life with a razor in their hands.

If I don’t have a beard by the time I’m 20, I will never have one.

Depends

The beard begins to appear in adolescence, caused by the action of testosterone, but what actually controls the availability of facial hair is genetics. For most men, a full beard occurs by age 20, but this can vary. In some men, it only gets really full after age 30.