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Popular Pubic Hair Styles: History and How To Create Them

Updated on January 27, 2012

There was a time when hair styles meant only turning heads, but not any more...

Nowadays, beauty may be only skin deep but it apparently does extend to every square millimetre of that skin – visible or not. In a world gone apparently mad, we have invented laser hair removal, pubic hair waxing, and don't even mention "vaginal enhancement" (which is the polite advertising speak for a plastic surgery operation for women in search of a designer vagina). In some countries this procedure is the fastest growing form of cosmetic surgery, which is REALLY scary. Yes, seriously.

And men, no you are NOT excluded - check out part 2 - For Men Only!

For a good laugh, check out the Pubic hair Funny Video page!

A Well-Maintained Thatch

In The Name Of Fashion...

Is there anything women won't do in the name of fashion? Apparently, to be fashionable nowadays, you need to invest in more than some upmarket designer or celebrity-look-alike accessories. You need to pay attention (and in some cases, a lot of money) to your nether regions. Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow – the list of celebs with designer thatches is endless. Yes we're talking about pubic hairstyling, ladies. 

The Root Of The Problem: Puberty And Pubic Hair

Around about puberty, we tend to change. Young people start to develop adult tastes, experimenting with drugs, rock and roll and yes, You-Know-What. S-E-X. Women grow breasts, brightly colored fingernails, piercings, tattoos and more than a passing interest in the opposite sex. They suddenly develop shoe fetishes and handbag fads, and start to do most things in a not-so-subtly different way.

But what, at the same time, is happening downstairs?

During puberty your body releases large quantities of hormones called androgens. These hormones cause "androgenic hair" to grow. We're born with vellus hair all over, and then durng puberty the androgens cause some bits of it to change into "terminal hair". Androgens are male hormones, which is why men get more androgenic hair than ladies. This is more long, coarse and dark (yes, she MAY be a natural blonde guys, it's SUPPOSED to be darker…) than the vellus hair. Scalp, face, chest, armpits, and pubic area grow androgenic, terminal hair (sounds quite exciting when you put it like that, doesn't it?).

Did Mother Nature Invent Lawnmowers?

But why, oh why, Mother Nature? Well, the pubic hair has a big part to play in the sexual drama that puberty unfolds - in gathering the scent of your nether regions, the pheromones, so members of the opposite sex can smell your availability more easily. That is, if the pheromones can get past the Calvin Klein underwear, body lotion, deororant, perfume, FemFresh panty liners, and clothing we add to the surface, that is.

But I'm not curly! (at least not on top)

Unlike regular head hair, pubic hair tends to be curly. There's a reason for this. Pubic hair follicles are more sensitive to androgens that other hair follicles, so they push out hair that's more curly. Kinky, huh?

History of Pubic Hair Styes


Cited by the Oxford English Dictionary as the first usage of the word merkin – a pubic wig. Then worn by prostitutes to cover the signs of lice and venereal disease, now worn by actresses in films…


Britain's Penthouse magazine exposes pubic hair for the first time in a pornographic magazine "albeit to the point of invisibility". Hugh Hefner famously refused to show pubic hair in his Playboy magazine, while his rival publication, Penthouse, laid it out for all to see….

Mid 1970

Rio de Janeiro's beaches give rise to the fashion phenomenon the string bikini. This covers your "front bottom" but leaves the rear exposed. Nowadays this is hardly news, with the "thong" reportedly being the no 1 selling underwear for some age groups. But this is where the rot apparently set in. Enter soon afterwards the Brazilian bikini, so small that it requires either a very brave face on it, or removal of at least part of the pubic hair. Et Voila! Popular uubic hair styles and styling was truly born!

January 2003

Model Carmen Kass appears in a Gucci ad pulling down her panties to reveal a letter G shaven into her thatch. The iconic image was taken by photographer Mario Testino, and appears in Vogue's February 2003 edition. He called the image "Pubic Enemy". It caused pubic outrage in some countries, and was the source of a fair bit of vitriolic about advertising and sex/the degradation of women in the media. Rather surprisingly, your favorite designer logo doesn't seem to have made it as a popular pubic hairstyle, though...

David Beckham Mohican haircut

Copyright Laurence Griffiths/ AllSport/ Getty Images
Copyright Laurence Griffiths/ AllSport/ Getty Images


During the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by Japan, David Beckham sported a Mohican haircut. It's well-known that Mr Beckham is idolised in many parts of Asia, but none more so than Japan. On a return visit to Japan in 2003, he might not have been too surprised to find that the Japanese ladies loved him still. And even more than Gucci. A Japanese magazine, Shukan Jitsuwa, ran an article on the trend, especially prevalent among female office workers, for styling their pubic hair into Mohicans...The Beckham Mohican for ladygardens instantly shot to no 1 in the pubic hairstyles fashion charts! 

"Some magazines have carried articles about styling your pubic hair and they referred to the Beckham look," the magazine quoted Minako, an office worker. "But we'd been doing it for a while before those stories came out." Yeah right. The Geisha's just got up and decided their pubic hairstyles were a little "au naturelle" and fancied a little bit off the sides all completely out of the blue? And Victoria Beckham's the Pope.

June 2008

Sienna Miller has to have her ladygarden "digitally enhanced" for her film role in "Hippie Hippie Shake". Set in the swinging sixties, apparently Ms Miller's bush wasn't vintage enough to look the part. Most modern popular pubic hair styles are rather thinner on the ground, so to speak, than classic vintage shag pile... The Studio allegedly tried a merkin, or pubic wig initially, but there were one or two nude scenes and it just didn't look realistic. So she was digitally given a full head of hair at both ends, but the pubic hairstyle's stylist doesn't seem to be credited in the film's credit... Funny that.

DIY Pubic Hair Styles For The LadyGardening Enthusiast

Firstly, you are not alone, even if you choose not to visit a salon that does pubic hair work. You too can have whichever of the current popular pubic hair styles you choose. You can buy your own wax, shavers and even stencil kits for the DIY enthusiastic among you (or the terminally embarrassed).

Ex Playboy Deborah Driggs has written a helpful guide – "The Girl's Guide To Primping, Passion and Pubic Fashion" by Deborah Driggs and Karen Risch. Anyone wishing to check this out can purchase a copy here:

Betty Beauty Dye

I Don't Want To Get My Locks Off!

If you'd rather keep all the hair you have, fret not, you can just dye it.

Betty dye is completely natural specially formulated for "Betty hair" and comes in a range of colors. That is, it's composition is completely natural – I'm just not sure how natural it is to dye your ladygarden in the first place. It also covers grey hair, so those of you who worry your private parts may appear a little past their sell by date can now sleep at night.

In Paul Verhoeven's WW2 thriller "Black Book", BLACK BOOK, the brunette heroine peroxides her lower hair to go deep undercover as an Aryan princess.

Seriously, you should not use normal hair dye "down below" because the skin is sensitive and the chemicals in regular hair dye can irritate and inflame. Plus, normal hair dyes tend to run… need I say more? I'm sure you get the picture. And if not, visit Nancy Jarecki's Betty Beauty Inc for the full low down on the pubic hairstyles scene.

How Does Your LadyGarden Grow? Popular Pubic Hair Styles For All Tastes – In Alphabetical Order

  • The Afro

    Not confined to heads, it seems.

  • The Arrow

    A Brazilian strip, with an arrowhead on the bottom – presumably in case that special someone needs a little help finding their way home.

  • The Bikini Bottom/Bikini Line

    Just a little tidying really – hair remains giving the effect of a bikini bottom shape when viewed from the front (excuse me for being dense but don't they all look like that anyway?)

  • The Brazilian

    The most famous popular pubic hair style of them all... Removing all but a very thin strip down the centre.

  • The Cardshark

    Hair is removed to leave a playing card design. Hearts, diamonds and spades are popular but clubs rarely sported. And apparently it's not the done thing to centralise the design – it should be to one side of centre.

  • The Charlie Chaplin

    A horizontal strip like a Chaplin moustache. Also called the Hitler or Adolf.

  • The French

    Removing a strip of hair both sides – less dramatic than a Brazilian.

  • The Hollywood/Lolita/Kojak/Yuk Brynner

    All gone. Nada.

  • The Isosceles

    This is a triangular version of the French.

  • The Landing Strip

    Referred to in Military circles as the Runway. Wider than a Brazilian, narrower than a French. It's all in the width…

  • The MC Hammer

    Chevrons, as seen on the famous eyebrow. And no, your third eye is on your FOREHEAD...

  • The Mohawk

    Or, as they say in Japan, the Beckham Mohawk… About the same width as a Brazilian or slightly wider. What's in a name anyway?

  • The Patchouli

    All over the place, au naturelle. Also called the Rasta, and the Madonna.

  • The Princess Cut

    A vertical oval shape like an American Football or Rugby Ball.

Must-Watch Video of Popular Pubic Hairstyles

Get Your Betty Ready... Pubic Hair Salons newsreel...

Leaving It To The Professionals? Pubic Hairstyle Salon Procedure Tips For The Uninitiated

  1. Be prepared for embarrassing moments.
  2. Take lots of tissues. It hurts!
  3. Choose wisely. You can't get it changed if you don't like the results – it will need to grow out.
  4. No, you can't keep your underwear on.
  5. Wax is actually hot. Just be prepared.
  6. Stubble? Yes. Be warned.

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      8 years ago

      I am now 19 and have never shaved. I am quite hairy and it certainly shows when I wear my bikini. I think it is a sign of womanhood and none of the boys I have slept with have ever complained. They all like my thick black pussy and love to lick it and enjoy the taste.I have never shaved my armpits and they are hairier than most guys.

      I prefer to be natural and am not ashamed of what god has given me.

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      8 years ago

      my comments are my hair really thin what's shampo should i used watch thise will see my hair jennybelle boja

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      8 years ago

      Great info on my Blog including videos for you hair style enthusiasts!

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      9 years ago

      Oh... mindblowing.. I am 11 years old.. I have very dense hair in my vagina. I thought myself only having hairs in pubic area.. thank god.. all the gals and ladies in this world have..

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      to big 

      9 years ago

      this is great

    • SteveoMc profile image


      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Hysterical. What a peculiarly brave funny piece. LOL

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      9 years ago

      You said pubic hair tends to be curly.

      Get know an Asian or two, you may reconsider.

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      10 years ago from Haifa, Israel

      Oh my goodness! Yeah, I'm linking to this one from G4G. Good hub! :-)

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      Julie-Ann Amos 

      10 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK


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      acer laptop 

      10 years ago

      Great Hub you have here :) Please check out my website would love to network!

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      10 years ago from Pakistan

      Lmao!!brilliantly written hub, not to forget informative aswell :)

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      10 years ago

      lol ! Never knew world of fashion reached this deep !

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      My wife and I have had a shave fest but I hate having it bare and love her bare. She loves me bare and hates herself bare. We both say the hair tickles our noses. I trim for her and she trims for me but that's as far as we go. Great hub!

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      david @ malaysia flower 

      10 years ago

      nice hub, voted the best hub..

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      Miss Behaving 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN

      wow-that was great, and so historically relevant! I just rote a hub on a similar subject, sort of...and was so giddy to see yours-thanks so much! oh and the videos where a great touch!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      LOL Okay, I'm off to reading that one. :-)

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Why thank you! There's a male version too...

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Julie, PhD has a new meaning...Pubic hair designer. :-) Love your hub! :-)

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Thanks! Yes it took a LONG time to research this hub thoroughly, so it's nice to be appreciated.

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      Jerrico Usher 

      11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I read this to research what the laptop guy liked so much, and I couldn't stop laughing.. Julie... I'm shocked! lol you really did your homework here, not only is this a great article but its truly packed with a lot of QUALITY information, good work.

      I gave you a thumbs up :)



    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Thanks everyone for the comments - and glad to see MEN joining in Reg.

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      Reg Brittain 

      11 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

      I gotta get me some of that Betty dye for down there.

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Entertaining and very informative. I'm not sure what to think. I know I've learned something new here today.

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      Julie, I used your name in a hub I did. I hope you don't mind. You can check it out here.

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      Constant Walker 

      11 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Disturbed! Twisted! ...verging on disgusting!

      I couldn't stop reading...

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      11 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Julie-Ann. I love your hub. It's funny and yes it's pretty. Thumb's up! :)

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      11 years ago from White Plains, NY

      Voted for you in the hubnuggets contest! Good luck!

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      Bill Widner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas

      love it! nothing as pretty as well coiffed pubic area, and this gives the ladies some ideas.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Yee ha!

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      Ryan Hupfer 

      11 years ago from San Francisco, CA

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      11 years ago from North Wales

      Was it a deliberate misspelling of 'choose' on the sentence "Firstly, you are not alone, even if you "coose" not to visit a salon that does pubic hair work."? If so, veryy funny! :-D

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      11 years ago

      Great job Julie-Ann Amos, your this hub have nominated for September 17th Nuggets, that's also a gr8 news. congrats.

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      Research Analyst 

      11 years ago

      I have been seeing more women wearing the mohawk style where I live in Inland Valley. Thanks for the hub.


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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      11 years ago from Seattle

      Nice! And, this hub totally opened up a pubic hair disscussion with one of my co-workers!

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      11 years ago

      Very funny, what a great hub!

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      11 years ago from OKC

      Great Hub!

      I too laughed out loud this is a riot .. :o

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      Susan Keeping 

      11 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Sorry I haven't commented before. I'm just so shocked ;)

      Good job.

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      11 years ago from Georgia

      Funny stuff. My ex knew a girl that shaved most of her area, leaving a little to dye to match to whatever color she had dyed her hair.

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      11 years ago from Northern California

      Dying the hair down there? Wow... I wonder who invented that!

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      Marian Swift 

      11 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Inspired ... I am in awe.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Umm....EXCUSE ME? ProCW!!! Now, what makes you think I have the skinny on Jackalope brazilian hair removal salons, hmmm? Okay, okay - B.T. go to Holistic Spa's hubs - the link is there on the profile page, laser, wax, whatever you're up for. Guess I do know. :)

      This is a fantastic hub, Julie-Ann! I am also giving it a thumbs-up.

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      11 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Truly, truly funny! I loved the addition of the video demonstration! Interesting to think about, but the upkeep is probably a nightmare. I can't even shave my legs on a consistent basis...

      Although, the idea of dying it some really toxic color is rather appealing...

      Great hub and big thumbs up!

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      11 years ago

      That was great!!

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      oh, ok. Must have had my staches confused.

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      The Brazilian is vertical. The Hitler is another name for the Charlie Chaplin- horizontal.

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      I forgot to add that I thought the Brazilian was known as the hitler stache. Or it least it is here in Oklahoma.

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is so funny, I love that you came up with this.

      This reminds me of a quote my son said at about the age of 9. His siter was terrorizing him, like a big sister does and she was tickling him under his arms, my husband then asked "are you trying to pull out his armpit hair?" My son then says, "I don'y have any arm pit hair, I haven't been through pooperty yet! We still get a laugh from the comment to this day.

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      11 years ago from South Carolina

      This isn't normally a topic that I'd comment in, BUT... hehe... since you used the HubMob banner I created and all... here goes...

      Interesting take on the Hair Style Mob... and VERY creative.

      B.T. ... I bet you could find a Salon that does Brazilian waxes for jackalopes... hmm... ask Shirley, she could probably refer you to a very nice one! :)


    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      I'd like a lot off my bottom... or were you thinking of just hair?

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      B.T. Evilpants 

      11 years ago from Hell, MI

      I thought about a little off the bottom, But look at me. Why bother?

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      Ryan Hupfer 

      11 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I just read this on the train on my way to work and it seriously made me laugh out loud...yeah, that's how awesome it is. Can't wait to see what you come up with next week. :)

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      11 years ago

      this is hilarious!! people will do anything, won't they, to promote sex or the landing gear for the act!!

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Why thank you!  I just saw "hair styles" and off my mind went... in an unusual direction. Do spread the word if you enjoyed!

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      11 years ago from White Plains, NY

      That is seriously the best hub I've read ever. What a fabulous idea for the HubMob assignment. You go, girl! Funny, funny, funny. And enlightening.


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