Hairiness varies greatly in humans. It is mainly concentrated in women's armpits, bikini lines, legs and arms, while it appears to be much more developed in men.
Over time, extreme hairiness in both men and women may cause people to develop hang-ups. For this reason, both men and women are now turning to laser hair removal to tackle excessive hairiness and to remove their hair once and for all.
Excessive hairiness: what is it?
Hairiness is a cluster of hair in a given area of the body (armpits, torso, bikini line...). Hair is a thread-like element that is very high in protein called keratin. The thickness and position of the hair depend partly on androgen hormones and partly on hereditary factors. Melanin is responsible for the color of the hair and keratins dictate the consistency of the hair.
The density of your hair varies throughout your life. Indeed, depending on the hair-growth cycle, the hair is more or less developed in various parts of the body. You'll have about 20 to 30 hair-growth cycles throughout your life. Every cycle consists of three separate phases:
- The anagen phase: the hair undergoes a growing period and increases in length by 1 cm per month. The hair, which is full of melanin, is connected to the base, to the bulb. This period lasts roughly 4 to 6 years for women and 2 to 4 years for men.
- Catagen phase: the hair stops growing and the hair follicle is no longer activated. This phase lasts about three weeks.
- Telogen phase: the hair falls out and is replaced with new hairs. This phase lasts roughly 1 to 3 months.
Nevertheless, the hair-growth cycle is not the same across the whole body. In some areas, the hair may grow darker and thicker, while others may only have hair that are thin.
What are the reasons for excessive hairiness?
Excessive hairiness in men or women can have several causes:
- Hereditary: women or men of Mediterranean descent with black hair have a greater degree of hairiness.
- Pathological: abnormal hairiness can be caused by such disorders, such as hirsutism or hypertrichosis.
- Hormonal: increased testosterone levels can cause excessive hairiness in males or females.
Excessive hair: how to get rid of it once and for all?
People suffering from excessive hairiness have many remedies at their disposal, such as shaving, waxing or even hair removal creams. There are techniques that are more or less successful in producing smooth, hairless skin for a limited period of time, but some people prefer to be free from hair by whatever method they use.
For them, laser hair removal by a professional doctor will deliver excellent results. Laser hair removal enables them to remove hair from various parts of their body with a semi-permanent effect.