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Unwanted hair

Nowadays women spent more time taking care of sexy appearance and attractive soft silky skin. Actually women’s smooth skin is very important not only for women but for men also. What about unwanted hair?

During last decades we witness several changes in society concepts of masculinity and femininity. According to modern standards women are not supposed to have hair on their face and/or body (especially models, actresses, women from show business, well known mistresses, etc.).

It is important to mention that biologically all women have some kind of extra unwanted hair in different parts of body – unwanted hair can be on legs, arms, underarms, bikini line or the face.

Unwanted hair – Magdalena Ventura with her husband and son (1631)

Despite the assumption that women do not have or should not have facial and/or body hair, many women suffer from unwanted hair and they are forced to remove all unwanted hair as they should be able to look beautiful according to modern society standards.

In XV-XVIII centuries the ideas of women beauty were more realistic and loyal. History knows many examples of hairy women who were very popular in ancient society.

Visiting art galleries we can observe portraits of ancient women who were well known because of their excessive “unwanted hair”.

For example, famous Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera in 1631 AD introduced his painting “Magdalena Ventura with Her Husband and Son” which clearly demonstrated Magdalena’s excess hair grow (“unwanted hair” according to modern society).

Modern celebrities are also not an exception – they also have biologically unwanted hair which is properly removed, so nobody can see it.

Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor was born with hypertrichosis, an excessive body hair condition. She was covered with dark hair all over her body, including her ears and nose. Though it eventually fell off, the actress was known to shave her face to create a smooth, hairless effect.


Rita HayworthThe flame-haired actress, who was actually born with black hair, had her hairline raised a full inch with electrolysis. Also, her hair grew so quickly that she had to dye it every three days to conceal her dark roots.


Kim Kardashian
Kim has revealed she started getting the intimate beauty treatment from the young age and would go with her mother and sister at least once a month to have her hair removed.

During interview with, she said: “Literally, at twelve years old I had a bikini wax. I had an appointment once a month on a specific day, like every Friday we’d go and get the inside of our brows waxed and a bikini wax.”

Kim – who has been promoting the TRIA Laser Hair Removal System mentioned: “I used to have my own wax kit at home and I used to just wax all the time. If you look at pictures of me from even three years ago I had like two inches of baby hairs on my forehead, but they weren’t thick enough to slick back, so they were permanently down and I would wax them all the time and now I lasered them and now they don’t come back.

“And then when my hair was up in a ponytail I used to have hair on my neck and I had it lasered off. I’m, like, obsessed with hair removal.”

Why women have unwanted hair?

Hair grow in women depends on hormones (mainly male hormones) and genetic history (family history with unwanted hair in women, increased skin sensitivity to normal levels of male hormones).

It is well known that main male hormone “testosterone” is produced not only in men but also in healthy women. Just level of testosterone in women body is very little – about 5-8% of men’s levels.

Usually during puberty all sex hormones are increasing and in both boys and girls testosterone levels rise at puberty, causing increased oiliness of the skin and the appearance of pubic and underarm hair. During puberty girls can also noted unwanted hair on lower legs, upper thighs, between the navel and pubic region, around the nipples and on the chin and upper lip. Some women could experience unwanted hair on other regions as well – on chest and abdomen, lower back, neck and cheeks.

How much hair is Normal?

The objective measurement of unwanted hair can be done by Ferriman Gallwey scoring system which is used to score the degree of excessive unwanted hair.

You can check your Ferriman Gallway score and Hair removal methods on next pages.

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