Body hair is a normal thing, but when you see it sprouting up in unexpected areas where there wasn’t any hair before, you can wonder what’s going on. What’s more, you will wonder whether the hair is normal. Your concerns will be heightened if you look to other people, magazines, and the internet and see people who don’t have hair in the same spots.
If you’ve recently noticed some hair on your stomach and are stressing out about whether it’s normal or not — and are thinking about how this could impact beach days — here’s the deal.
Is it normal to have hair on your stomach if you’re a girl?
Real talk: You can get hair on almost any part of your body, including your stomach. You might have had hair there before, but never noticed it before because it was too light and fine. You might only have started to notice it now that it’s darker or maybe because you’re wearing more crop tops and bikini tops.
If you’re going through puberty and are noticing the hair now, you can thank likely thank your genetics for it, according to Prevention. However, if you have long been and gone through puberty and you notice the hair on your stomach suddenly changing, you might want to consider getting your hormones checked. Sometimes, body can can indicate that the levels are off. That being said, there’s no need to panic.
Does it make a difference where the hair is? What if it’s all over?
If you look closely, you might actually see that you have a very fine layer of peach fuzz all over your stomach. Maybe, you’ve noticed your stomach hair now that you’re paler and the hair is growing in darker. Those are options, just like it’s an option that you might have hair going from your bellybutton to your pubic area. Some people call this treasure trails or happy trails, and it can be seen on girls and guys.
Should I remove it?
What you do with your body hair is your personal choice. You shouldn’t feel pressured that you need to remove it. There’s nothing wrong if it stays on your stomach. It’s not going to make any difference to how your body functions. Just because you don’t see people with hairier stomachs definitely doesn’t mean you’re the only one. For example, Cardi B showed off her stomach at the 2018 Grammys, and didn’t let the critics bring her down when they tried to shame her for it.
What if I do want to remove it?
The best hair removal method will depend on your lifestyle choices and how much you want to remove. If you have a few hairs you want to remove below your bellybutton, you might find that plucking is the easiest option. If you’re looking to remove all the hair across your stomach, waxing, shaving, and depilatory creams are probably better options. The thing to notice about shaving is that it just cuts down the hair, it doesn’t remove it at the root which means that it will grow faster and might appear thicker. Depilatory creams and waxing take the full hair follicle out so there will be more time between sessions.
If you want a permanent solution, you could consider laser hair removal. But, be aware that it’s not for everyone and it’s expensive AF. The hair has to be at the right growth stage, and it tends to work best on people with light skin and dark hair. It’ll also take multiple sessions to remove all of the hair ($$$) but the results will be permanent.
Got anything else to add?
Everyone is different so try not to sweat if your body looks different than someone else’s. I know that it can sometimes be difficult, but try to celebrate what makes you unique and work with what you’ve got. Body hair isn’t anything to be ashamed of, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of leaving it be or deciding to remove it. It’s your body, your choice.
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