Brenda (antikythera) wrote in little_details,
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Men, albinos, and body hair

I have two separate but related questions, for the day-to-day details of my male characters.

1) Does albinism affect the pattern of hair growth as well as its colour? If all of the men in one family are consistently hairy-chested, hairy-armed, etc., and one is born albino, is he likely to be as hairy as his brothers (but just in a different colour)?

What about the rate of hair growth? Does an albino have to shave or get haircuts more often or less often than a person with normal pigmentation, or is there no effect?

I've googled for combinations of terms like albinism, "amount of body hair", "hair growth" and variations thereof, but I just get general discussions on all the different genetic attributes of humans and other animals.

2) This isn't so much a research question as a personal experience survey question. Guys, how often do you shave your faces if you don't want to grow a beard or get overly stubbly? Or, how many days of not-shaving does it take you to get significant stubble? (Answers are also welcome from girls who live with guys and observe their hygiene habits.) I'm mainly interested in finding out how much variation there can be, especially with race/ethnicity and age. I could look up averages, but my characters don't need to be average -- I just want them within the range of possibility. (And I don't want to have them ranging around on quests for weeks at a time and never getting so much as a five-o'clock shadow!)

EDIT: Thanks, everyone -- this is very useful stuff!
Tags: ~science: biology: genetics
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