Types of Facial Hair and Body Hair

Different kinds of hair serve different purposes, grow on different parts of our body, and appear at different times in our lives. Abracadabra Electrolysis on the Upper East Side of Manhattan offers permanent hair removal solutions for all types of hair.

Lanugo Hair

The first hair we all have is a thick, downy covering called lanugo. It is very fine and usually colorless. It is the first hair our follicles produce, appearing at about 4 or 5 months gestation. Lanugo is meant to protect delicate skin. It usually falls out by around 7 or 8 months gestation, replaced by another kind of hair, but sometimes some remains. Presence of lanugo in adults usually indicates a serious illness.

Vellus Hair

A close relative of lanugo is vellus hair. Vellus hair is fine, downy, and often lightly colored. Like lanugo, vellus hair covers the entire body, but lightly. It’s most visible on children and women, but we all have it. Ladies, that soft fuzz on your cheek is vellus hair. Vellus hair acts as an insulator and a wick to pull sweat away from the body. Too much vellus hair can also indicate illness.

In adults, much of our vellus hair will be displaced or covered by androgenic hair and terminal hair.

Androgenic Hair

Androgenic hair is just what it sounds like – hair whose growth is triggered by androgens (sex hormones). This begins at puberty, transforming the facial vellus into adult – or terminal – hair, and triggering the growth of hair in the armpits and on the pubis. These hormones sometimes are overproduced, which is why you will sometimes find women headed for their hair removal provider to get rid of unwanted facial hair.

Terminal Hair

Terminal hair is longer than vellus, thicker, and darker. You’ll find terminal hair on your head, your arms, and on your face as eyelashes and eyebrows. The difference between androgenic hair and other types of terminal hair is that androgenic hair growth is triggered by puberty and is considered a secondary sex characteristic, and regular terminal hair just shows up with age.

Electrolysis Works On All Hair Types!

Electrolysis is great for reshaping your hairline, tidying up your eyebrows, clearing unwanted facial hair, and treating ingrown eyelashes. Longer treatment cycles can attend to leg, pubic, back, chest, and armpit hair, eliminating the bother of shaving or the continued expense and potential for skin damage of waxing. Electrolysis is the only permanent option for any facial hair or body hair that you just don’t want, regardless of hair types or skin type.

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