Body hair

Another main sign of puberty is body hair starting to grow in your armpits and between your legs, and the hair on your legs may become thicker and stronger.

The hair between your legs is called pubic hair and it may be a different colour from the hair on your head. When it has finished growing (after around two years or so from when it starts to grow), it is likely to be curly and to feel a bit coarse or wiry. You will probably notice just a few hairs at first, but more and more will grow over time. It generally forms a triangular shape but it may also grow up towards your belly button or down onto your inner thighs. All this is normal.

You may be embarrassed by this new hair on your body but do you need to do anything about it? There is a long tradition of removing body hair, simply for the sake of appearance, but there is no health reason at all to remove it. We rarely see images of women on tv, in films or in magazines with body hair but most women have it and there are good reasons for it being there. Pubic hair helps to carry sweat away from the skin, it cushions delicate areas of your body and it protects skin from bacterial infections.

There are different attitudes towards body hair across different cultures and you will make your own decisions depending on what makes you feel comfortable. If you decide to remove it, there are various methods – shaving, waxing, threading, using depilatory cream… You will find clear information and how to do it here.