All about pubic hair

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Pubic hair refers to those hairs that grow in the frontal genital area, the crotch and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs. These areas of the body form the pubic region. In both men and women, pubic hairs are usually darker and coarser than the scalp hair. However, some people may have sparser or finer pubic hair. The texture of pubic hair varies in individuals from tightly curled to entirely straight. The pattern of pubic hair can also vary by race and ethnicity.

How pubic hair develops in men and women?

Pubic hair develops in men and women during adolescence, a transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. The onset of pubic hair development is termed 'pubarche'. Before the onset of puberty, the genital area of both boys and girls has very fine vellus hair. However, during the onset of puberty, the body starts producing rising levels of the sex hormones known as androgens. Because of this, the skin of the genital area begins to produce thicker, coarser and often curlier hair with a faster growth rate.

In boys, at first a few sparse pubic hairs appear on the scrotum or at the upper base of the penis. Within a year, pubic hairs around the base of the penis become denser. In 3 to 4 years, hair fills the pubic area and becomes much thicker and darker. Pubic hair develops near thighs and upwards on the abdomen toward the umbilicus by the end of 5 years.

In most girls, pubic hair first appears along the edges of the labia majora and spreads forward to the mons over the next 2 years. By 3 years into puberty (menstruation starts for most girls around this time), the pubic triangle is densely filled with hairs. In another 2 years time, pubic hair develops near the thighs and sometimes a small amount up the line of the abdomen toward the umbilicus.

Functions of pubic hair

Pubic hair is said to serve following functions:

• Providing warmth - protecting vital reproductive organs from cold

• Gathering of secreted pheromones

• Reducing external friction during sexual intercourse

• Protecting the sensitive pubic area

• Indicating sexual maturity

Pubic hairstyles

Even if it may sound odd to you, many people are spending time to cut and trim their pubic hair just like the hair on their head. Famous fashion designer Mary Quant was proud that her husband trimmed her pubic hairs into a heart shape. Here we have discussed some of the popular pubic hairstyles:

• Natural or bush style - this means no trimming or maintenance in other words leaving the pubic hair in their natural state

• Trimmed - the length of pubic hair is shortened but these are not removed or shaped

• Triangle - in this practical style pubic hair is removed (usually waxed) from the sides to form a triangle so that they can't be seen while wearing swimwear.

• Landing strip - pubic hairs are sharply removed from the sides to form a long centred vertical rectangle, hair length about quarter of an inch

• Brazilian wax - in this popular method pubic hair is completely removed except for a remnant, centred, narrow stripe above the vulva approximately an inch in size

• Dyed - pubic hair are dyed to match the hair colour on the head or to give it a unique look (for example, red - in the shape of a heart)

• Others - some women style their pubic hair in a V-shape, heart-shape, arrow, initials and anything that inspires them at that time. These are usually variations of the Brazilian style where a design is formed above completely bare vulva

Why do men and women go for bikini hair removal?

A large number men and women go for bikini hair removal for various reasons. Some people find that removing pubic hair makes them feel more hygienic and more comfortable. Many people, especially women go for bikini hair removal because of sexual reasons. It gives their partner greater visual exposure to their genitalia, improves tactile sensation and makes oral sex easier. Preferable methods of bikini hair removal are shaving, waxing, use of depilatories, electrolysis and laser hair removal.

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