Puberty and hair: Time to start shaving

Body hair really gets going during puberty. Hair grows on your face around the chin, on your cheeks, above the lip, on your chest, under your armpits and even down there in your pubic area.

Some boys may start to notice that the hair on your head is oilier and needs to be washed more often. Even the hair on your arms and legs becomes thicker and darker. Remember that there's nothing to worry about because hair is just one of the body's many ways of telling you that you are on your way to becoming a man.

Boys don't really need to do anything about this new hair that's growing. Later, when the hair gets thick enough on your face you may want to talk with your parents about shaving. You can shave using a razor or use clippers on your face. Some boys don’t like body hair so they shave their bodies as well. It’s your choice!


Using a razor cuts the hair away at the surface of the skin so it only lasts 1-3 days. It's cheap and easy to do but your hair can grow back darker and thicker. Remember to always clean your razor after shaving and never lend or borrow a razor; this spreads germs!


A sticky wax is spread on the area of skin where the unwanted hair is growing and then pulled off quickly, taking the hair root with it. Hair only grows back after 3-6 weeks. It can be done at a salon or at home. It can be very painful especially as male hair is thicker!

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