The growth of hair could be highly desired and beautiful when located on the right spots and in the right proportions. Hairs in the right parts of the body could be aesthetically appealing and would aid in one’s attractiveness.
However, on the flipside, hairs on the wrong parts of the body inhibit one’s attractive looks. Ladies who have some hair on their jaws or necks tend to be less attractive to those without those facial hairs. Similarly, while hair on the chest is, in most cases, an attractive and desirable feature in men, it may not be a beautiful sight to see a lady with hairs on her chest.
This shows how much positive or negative effect that hair can have on one’s physical outlook when located on the right spots or otherwise.
One of the parts of the body where hairs are less desired, for both male and female, is the back. The back is usually more pleasant to look at when left bald. Hairs on the back may not always be a pleasant sight to everyone. In fact, it is a popularly said that back hairs are usually not sexy!
As a result, several of those who have found themselves with some back hairs are usually either desperate to hide their body from public glare or constantly and resolutely getting rid of the hairs any time they spring out. The societal stigmatization of back hairs could be understood to be based, to some extent, on its weird appearance.
However, some people tend to be at a loss in understanding why one would grow hair on the back. A number of questions have been asked, aimed at understanding whether or not it is normal to grow back hairs. Perhaps, if the society is a little more enlightened on why people grow back hairs, there will be lesser stigmatization.
Why Back Hairs Grow
Back hairs, as human features, are not alien or new to man. In fact, it has been scholarly established that the earlier man had much more hair than the conventional human being. A major reason for this has been said to be as a result of man adapting to his new mode of dressing.
Back hairs were responsible for protecting the much earlier human beings from cold when man was inadequately dressed or covered. Now, given the modern and contemporary means of covering, man’s body has, over the years, evolved to develop only very little or no hair at all. It is therefore no gainsay when we say that the possession of back hairs is one of man’s normal features.
However, while we acknowledge that having back hairs is one of man’s normal features, it is also apt to note that genetics play a role in determining those who have back hairs and the extent to which one has them.
Genetics deal with the transfer of genes from parents to offspring. These genes transferred are responsible for the phenomenon of children looking like their parent or taking after them behaviorally. Now, dealing with the evident situation of the inequality of the possession of back hair by humans, it is in the reality that genetics offer that we find an answer.
A person tends to take after his father or mother who has back hairs. It should therefore not be a surprise to find out that some people do not deal with any back hair at all while several others are constantly struggling to keep their backs bare.
While it is possible that one may not take after specific features from one’s parent, it is usually expected that a child takes after either or both of his Parent’s body features. Having said this, it shouldn’t be so difficult to be able to tell why some people carry some back hairs when others do not.
The normal growth of hair in every human bodies are usually regulated by some hormones called Androgens. Androgens are said to be able to produce hair by changing small vellus follicles thereby producing invisible hairs which develop into larger follicles and consequently creating bigger hairs.
The influence of androgens is therefore primarily responsible for growth of hair in the human body. Nevertheless, the response of androgens to human body may differ from one person to the other just as it may differ from one part of the body to another. It is these hormones that aid with the development of features of puberty in both male and female by helping in the production of hair in specific places.
The growth of beards, moustache, chest hair and etc. in the growing male are proofs of the activity of androgens in the body. Now, the parts of the body where people grow hair may differ from one person to another owing to the differences in areas where androgens are most sensitive.
The fact that some grown men never grew beards is a relevant example of this. Similarly, this goes a long way to express the reason why some people grow hairs on their chests or backs while others do not. For example, Mr A’s back may be androgen-sensitive while Mr B’s back isn’t.
Back Hair in Females
While, back hair is quite believed to be common or normal with men, a woman’s possession of back hairs is usually seen to be strange. Some research works have proven the falsity in this by revealing that the female gender, just like the male, is expected to inherit such traits from parents.
Another explanation as to why some females develop back hairs or facial hairs similar to what should be expected of only males, is the possibility of excessive male sex hormone. The primary female sex hormone is the “Estrogen”. It is responsible for the normal female features and behavior.
It is also expected that women produce the male sex hormones, testosterone, in small measures, in their ovaries and adrenal glands. However, in situations where the testosterone hormones are produced in excess leads to situations where a female could develop some male features such as the development of beards, hairs on the chest, moustache. This could also be responsible for androgen sensitive and, consequently, hairy backs.