Why, oh why, do we have hair where we don’t want it?
It doesn’t seem fair that we have to put up with hair where we don’t want it – underarms, chins, legs, to name three.
It’s not just a problem for women: men too can have unwanted hair on their chests, backs, ears and other places.
Often it’s a matter of personal choice as to whether (and where) you want to be hair-free.
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But why do we have facial and body hair in the first place?
I suppose the good news is that compared to most mammals we’ve evolved to be relatively bald, certainly if you compare us to our closest genetic relative the chimpanzee.
In fact, experts say we have a similar number of hair follicles to monkeys, but the hair that grows out of ours is much finer and shorter.
Of course, we were all a lot hairier in our cavemen (and women) days. Those thick thatches of body hair helped us stay warm, offered some protection from cuts and scratches and gave us a bit of camouflage from other animal predators. The most popular theory about why we started to lose body hair was that our ancestors moved to hotter countries and more bare skin became an advantage in helping us cool down and still be able to hunt our prey for food.
The hair on our head protects us from the sun, and our eyelashes and eyebrows provide a first line of defence against sweat, dust, bugs and other undesirables that might get into our delicate eyes.
Evolutionary scientists are still arguing about why we have armpit and pubic hair, but most believe that centuries ago they played a key role in helping us find a suitable mate. Each human has a unique, natural scent and the hair that grows underarms and around our genitals helps magnify and disperse this smell – and also protects these sensitive areas.
Men are usually hairier than women because of the hormones coursing through their bodies.
Vellus hair is the name given to the soft, short, fuzzy hair that grows on most areas of our bodies. When we hit puberty, some of this hair begins to get darker and coarser because of an increase in androgenic hormone levels. This hair is called terminal hair and the patterns of where it grows on the face and body differ between men and women, primarily because men have more of the androgens from the testosterone family.
If you want to know a bit more about how we’ve removed hair down the centuries, you can read about that here in an earlier blog post
The good news is that today there is a safe, effective laser treatment that can get rid of hair from ANYWHERE that you don’t want it: the choice is yours.
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