Facial hair


Facial hair

Facial hair is a secondary sex characteristic in human males. Many men start developing facial hair in the later years of puberty, approximately between 15-18 years old and most men don't finish developing a fully adult beard until their early 20s or even later. [ [http://beardcommunity.com/faq.php#1 The Beard Community Bulletin Board FAQ ] ] This can vary, however, and males as young as 11 have been known to develop facial hair that require routine shaving. Further, many women also have some facial hair, especially after menopause, though typically much less than men.

Male pogonotrophy (the growing of facial hair; i.e, beardedness) is often culturally associated with wisdom and virility. [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=486942&in_page_id=1770 How the moustache won an empire | the Daily Mail ] ] Many men style their facial hair into beards, moustaches, goatees or sideburns. However, many others completely shave their facial hair. Although only certain nonhuman mammals have true sensory whiskers, a man's facial hair, especially short hairs that were missed in shaving, is often referred to as whiskers.

Women typically have little hair on their faces, apart from eyebrows and the vellus hair that covers most of their bodies. However, in some cases women have noticeable facial hair growth. Excessive hairiness (especially facially) is known as hirsutism, and is usually an indication of abnormal hormonal variation. In contemporary western culture, almost all women shave, tweeze or otherwise depilate facial hair which does appear, as there is considerable social stigma associated with facial hair in women. Freak shows and circuses once displayed (usually fake) bearded women.

ee also

*Hair
*Axillary (arm-pit) hair
*Eyebrow
*Leg hair
*Foot hair
*Pubic hair
*Whiskers
*Native Americans with facial hair

References

External links

*dmoz|Arts/Design/Fashion/Hair/Facial_Hair/
* [http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/ World Beard Championships]
* [http://thistlehaven.net/J3/FacialHairStyles.htm Facial Hair Styles]
* [http://www.beardboard.net/ Beard Board]
* [http://www.thecheappop.com An entertainment site dedicated to facial hair]
* [http://news.aol.com/newsbloggers/2008/01/23/no-facial-hair-for-cops/ Mo Rocca on Facial Hair for Cops]
* [http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-deal-with-facial-hair/ How to Deal with Facial Hair]
* [http://mustachesofthenineteenthcentury.blogspot.com/ Mustaches of the 19th Century]


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