What Types of Hair Develop on Girls during Puberty?

Learn about the development of pubic hair, body hair, and facial hair from Jennifer Wider, M.D. in this Howcast video.

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Going through puberty? You probably have a million questions about the changes your body is undergoing but are too embarrassed to ask them. That's why Howcast asked Dr. Jennifer Wider to address all the issues that pre-teens and teenagers have about puberty, like how to handle acne, body odor, body hair, breast development, and body shape changes. She also talks about masturbation, involuntary erections, wet dreams, genital changes, weight gain, and raging hormones. Check out what Dr. Wider has to say about puberty in these videos.

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One of the first changes that you're going to experiencing after your breasts start to develop, is pubic hair development. Pubic hair starts to develop probably around the ages of 9, 10, 11, 12, all the way up to 16. And the hair grows in your genital area, it starts off as sort of thin and soft and light and then it starts to get darker and thicken up and curlier. It takes on sort of a triangular pattern and can even grow up your inner thigh and outer leg. This is all normal. After pubic hair starts to develop, you can get hair in other weird places also. Like under your arm you can get air, you can get hair on your upper lip, you can get the hair on your arms and legs start to darken and become thicker. Some women decide that they want to remove their hair, especially the hair on the upper lip or their hair underneath their arms or even the hair on your legs. This is an individual choice and totally up to you. There are tons of products on the market and I really recommend speaking to somebody that has done this before. Maybe an older sister, your mom, an older friend perhaps. Talk to someone who's done this, remove their hair before. There are waxes, there are bleaches, there's shaving. Just remember it's sort of a high maintenance game because once you start to shave or wax the hair is going to grow back. And sometimes it grows in thicker and stronger than before you just have to keep it up if you do decide to shave or remove the hair. All of this is normal, it's no reason to feel embarrassed. Everyone will go through puberty and experience hair growth. Not to worry, it's all normal and it's all going to be okay.

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  • Jennifer Wider, MD

    Jennifer Wider, M.D., is a nationally-renowned women’s health expert, author and radio host. She has appeared as a health expert on the Today show, CBS News, Good Day NY, Fox News and News Channel 8. Dr. Wider is a medical advisor to Cosmopolitan magazine and hosts a weekly radio segment on Sirius Satellite/XM Radio called “Am I Normal?” for Cosmo Radio. Dr. Wider is the author of three books, including The Savvy Woman Patient, The Doctor’s Complete College Girls’ Health Guide and most recently, The New Mom’s Survival Guide. She is a graduate of Princeton University and received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.