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Facial hair

Facial hair is a [1] This varies, as boys may first develop facial hair between fourteen and sixteen years of age, and boys as young as eleven have been known to develop facial hair. In addition, the patches of hair can vary between bushy and bristly. Women are also capable of developing facial hair, especially after menopause, though typically significantly less than men.

Male pogonotrophy—the growing of facial hair—is often culturally associated with wisdom and virility.[2] Men may style their facial hair into beards, moustaches, goatees or sideburns; others completely shave their facial hair. The term "whiskers," when used to refer to human facial hair, indicates the hair on the chin and cheeks.[3]

In male adolescence

Abraham Lincoln was said to have grown a beard because an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote to him, saying that he would look better with one.[4]

The moustache forms its own stage in the development of facial hair in adolescent males.[5] Facial hair in males does not always appear in a specific order during puberty and varies among some individuals but may follow this process:

  • The first facial hair to appear tends to grow at the corners of the upper lip,
  • It then spreads to form a moustache over the entire upper lip,
  • This is followed by the appearance of hair on the upper part of the cheeks, and the area under the lower lip,
  • It eventually spreads to the sides and lower border of the chin and the rest of the lower face to form a full beard.[6]
  • Although this order is commonly seen, it can vary widely, with some facial hair starting from the chin and up towards the sideburns.

Military

Depending on the periods and countries, facial hair was prohibited in the army or, on the contrary, an integral part of the uniform.

In religions

Many religious male figures are recorded to have had facial hair; for example, all the prophets mentioned in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) were known to grow their beards.[7] Other religions, such as Sikhism, encourage growing beards. Amish men grow beards after marriage, but continue to shave their moustaches in order to avoid historical associations with military facial hair due to their pacifistic beliefs.

On women

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, most commonly after menopause. Excessive hairiness (especially facially) is known as hirsutism, and is usually an indication of atypical hormonal variation. In contemporary Western culture, many women shave, tweeze, or otherwise depilate facial hair that appears, as considerable social stigma is associated with facial hair on women, and freak shows and circuses have historically displayed bearded women. Many Western women choose to totally remove their facial hair by professional laser treatment.

Styles of facial hair

1 - Stubble, 2 - Moustache, 3 - Goatee, 4 - French Cut, 5 - Mutton chops, 6 - Friendly Muttonchops, 7 - Van Dyke, 8 - Full beard

See also

Further reading

  • Jack Passion, The Facial Hair Handbook, Jack Passion, LLC; First edition (May 19, 2009). ISBN 978-0-87975-551-5.

References

  1. ^ "The No-Hair Scare".  
  2. ^ "How the moustache won an empire". Daily Mail (London). 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ thefreedictionary.com
  4. ^ Letter in the Detroit Public Library
  5. ^ "Adolescent Reproductive Health" (PDF). UNESCO Regional Training Seminar on guidance and Counselling. 2002-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Puberty -- Changes for Males". pamf.org. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  7. ^ Islam: beard, scholarly consensus, prophet peace. En.allexperts.com (2005-12-07). Retrieved on 2012-11-02.

External links

  • Facial hair at DMOZ
  • The Fabulous World of Beards
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