Choice of grooming body hair is now a personal preference but it’s practice has shaped over centuries. Going back in times when it was a necessity to shave head as a tactic from getting pulled in the battlefield or survival in cold age, to now in 21st century, being hairless becoming the real beauty normal.
My first encounter with the impression to hair removal was in 6th standard. A weird age when puberty kicks in. The transition is no joke. Period makes a debut, body changes transpire & your attention towards grooming & looking-good suddenly becomes a priority.
Cherry on cake to my already low self-esteem a guy friend pulled me out saying, “You turning into a man yeahh!” Well, the idea of body hair never bothered me in the first place to start with but the unsubstantial comment definitely made me self-conscious. In fear of being labelled as hairy & gross, I indulged in all sorts of hair eradication, because shhhh no one can know I’m capable of growing body hair. You see, how the body hair stood out being abnormal & unnatural whereas it should have been the other way round.
With grace I’ve espoused with time, I still shave but only when I FEEL LIKE, irrespective of norms telling me otherwise. Body hair or no body hair, must be your choice. If we decide to unapologetically embrace ourselves, imagine how many industries would go out of business. Beauty practices are indulgent and optional; hygiene practices are necessary and required.🍃
In case, there are tons of rituals for grooming like epilator, laser, threading, plucking, electrolysis, depilatory creams. Waxing is undoubtedly the best as per durability, exfoliation & removal of dead skin cells & shaving is all cool but hair regrowth on 3rd day makes me feel like a walking cactus. Also, be conscious of region-specific hair removal performance as skin is different everywhere. For areas like the pubic get in touch with a professional, saving yourself from the embarrassment of penguin walk.
Suman, intern @lemmebe_official
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