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Vellus Hair

Vellus hair is one of two types of body hair. They are defined as fine, short, soft and usually have no color (non-pigmented) or are only lightly pigmented. Vellus hairs cover the majority of the body. Androgens (“male” sex hormones) can turn vellus hairs turn into the thicker, darker and more rigid terminal hairs.


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