Top Shaving Myths, Debunked
Shaving myths are like urban legends. The Mr. Science side of your brain knows they're not true, but if it's so obvious that they're false, how come they're still around? Here are a few of the most popular myths, 100% bunk-free.
1. Shaving every day makes beard hair grow back faster. Or thicker. Or darker.
If old wives ever sat around telling shaving tales, this would be numero uno. Hair growth, thickness and color is controlled by genes, not by how often you shave.
2. New razors make more cuts
Try the opposite: older razor or one with damaged blades is more likely to cause cuts. The duller the blade, the more pressure you need to use to shave, which is how those cuts happen. If it feels like the blade is tugging at your skin or the shave doesn't feel as close as usual, that's a sign it's probably time to change blades. One easy way to avoid the guesswork is to join Gillette Shave Club. We take care of the sending-the-blade part, and you take care of the looking-great part.
3. Razor blades should be changed weekly
How fast a razor blade gets dull depends on several things: the quality of the blade, the way it’s made, how often you shave; whether you have prepped first with shave gel, and how the blade is cared for after each shave. After years of observing thousands of men shave, we know that everyone’s a little different and that guys ultimately should trust their own feeling about when it’s time to change a blade. Changing blades once a week is probably too often if you’re using a high-quality blade. For example, one of Gillette’s best blades can give guys up to a month of shaves.*
4. Real men don't shave below the neck
Whether you call it "manscaping" or "body grooming," below-the-neck shaves have many, many fans. One survey by Gillette shows that nearly 4 in 10 men keep it trimmed or bare down there. A rogue 7% percent said they've done their manscaping with the razor their roommate uses for his face... Come on, guys.
So now you know. But like the myths of the 40-hour workweek and the instant-six-pack ab exercise, these popular shaving myths are probably not gone for good.
*Based on three to four shaves per week.