Each person has about 2 million hairs and only about 100,000 of these are on the scalp. We have hairs over our entire body, except the lips, soles of the feet and palms of the hands. In the UK, £25 million is spent every year on hair-removing products
Hairiness in women
- 25% of normal middle-aged women have unwanted facial hair
- After the menopause, the face becomes hairier, while the rest of the body’s hair is slowly lost
- 10% of 65-year-old women have noticeable chin hair
Hairiness in men
- Research among medical students in the USA found that 45% of male medical students were very hairy, compared with 10% of the general population
- In Kerala, in southern India, research among medical and engineering students and manual labourers found that the students had more body hair than the labourers; the top six in the class of engineering students were far hairier than the bottom eight
A study of 117 male members of the brainy society Mensa (you have to have an IQ of over 140 to join) showed that Mensa members had a tendency to thicker body hair – and the most intelligent had hair on their backs as well as on their chests
Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Tuesday, August 2nd 2011
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