There are many differences between humans and other mammals. However, one characteristic we do share with our ‘furry cousins’ is hair1. Although its vibrancy, density, and distribution varies from person to person (and animal to animal), the fact remains that at some point in our lives, most will start developing body hair.
Some embrace their coats, some don’t. Most people sooner or later will ponder over what to do with their hair. Here we will be looking at how hair density, distribution, and vibrancy differs across the body, why it occurs, and what to do if you want rid of excess hair.
What is hair made of and how does it initially appear?
People’s skin is covered by follicles which produce protein filaments; hair2. Regardless of their sex, from an early age most people are coated in vellus hair which is fine and light in colour. Androgenic hair, generally referred to as body hair, normally develops during puberty and is the result of vellus hair transforming into terminal hair (thicker, darker hair)3.
This being said, the amount of Androgens (hormones) someone has can dictate how much Terminal hair is produced. This is why men tend to sport more body hair than women4. Human hair, irrelevant of where on the body it is, adheres to a growth cycle, consisting of three stages: anagen (growth stage), catagen (transitional stage) and telogen (growth ceases and hair falls out)5.
The duration of the three stages, along with the number and size of hair follicles you possess in a certain area of the body, determine the hair and the manner (density and vibrancy) in which hair grows in particular areas. In regards to head hair for example, the anagen phase lasts around two to seven years. This time period changes from person to person and can be affected by various factors such as genetics, hormones, and even stress. The anagen phase tends to be far longer in head hair than body hair, which is why (thankfully!) the hair on our bodies is usually a lot shorter than the hair on our heads6.
The anagen phase for body hair normally last around 30 - 45 days7, a considerably shorter period of time than head hair. The reason the Anagen phase alters in various parts of the body is mainly due to hair having different functions, thus hair being specific to certain part of the body. Eyebrows, for example, keep sweat from entering the eye and therefore need to be a certain length and density8.
How to get rid of excess hair
Now that we’ve gone through the science, let’s see how unwanted hair can be removed if needed. Different hair removal techniques can be effective for various types of body hair.
Legs are sometimes the first body-parts to consider when thinking about hair removal, especially when the sun comes out. As this can be quite a large area to tackle, Veet In Shower Hair Removal Cream can be a good solution here. The cream can be applied easily in the shower and works in as little as three minutes. It leaves skin feeling smooth for up to twice as long as shaving, meaning less time spent getting rid of those unwanted hairs9 and more time to start digging through those sun-dresses. Always be sure to read the instruction before applying cream.
Arm pits – warm wax
Armpit hair has recently been a heated topic of fashion-debate. Not only has the age old question as to whether to remove it or not been in the spotlight, but new styles and colours have even been deliberated too. Luckily, for those of you who love having smooth skin under your arms, Veet Easy Wax Roll-On could be the answer to your questions. The kit is easy-to-use, ensures the wax is evenly spread and, ultimately, could provide up to 28 days smoothness10. It can be used on all skin types and only takes 20-30 minutes to prepare. Try Veet Easy Wax Roll-On Refill – Bikini and Underarm, the small roll-on head is designed to make hair removal from the bikini and underarms easier and more precise! The wax is made with the same ingredients as salon wax and, in removing short hair from the root, it could leave you feeling smooth for up to four weeks.
The right hair-removal method for you may vary when it comes to different areas of body-hair. Luckily there are more options available to you every day. When in doubt, always remember to check the Veet packaging to learn which products for which zone. No need for monthly salon trips to ‘Hairway to Heaven’, Veet gives you salon-wax like results from the comfort of your own home11.