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To the Editor.—
"Whisker hair" is the name that barbers have given to the short, dark, curly hair that grows anterior to, over, and behind the ears in young men. This hair begins to appear in young men at approximately 18 to 25 years of age. It only occurs in individuals who are, or will be, quite bald. It undoubtedly received the name "whisker hair" because of its resemblance and proximity to the beard. In severe cases it appears to be a continuation of the beard over and around the ears (Fig 1 and 2). A search of the dermatology literature shows no reference to this type of hair.Whisker hair is important to dermatologists for two reasons. First, because it is cosmetically unattractive, reaches a length of only 2 to 3 cm, and styles poorly, patients may visit the dermatologist concerning it. Second, it is of special importance to
Norwood OT. Whisker Hair. Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(8):930-931. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010080002004