Grow Facial Hair

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Q: At what age does a man usually get notable facial hair? I’m 16 already and every one of my peers has facial hair. I would like to grow a beard. My puberty seemed normal. My voice changed at 13 I got pubic hair and armpit hair about six months earlier than that.
I still don’t have body hair: no leg hair, chest hair, back hair, arm hair, neck hair, shoulder hair, or facial hair. Please don’t tell me how great it is not to having it. I really want to be hairy.

A: Well, puberty is the start of a period called adolescence which can take a decade or more in some cases to finish working its mysteries on the body. During this time, the body begins undergoing changes, many of which you are aware of already.
For me, I got my hair in the pits and pubes around 12, but my voice didn’t break until I was 15 and changed twice more by the time I was 18. I was 18 when I began getting decent chest hair, and I was 25 before I could grow a decent beard.
If you want to get an idea of how you’re likely to develop, look to your dad and other male relatives in earlier generations (your mom’s or dad’s brothers, grandfathers, etc.). There is no guarantee that you’ll develop just like any of them, but it does paint a better picture of what you can possibly expect.
If your predecessors had lots of hair, then the odds are that you just need to wait a bit longer to see the things you’re really waiting for. If the uncles and grandparents differ greatly in the hair department, you may not get exactly what you want, but it’s still way too soon to give up hope.
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