Facial hair is someone everyone needs to deal with, including women although it isn’t apparent or obvious on all women. Facial hair is something men are going to deal with on a daily basis, however, beginning around the time they go through puberty. For men, it is a secondary sex characteristic, growing around when they reach puberty which is about 17 to 20 years old, but possibly younger or older. The patches of hair growing on their face can be scarce, heavy and bushy, or bristly. The growing of facial hair, such as a beard or moustache, is also called pogonotrophy which can be associated with virility and wisdom.
Types of Facial Hair
There are a variety of types of facial hair ranging from whiskers to full bears. Every man makes his own decision on how he wants his facial hair to look, including shaving all of his face or leaving different patterns. The different types of facial hair are whiskers, stubble, moustache, goatee, goatee with moustache, mutton-chops, friendly mutton-chops, van dyke, and a full beard.
The Formation of Facial Hair
Facial hair for most men has several different stages of development. For adolescent males, it usually begins with whiskers forming around the corner of the upper lip followed by the same scants of hair around the upper lip’s other areas. It continues until the facial hair grows under the lower lip and the upper areas of the cheeks, followed by hair growth on the chin and the remainder of the lower portion of the face.
Removing Facial Hair
There are a number of methods for removing facial hair, depending on the gender. Men tend to go for shaving the majority of the time, either with a straight razor or an electric shaver. Women shouldn’t shave their facial hair because it can grow back coarser and darker. Instead, women should choose another option for removing facial hair such as depilatories, waxing, sugaring, or threading. These methods are not only efficient ways of removing facial hair, but let the hair grow back as it was before and leave the hair gone for a longer period of time. While men can use these methods too, they aren’t as successful due to the difference in hair thickness and coarseness.
Women and Facial Hair
Aside from very fine and light hairs, women rarely have facial hair. However it is more common with certain stages of life or medical conditions, like menopause or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is due to a difference in the woman’s hormone levels.