The short answer is that YES, in SOME cases it can. Read on more more information.
Does waxing reduce hair growth? Reliable evidence on this question is hard to come by. The best bet is to try it yourself and see if you notice a difference.
Waxing in theory should make your hair regrow finer and lighter if you do it for long enough. Repeated waxing sessions could leave your follicles weakened. It won’t ever stop the hair growth forever, but it may mean that the follicles can only produce lighter and finer hair.
By no means should you take this as fact. As you probably know hair growth can be very hard to predict. Some people may see a reduction in hair growth while others may not. Try it!
If it Does Work
For the people who it does work on, it could mean they don’t need to remove hair on certain areas for several months at a time. While the hair won’t stop growing, it may be weakened so much that the hair growing out of it is nearly impossible to see.
The human body is very good at healing and repairing itself. So continuous waxing sessions are needed. Chances are if you completely stop waxing an area, over time, your body will fully repair the follicles which were damaged.
So it’s not a case of waxing loads, then forgetting about it. Although you may be able to increase the time between waxing sessions. Hopefully, the more you wax, the better (and more long lasting) the results.
Reasons it May Not Work
Perhaps the reason people think it reduces hair growth is because they’re used to shaving. They shave and see the hair growing back nearly straight away. With waxing and epilation the hair needs to regrow completely from the root. Perhaps this extra time, combined with the fact that the hair is still new, gives people the impression that hair growth is reduced.
What Should We Think?
Overall you should be able to see why a definite answer is so hard. Perhaps some of my personal experience could help:
I had a hair on my arm that was really dark – I kept plucking it out for months and months. Then it started to grow back much lighter. When it got too long I plucked it out again. Then it grew back blacker than ever!
From this I think we can say that the behaviour of hair is very random. Changes in growth rate, thickness or color could be to do with waxing, or they could be to do with other things such as:
- Hormone changes.
So unless proper scientific tests are done we won’t know for sure. But since waxing is a very good hair removal method, it shouldn’t matter. Hair grows back slower, when compared to shaving. This saves you lots of time. So if you get good at waxing yourself, or can afford salon treatments on a regular basis, then it’s certainly going to mean you don’t need to spend as much time on hair removal.