We never fail to be amazed about what our readers and visitors worry about. Of all the things that can go wrong with our health, the color of our pubic hair seems pretty low on the list. Nevertheless, many people do seem concerned about both the amount and the color of this hair. See some questions and answers below:
Will Rogaine Regrow Lost Pubic Hair?
Q. I’m 63 and have had a hysterectomy. I know this question is for vanity’s sake, but I don’t want to ask my doctor because I would feel too self-conscious.
Is there anything that can be done for loss of pubic hair? Will Rogaine help? I am embarrassed for my husband to see me without any clothes.
A. Our dermatological consultant could offer no suggestions about the cause of such hair loss. There is no obvious medical condition that would account for this.
Rogaine (minoxidil) might work, but there are no studies to determine if it is helpful in the pubic area. Before you assume your husband would be shocked, check with him. He might not be unhappy with your lack of pubic hair.
Q. I was intrigued to read about the lady who had lost her pubic hair and wanted to know if Rogaine could help. I had the same problem. Not only did I lose my pubic hair, but also the hair under my arms, and on my arms and legs.
I don’t know if my thyroid problem was responsible but it has led to loss of hair on my head. I just wanted to let you and that lady know that she is not alone with her problem. Please urge her again to be sure to tell her husband and not be embarrassed.
A. Thyroid trouble can trigger hair loss and this gland should be checked in anyone experiencing such a sudden change. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Can you Dye Your Pubic Hair?
Q. I have never seen my question written up. Is there anything you can use to color graying pubic hair?
I am only in my early forties and I am very distraught about the gray hair I have noticed in this region. I am sure I am not the only one who would like to know about this.
A. We have never received such a question, but our dermatological consultants assure us that you are not the first person to inquire. Unfortunately, there is no good answer.
Hair dyes made for the scalp may cause contact dermatitis for some people, even when used according to directions. Most manufacturers caution against application on other sensitive parts of the body. Pubic hair is sparser so there might be more skin exposure to the chemicals. Since there has been no testing for safety, we have to caution against using commercial dyes on your pubic hair.
Natural coloring agents like henna haven’t been tested either. One home remedy we came across in Sassy magazine suggested a hair coloring made of a quarter cup blackstrap molasses mixed with one tablespoon used coffee grounds, a tablespoon of dried rosemary and a tablespoon of your favorite conditioner. Wash off after 20 minutes. P.S. We make no promises about safety or effectiveness. It is likely to be messy!
Q. Your answer to a question about graying pubic hair was of great interest to me. I have found sunless tanning gel (No-Ad, manufactured by Solar Suncare) to be very inexpensive and effective in coloring pubic hair to a golden brown in one or two applications. Just moisten the hair and leave the gel on for an hour. Then wash the area with soap and water. The color remains for months. It can easily be reapplied as needed. The tanning gel should be washed from the hands promptly with soap and water as it will stain.
I discovered this method for darkening pubic hair quite by accident. It really works! Please don’t use my name since my wife doesn’t know the truth yet.
A. We do not understand why people are so concerned about graying pubic hair. Our dermatological consultants tell us, however, that this question comes up periodically. Commercial hair dyes are untested and unapproved for this use.
Sunless tanning gel seems pretty innocuous although we doubt the FDA has cleared it for the use you suggest. Such sunless tanning products have come a long way in recent years and allow for a safer tan than sun exposure. Before anyone tries your trick, they should make sure sensitive skin in that area is not going to react adversely. A little test on the inside of the arm might be a good way to start.