What’s Great About Having a Hairy Chest, According to Science
Being a hairy man isn't so bad, research shows.
By Lauren Vinopal
Aug 09 2018, 3:56 PM EMAIL SHARE ￼
A hairy chests can be a source of insecurity for some men, but it’s perfectly natural and may even convey some health benefits. Whether your body’s specific cocktail of genes and androgens has given you a baby-smooth body or the chest of an abominable beach Yeti, here’s what science has to say about your chest hair:
It’s Normal To Have Uneven Chest Hair
Chest hair was categorized in 15 unique patterns spanning over four separate areas of the chest in 1965, based on a study of 1,400 men ages 17 to 71. Sternal, infraclavicular (below the collarbone), pectoral, and circumareolar (areola) hair make up the four areas where chest hair grows, with a majority of it falling on the pecs and sternum. The most common pattern was the pecto-sterno-infraclavicular pattern, where the breast, sternum, and end of the clavicle are hairy. This early research also established that it was common for men to have asymmetrical chest hair that followed different patterns on each side.
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