A woman’s relationship with her body hair can be many things: expensive, painful, frustrating and, occasionally, just plain puzzling. Because while we understand why most hairs sprout where they do (lone grey pubic hair, this does not include you) – the odd follicle leaves us flummoxed.
Case in point: nipple hair.
We all have one, or one little bunch, whose sole mission in life seems to be to poke out of our bra at inopportune moments to say hello. (Usually when we’re naked with someone. And usually when the hair has grown so long that said naked person can’t miss it).
So, what’s nature up to?
“Firstly, it is absolutely normal for women to have extra or obvious hairs on their breasts, usually around the areola,” reassures GP Dr Sam Hay.
But wait until you hear the curious reason why.
“Humans have remnants of what’s known as the mammary line,” he explains.
“It’s an embryological line that runs from the armpit, over the breasts and down to the groin. If you think about dogs, they still have a whole line of nipples. We’ve evolved down to just one set, but along that (otherwise invisible) line you classically have extra hair growth. And, like the hair in your armpit and pubic region, it’s thicker and darker than in other places,” he adds.