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Does leg hair grow when you get goosebumps?


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September 14, 2008 7:23PM

I don't usually post answers on these things, but I'm getting tired of hearing my girlfriends tell me that their hair grows faster when they get goosebumps, so I figure I'll just clear this up once and for all. No, goosebumps do not make hair grow faster. It is a myth that has been fabricated and spread around by women (and some men) who feel that their skin is prickly when they get goosebumps even if it was perfectly smooth just moments before. So, lets think about this logically and scientifically. Every hair in our bodies is rooted at the base of a hair follicle, which is located just under the surface of the skin. When we shave, what we are doing is trimming, or shaving the hair that is just above the skin. Goosebumps occur when the hair follicles contract and squeeze together causing the base of the follicle to be pushing up, and along with it, the unshaven hair that was sitting under the skin just a second ago, but is now pushed above the skin, giving us that prickly feeling. The important part to remember in all this is that once the goosebumps go away, the contracted follicles that are pushing the hair up relax, bringing the hair back down under the skin, because the hair is, of course still attached to the base of the follicle! And so was abolished the goosebump/ fast hair growing myth☺