By Diana Pilkington for the Daily Mail. Shaving, waxing, plucking - many of us spend hours getting rid of body hair. But this week, singer Miley Cyrus decided to challenge convention and leave her underarms unshaved - perhaps she's onto something, as there may be health benefits to having an ample covering of fuzz. Here, with the help of experts, we explore why being hairy may be good for you. Singer Miley Cyrus this week shocked fans with this photo by challenging convention - and leaving her underarms unshaved. Hair anywhere on the body is important for maintaining skin health, explains Des Tobin, a professor of cell biology at the University of Bradford. Hair follicles are also rich in stem cells - cells that never lose the capacity to renew themselves - which help the skin heal. Similarly, a bald scalp is less able to cope with nicks, cuts and bruising than a hairy one because of the lack of healthy follicles. As we age, follicles shrink and while people who lose hair will still have some stem cells, their healing capacity may be reduced. The good news is that removing hair through shaving or waxing won't reduce these benefits because the hair follicles are still intact.
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Some men may have hairy backs. Women can sometimes have hairy backs, too. Common beauty or fashion standards may make people feel like having a hairy back is undesirable or unattractive. In men, having hairy arms, chests, or faces tends to be considered more attractive than having back hair. This can pressure those with hairy backs to want to remove the hair. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the opinion that matters most of all is your own. Having hair on your back may increase body heat and be uncomfortable during hot weather. In men, genetics is the most common cause of a hairy back. Certain genes can make men more sensitive to the effects of testosterone , the male hormone that encourages growth of body hair.
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