What is “Body Hair Attraction”?
An attraction to Body Hair or Trichophilia (Hair Fetishism) is the perception of high desirability for hair whether on the scalp, nether regions, back, chest, and more. This attraction functions mainly on the preference for body hair; as this is a major factor for sexual attraction and more directly, arousal.
The preference for body hair is not actually an uncommon one. Humans, in general, have a subconscious and often repressed acceptance for body hair. The lack of body hair or the removal of it is a societal affectation that is tied to perception. It is enculturated based on the environment. A nature vs. nurture idea where an individual will naturally grow hair at certain locations but are raised or nurtured to groom these areas either for aesthetics or peer-based rules on hygiene.
Body hair attraction is, in fact, hard-wired into our brains but has become a recessive attraction. The psychology of body hair attraction is in the image of virility and in some circles, naturism. Being that a person is born relatively hairless, the growth of body hair enhances attraction while the subsequent growth of hair during puberty is a sign of maturity and potential sexual availability.
To be attracted to body hair falls under two different partialities:
- The attraction that is triggered by thoughts of virility, availability, strength, and beauty of an unshaved human form. This one is more of a subconscious partiality.
- The attraction that is triggered by the sexualization of body hair in general. Often unlimited by whether the hair is on the scalp, face or any part of the body. Although this is more of a conscious preference, it can also be a form of compulsion that can be deeply rooted in the psyche.
Body hair attraction as a preference is simple and not overtly taboo. It is like being attracted to taller people or muscular people. The best analogy would be the “Dad Bod” attraction that was quite widespread at the time.
It is when preference gives way to sexual compulsion that body hair attraction becomes an issue. The problem herein lies in the obsession for hair which can lead to uncomfortable situations and issues in interacting with other people.
For more reading on closely related terms, try armpit fetishism which is the attraction and partiality to the potential sexual nature of armpits. Other related topics include pubic hair fetish which is arousal gained from seeing or touching hair from the pubic region.