What Types of Hair Develop in Boys during Puberty?

Learn about the facial hair and body hair that boys develop during puberty from Jennifer Wider, M.D. in this Howcast video.

So what is one thing you notice when you put a man next to a boy? One of the most basic differences between a man and a boy is hair.

When you go through puberty, you are developing a lot of hair, and sometimes in weird places, places you’ve never had hair before. And you may feel like a hairy caveman, but the truth is a lot of these changes are normal.

So let’s do a little hair 101. One of the first places you’re going to notice hair is on your upper lip, and it may start to form a mustache. This is totally normal.

In some guys it starts off as very thin and soft and you may barely notice it, and then it can start to grow. Other guys don’t really notice it at all if they have lighter hair.

Another place that you are going to start notice hair is on your cheeks and on your chin. And it’s where a beard might grow, later on.

Again, the hair starts off as soft and thin and light in color. And as you move through puberty and get older, it gets thicker and darker and coarser. All of this is normal.

You may develop some underarm hair. And you will also notice that the hair on your arms and legs starts to get darker and a little thicker.

These are all normal parts of puberty on the journey from a boy to becoming a man. What you need to remember is, some guys like to shave.

Some guys are totally psyched about the hair, and they think it makes them feel really manly, and other guys are completely bummed.

This is up to you. You may want to shave. There are tons of products out on the market, and I completely recommend talking to somebody that’s been shaving, maybe your dad or an older sibling, a coach or maybe even your doctor, about products that may work for you.

And remember, it’s a high maintenance game, shaving, because once you start, the hair usually grows back darker and thicker, and you have to keep it up.

And that wraps up hair 101, hair growth, puberty and boys.