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Girl 1: Girls get it on their legs, armpits and bits,

Boy 2: face, maybe bum

Hollie-Jay Bowes: i like a little bit of a hairy chest but i don’t mind it being smooth

John Pickard: it’s good to trim it and keep it in tow you know because it can get a bit out of hand can’t it, a bit like the amazon at times

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Dr Dawn: Puberty changes the body dramatically. And hair is no exception. By around 11 or 12 most girls will start to notice pubic hair growing in the groin area. After a year or two it’ll start to take the triangular shape of adulthood and under arm hair will start to come through.

As girls get older pubic hair may grow down the inner thighs and towards the belly button. By late teens growth will be complete. And hair may also develop around the nipples and on the upper lip.

Boys on the other hand will have grown very little pubic hair by 12 or 13 and it’s not until mid teens that hair sprouts under the arms, and appears on the chin and upper lip.

Most boys will be shaving by their late teens and the pubic hair will be coarser like that of an adult.

But guys keep developing body hair in their twenties and beyond.

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John Pickard: I was about 12 or 13 when i like got pubes and stuff so, yeah you know it’s one of those things you always wanted and they come along eventually but you do worry that you’re not gonna get them.

Boy 2: As i get older and i start to develop more hair like on my chest and my back more than likely i’ll get rid of it on my back because to be honest i don’t really want to be told to comb my back or anything.

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Dr Dawn: The amount of hair you have depends on hormones, genetics and your ethnic background.

Some people let their body hair grow; others get rid of it.

It’s a personal choice.

Oh and by the way, shaving doesn’t make your hair come back thicker!

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Girl 2: Personally i have a thing about if someone has armpit hair it really annoys me. So i am quite fussy about that but other hairs i think you can do what you want with them.

Boy 3: I’m not a big fan of body hair on girls or at least not on the face where I can see it.

John Pickard: You know women doesn’t really bother me you know it’s all the rage now to have a Brazillian a Hollywood all that kind of thing but you know if its natural its fine with me.

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Dr Dawn: It’s quite usual in your teens to have greasy hair because hormones increase the production of oils.

This can by combated byÖ

Washing your hair once a day and after exercise.

Eating a low fat diet.

Not playing with your hair.

Not wearing hats all the time.

Using shampoos that suit your hair type.

And avoiding too many styling products like gels and sprays

Loads of you have commented on this website on hair issues.

From greying in your teens, to balding and dandruff.

Which only goes to show that you’re not alone.

For example, nearly one third of men are noticeably balding by the age of 30.

The most likely reason is genetics.

Premature greying is a similar story. If your Mum got grey hair in her late teens – then you probably will too.

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Girl 3: I haven’t worried about grey hair yet but i’m thinking when i do get gray hair in years to come i’ll just dye it over.

Boy 1: I wouldn’t really mind if my hair turned grey but i would be quite worried if i started to go bald. Probably end up wearing a toupee.

John Pickard: Well my Dad’s gone bald so i’ve probably got it to come – you know they says it’s hereditary don’t they. So I’ll have to take it on the chin so i’ll be happy if i’m bald.

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Am I Normal: Hair

Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn’t normal when it comes to body hair. For both girls and boys, growing up can lead to the development of body hair in some surprising places. Dr Dawn looks at some of the common concerns and gets the opinions of the cast of Hollyoaks.

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I have just turned thirteen (male) and I have armpit hairs about 1 cm long, I was wondering how long it will take till they are fully grown. And when i finish puberty.





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Im 15 and just statrted getting hairke

I'm 16th year old boy and having hair all over body including back (not butt ) Whole body is getting hair is that normal ???





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There is a cut or a split on my bottom and it is very irritant. What shall I do?





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Hi I am an 33 year old male I recently shaved my pubic hair and after a 5 days it has grown back is this normal?





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I'm a 17 year old girl and get a really bad shaving rash around my bikini line. It makes me extremely self conscious in front of my boyfriend but I've tried everything to reduce/stop it. Any ideas? Desperate to get rid of it.





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one of the flaps of my vagina is bigger than the other and the tip of it s a bit brown. what is this??





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I have pubic hair growing around my vagina and near the anal area, what is the easiest way to get rid of it?





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I'm 16 year boy I got puberty when I was 14 and now i am getting hair on arms ( I'm not asking about hair on hand or underarm ) is that normal for boys to have hair on arms





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Yes it is normal, men and boys going through puberty often get more hair around the top half of their bodies (back, belly, genitalia, etc.)

I know a lot of boy's have hair in the bum crack but, i have it covering my whole bum. Is it normal ? And secondly best way to remove it ?





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I'm 16 years old and I'm going on holiday next month with my boyfriend and his family and I'm really co concious of hair where my bikini line is its really embaressing and If I shave it you can still see the dark hair underneath the skin and it goes red and bumpy. is it too late too get it waxed before holiday as it may grow back darker and thicker and I don't want to wear shorts all holiday. Can somebody help?





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Please don't get it waxed as within a few days you will see new hairs growing back, (from the hairs that were just about to emerge past the skin), waxing also causes ingrown hairs and you will get red bumpy spots. This also happens with the creams that melt the hair off. The only thing that works for me is lazer hair treatment, I know it costs, but it works. you will have to shave first, take your time doing this, lying on the bed is more comfortable, use moisturiser instead of water, and as it will take three or four sessions spaced 6 weeks apart it is not an instant fix. But it works. Meanwhile use swimming shorts, they are fashionable and look cool.





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