why do we have hair on our toes

Hair isn't just for looks. The hair on our heads keeps us warm and protects against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, while that growing in our noses keeps out dust and other unwanted intruders. But what about the hair on some people's knuckles? "Generally speaking, we don't know," said John Hawks, a biological anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One explanation, Hawks said, is that it's hair leftover from evolution: Our
were covered with hair, and we are left with the small patches that seem to have persisted through the weeding out of natural selection.


But knuckle hair is a bit mysterious because other surviving patches have a purpose. For example, the hair strips we call eyebrows protect our eyes from dust and sweat. Knuckle hair, on the other hand, appears to be useless. "There is some literature on 'mid-digital hair,' which is when a person has hair on the middle segments of the fingers," Hawks told Life's Little Mysteries. This trait is inherited from your parents and is encoded by a, which means that you have a 50-percent chance of getting it if your mom or dad sports hair on his or her fingers.


If you're hoping to get rid of the, go ahead and shave it, as you will likely not miss it. Got a question? to Life's Little Mysteries and we'll try to answer it. Due to the volume of questions, we unfortunately can't reply individually, but we will publish answers to the most intriguing questions, so check back soon. Do you have hair on your toes? Most predominantly on your big toe? You may have assumed that it s leftover from our ancestors and was there originally to keep our shoeless feet warm and protected. Or maybe you think it s got something to do with your diet accelerating your hair growth.


Although those are pretty solid guesses, would you be surprised to know that whether or not you grow hair on your toes and fingers, for that matter is hereditary? If your mum and dad have hair on their knuckles you have a 50% chance of growing it yourself. This is down to the dominant gene you may have inherited from your parents. If they have bald knuckles, you are much less likely to see any hair growth in this area. All images: Getty So, you ve got hair on your toes and you know that you have your genetics to blame, but what do you do about it?


We spoke to Nathalie Eleni, Braun Beauty Expert, to ask advice on the best way to remove hair from your knuckles. This is what she suggested: Many of us have unwanted hair on our knuckles and toes, Nathalie explained. The good news is there are some simple hair removal options, such as epilation, which is a fast and effective method that lasts longer perfect for the Summer when we live in sandals and flip flops. An easy tip to help you prepare your skin before epilation is to soak the toe and knuckles in warm water.


It helps open your pores and weakens the hair strands, meaning they will be much easier to remove. When your skin s prepped and ready for epilation, be sure to pull the skin taught by bending the finger or toes, so the epilator can cleanly and effectively pluck out your hair from the root, leaving your skin smooth and hair free. As well as epliation, you can also shave, wax and pluck knuckle hair. You can also include it in laser hair removal treatment. Like this? Subscribe to the Good Housekeeping newsletter.