The Purpose of Armpit Hair

Is it OK to shave your armpit hairs?

Many people complain about armpit hair. Armpit hair causes body odor and they are very unsightly. The negative attributes of armpit hair are seemingly evident at first glance. But, are armpit hairs really a nuisance, or at the very least unnecessary to the human body?

Arguably, the smelliest part of the body is the armpit. The reason behind this, is that the underarm hair is a trap for bacteria, sebum, and pheromones. Bacteria plus sebum equals odor. And pheromones? Well they’re the sexual chemicals that the body produces and they are contributory to the growing “smell pool.”

Shaving armpit hairIn modern times, it is considered very unattractive, especially for women, to have thick armpit hairs. To some cultures, it is even required for women to shave their underarm hair. While some European women don’t shave their armpits as defiance to imposed cultural codes, it is necessary for Islamic women to do so. But in many East Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea, keeping the armpit hair is perfectly normal. Even in India, it is 100% alright to keep your armpit hair on.

While it is a common belief that shaving will produce even thicker growth, there is absolutely no truth to this at all. The reason is that the number of hair follicles isn’t affected by shaving. It may seem that armpit hair grows more aggressively than other hairs, but shaving the armpit occurs more frequently simply because it grows faster than the leg-hair.

Armpit hair provides lubrication and lessens the friction of the skin between your arm and your body. The production of sebum prevents the skin from drying and cracking. Without armpit hair, the armpits would be susceptible to wounds and sores similar to a diaper rash in baby bottoms.

The pheromones are the sex chemicals produced by our body to attract mates. Armpit hair acts as a collector of pheromones or a pheromone trap, if you can call it that. The more pheromones there are, the more attractive you are to the opposite sex. The only catch is that you might stink a little, but it’s undeniable that you’re getting the attention of your potential mate at a hormonal level. We tend to underestimate scent as a tool for sexual attraction, but no one can deny that pheromones could be useful. On Amazon, you can find lots of Pheromone Colognes listed. These are basically colognes with pheromones added to them.

Think before you shave…

So if you are looking to completely remove your armpit hairs, think again. They serve their very own purpose. If length turns out to be too much of a bother, regular trimming and maintenance will do. And don’t forget to take a bath regularly, especially when the hormones are starting to rage. You want to attract a mate with your pheromones, not overwhelm them. Keep in mind that armpit hairs are more help than they look.

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