Do you sport a Fu Manchu? A soul patch? If so, chances are good that you're a man and that you owe your ability to grow that facial hair to your hormones. As children, both boys and girls have light, soft body hair called vellus hair. When puberty kicks in, things change. Hormones called androgens, which are present in both sexes, stimulate vellus hair to darken and coarsen.
Why Do Women Get Facial Hair?
This is why some women get hair on their faces
There are really only two types of facial hair: beards and mustaches. Think about it like part of a Linnaean taxonomy of human traits that we just made up but totally makes sense, where facial hair is a family, beards and mustaches are each a genus, and their many varieties are individual species that could interbreed, as it were, to create hybrid subspecies like the duck-billed platypus of the facial hair family, the soul patch. The Economist wrote about that very philia in a article about the growing trend of beardedness while reporting from the National Beard and Mustache Championship that was taking place in Brooklyn that year … obviously. If you are breathing right now, then you must be aware that the beards The Economist reported on were part of more than just a passing trend.
This is why some women get facial hair
Female facial hair a series of contradictions — common yet considered abnormal — and the pressure to remove it represents the most basic rules of the patriarchy. W omen like me have been keeping a secret. The removal of facial hair is just as paradoxical — the pressure to do it is recognized by many women as a stupid social norm and yet they strictly follow it. Because these little whiskers represent the most basic rules of the patriarchy — to ignore them is to jeopardize your reputation, even your dignity.
Women with visible facial hair have often been treated like sideshow attractions, attracting curiosity and ridicule even when not performing in an actual 19th-century carnival. But facial hair, like all body hair, is completely natural. Some women simply have more of it than others, whether they're trans or dealing with a hormonal health condition like polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS. Hirsutism, in which lots of hair grows where it otherwise might not, is one of PCOS's most common symptoms. And while beauty standards have traditionally dictated that women's faces should be hairless to be attractive, many women are now actively embracing their beards and mustaches as part of their identities.