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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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Hi, I started puberty ages ago and have hair everywhere. But my pubic hair has started to grow in like a constant 'stream' down my legs. Is this normal? And when should I shave my hair. Does it need to be shaved?





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im in 6th grade and I have dark stomach,back,arm hair. is back hair in girls normal?





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I'm sorry to say this, but I don't think back hair on ANYONR is normal. Then again, you might be talking about how your back hair is and I'm just envisioning it differently. If all it is is just a tiny bit here and there, like the hair that's on everyone's stomach, and it's more than the peach fuzz covering everyone's bodies, then I'd say it's normal. But if it looks like the amount if hair men's beards have, then no, not even if you're a guy. But that's just my opinion. If it doesn't look like chuck Norris's beard, then I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.

I am 25 man and I have almost no facial hair. My all 4 brothers and father had full facial hair when 20y.o. What can I do to change it? I feel so bad with this. I do accept but still i feel i have to Accept myself than just to enjoy having hair...





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I'm 19. I have a mustache and goatee. Is this normal?





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I have hair on my upper lip and always have it waxed its so embarrassing is it normal? please help :( aged 14 girl





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What does a girl want the pubic hair area around the penis&testicles to be like?





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Hi, I'm a 17 year old girl. My breasts are fully grown BUT I have no armpit hair and a little bit of pubic hair. Am I normal? Is this a puberty stage? Hehe this is a little embarassing... Anyways, thanks! :)





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Hello, I'm a 15 year old boy almost 16. I have a lot of hair on my body, facial, arm pit and pubic hair are not a bother for me. On my legs, stomach area, chest area, round my nipples and a lot around my anus also leading out from that area. Is this normal for my age? I shave and shave my chest and stomach area, but it just makes me even more embarrassed. I've put up with it since I was 12, please reply and give me some advice on this situation. I'd really like to lead a normal life again. I get very embarrassed about this matter, I refuse to do P.E and anything that requires me to show my body for what it is underneath clothes.





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hi I am a almost 20yr old female. I get facial hair even around my cheeks and chin, I have chest hair that connects to my shoulders, arm pit and down my back and arms, I have it on my stomach and down my but and area and on my legs and feet. the hair on my but, area, legs, upper lip, arm pit, and arms are all thicker than the other hair. I even have thick eyebrows but those are the stuff I can live with. I started growing hair even pubic hair when I was 9 even before I started my cycle. now its just embarrassing cause I get bumps on my bum from shaving the hairs. my mom was similar to hair growth that I am but mine is even on my back which she didn't have.





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I'm a 13 year old girl and have dark hairs on my stomach and starting to notice on my breast. Should I ask my mom about laser hair removal? Because I really don't want it to come back





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