Can Threading Get Rid of Facial Hair?

Excessive facial hair becomes a problem if it is causing you to be self-conscious about your appearance. You will probably decide at some point that your unwanted facial hair needs to be removed to restore your confidence in your image.

Men and women share the same problem. But for women, having excessive facial hair, especially in places associated with masculine hair growth, may be caused by either hereditary or hormonal factors. Some of these places may be the upper and lower lip and sideburns.

There are several ways to remove unwanted facial hair, and one of the ways that have become popular over the past decade has been threading. It has become prevalent that more women are turning to threading.

Does threading work to get rid of facial hair?

Causes of excessive hair: hereditary or hormonal.

There are two causes why there is excessive hair growth on your face or other parts of your body, e.g., arms, chest, and back. It is either hereditary or hormonal.

Hereditary factors are traits you are born with, i.e., your excessive hair growth is normal for people from your family or relatives.

Hormonal factors, on the other hand, are triggered by drastic changes inside your body, e.g., ovaries or adrenal glands, resulting in hormonal imbalance. This may need the attention of a doctor.

In cases where excessive hair growth is caused by hormonal imbalance, your doctor will need to determine what is causing the imbalance.

In women approaching menopause, this often happens as a result of the lack of estrogen (a.k.a. the female hormone). Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries. During menopause and years before menopause, the ovaries produce less and less estrogen, and often in an irregular pattern. This results in a hormonal imbalance where androgen (male hormones) activity becomes stronger, often resulting in masculine hair growths and causing this excess and unwanted hair.

Important Warning:

If the hormonal imbalance is being caused by certain obstructions, then immediate action needs to be taken to deal with it. This may be growths or tumors in the ovaries or adrenal glands. Your excessive and unwanted facial hair is just a symptom of a more severe problem.

If your excessive facial hair is hereditary, either you live with it or get rid of it. Getting rid of it changes your outward appearance but will not change who you are by birth. It is a decision you make to look better and feel better about your appearance, or to satisfy your need for approval from friends and peers.

There are (at least) 6 popular methods to get rid of facial hair:

Shaving

Shaving is easy, practical, and very affordable. It involves a metal blade that cuts hair growth off of your skin. It can be done regularly with a great deal of success. The only risk associated with shaving is nicking or cutting your skin, which would expose you to infection.

Waxing

Waxing makes use of an adhesive (wax) applied on the patch of skin where the hair is to be removed. Before the adhesive dries up and completely hardens, it is pulled off from the surface with another medium (e.g., paper or cloth) pulling out the unwanted hair. Waxing is a semi-permanent method of hair removal.

Threading

Threading involves the use of the manipulation of cotton threads to pull out facial hair from the skin.

Plucking

Plucking often involves the use of tweezers. It is also practical and very inexpensive, you can do it at home, and all you need are a pair of finger-operated tweezers. Plucking is time-consuming since you need to uproot individual hair strands, one at a time. Also, it is painful. Then there is the problem of the hair strand breaking without getting uprooted, which could result in ingrowth.

Chemicals (depilatories)

Depilatories often come in cream. The cream is applied to the unwanted hair, and it dissolves the hair. But its action is limited only to the segment of hair growing above the skin, so hair regrowth appears 1 – 3 days afterward.

Laser (permanent)

Three methods are considered permanent, including laser, IPL, and electrolytes. These methods attack the root or follicle growth and disable it, limiting hair growth to a very minimal and unnoticeable level.

Threading, and how it is done.

Although threading has gained particular popularity over the past few decades, it is an ancient practice that originated in Turkey, India, and the Middle East. Women have been using this age-old method of removing unwanted hair for thousands of years before the practice was first known in the Western World in the 1980s.

Threading is a method of removing facial hair using a length of cotton thread (e.g., 2 – 3 ft) tied together at the ends to form a loop. The loop is held in tension by both hands and twisted several times. This creates a single twisted segment at the center of the loop. This then forms a sideways figure 8 (or infinity symbol. This twisted segment slides left to right as the loop is manipulated on each side by the thumb and forefingers of the threading technician. This is similar to the open-close action of the thumb and forefinger when using scissors.

Sometimes the threading technician uses her/his mouth to hold the other end of the loop.

When the technician opens her right thumb and forefinger, the twisted segment (cutter) slides left. When she opens her left thumb and forefinger, the twisted part (cutter) slides right. When the technician passes (rolls) the twisted segment over hair strands, the hair strands get caught and get intertwined with the thread yanking them off the skin. This twisted segment pulls strands of hair from its follicles in a quick action as it moves left to right or right to left. The threading technician guides the loop of thread carefully over your skin. In this way, he will remove line after line of hair until all the unwanted hair is removed or the desired shape is achieved.

Threading is one of the safest natural ways of getting rid of unwanted facial hair.

1) It does not use chemicals. Many of the store-bought and salon recommended wax treatments for hair removal contain chemicals that may harm sensitive skin and maybe bad for your health. Also, these chemicals might trigger allergic reactions with your skin. Threading is 100% all-natural, and the possibility of adverse or allergic reactions is quite remote.

2) It is ideal for sensitive skin. Your skin may not only react to the chemicals in the wax, but it may also react to the general pulling action involved in waxing. Waxing involves using sticky adhesive (wax) on the area of your skin where the hair is to be removed. If you have thin, sensitive skin, the removal of the adhesive wax on your skin may remove a layer of skin or irritate. This could expose your skin to infections. Although your skin is also touched during threading, it is only the hair that is being pulled and not any part of the skin.

3) It lasts long. Because of the complete removal of the hair follicles in threading, it takes longer for new growth to appear. Depending on your skin type or other factors, it usually takes 3 – 4 weeks before hair starts regrowing.

4) It naturally exfoliates. Aside from effectively removing facial hair from its follicles, threading naturally exfoliates the skin that surrounds the hair strands through the rolling action of the twisted segment of the thread. The topmost layer of your skin is also cleared of dead cells and cleaned.

Disadvantages of threading.

1) It takes skill. Threading is an age-old tradition that is learned through lots of training and experience. It isn’t straightforward to do threading on your own, in the privacy of your home. Unlike shaving and plucking, or even waxing. Although threading is a very efficient natural way of getting rid of unwanted facial hair, it isn’t that easy. It may look easy, but only because threading technicians are highly trained in the art. Don’t try threading, say, your eyebrows at home if you have no training. You might end up ruining them.

Also, because threading requires the skilled hands of a trained technician to be done right, you’d have to spend more. This counteracts the inexpensive nature of threading, as only requiring a length of thread to be able to accomplish. But if you think you have the patience and talent to learn to thread, you can go for it. But even then, it’s best to have a skilled technician or practitioner to guide you.

2) It may cause pain and redness. The experience of pain during threading depends on your tolerance for pain. You may experience slight or sharp nipping sensations as your facial hair is yanked from your skin, but that’s about all the pain you’ll experience. The level of intensity of the pain doesn’t increase. Some women say they experience more pain in threading than in waxing. Still, others say the opposite, i.e., that they experience less pain in threading than in waxing. So pain sensation sometimes depends on one’s threshold for pain and one’s experience in both waxing and threading.

Threading will cause redness in the surrounding area where hair was plucked out. This is a normal skin reaction. The redness (sometimes, also swelling) will subside in a matter of minutes or hours, depending on your skin’s response. Applying cold creams or ice packs helps ease the redness and swelling.

3) It can be used only in small areas. This is one general disadvantage of threading. But since we are only talking about getting rid of facial hair, which is only a small area, this doesn’t apply so much. Threading is not such an efficient method if you want to get rid of unwanted hair on your legs or all over your body. It removes hair line-by-line, unlike waxing, which can remove unwanted hair by large areas at a time.

4) It is slow. Threading is not recommended if you are in a hurry. Unless you are an expert, threading should be done carefully and with precision, which is hard to do if you are on the go, running late or under pressure. Threading is not time-efficient. Your threading technician needs to be sure that every line of hair growth has been passed, and no line has been overlooked. This will also ensure that your hair regrowth will come out evenly.

5) It is not permanent. Threading is only a semi-permanent hair removal method. It uproots your hair strands right down to the hair follicles, but it doesn’t kill the hair roots. This is the reason your unwanted facial hairs will still grow back. Though they may grow finer (according to some hair experts), they will still grow back. So, can threading get rid of facial hair? Yes, but not permanently. The only way to get rid of unwanted hair forever is to undergo the more expensive hair removal methods, like a laser, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), or electrolysis. These are labeled ‘permanent’ in comparison to threading, because of the very minimal occurrence of hair regrowth in areas where they are applied.

6) It causes ingrowth. Ingrowrth or ingrown hair often results in hair that is not completely pulled out. This will appear as a red pimple-like bump on the skin, where the hair grows sideways or curls inside. If done right, however, threading will not cause ingrowths. But, there is a certain length of hair that is necessary for hair not to break and be plucked out completely by threading, i.e., there is a certain waiting period before which it is not advisable to thread; otherwise, you run the risk of incomplete pulling which may result in ingrowth.

Can threading get rid of facial hair?

In conclusion, there is no absolute permanent way to get rid of facial hair completely. Threading can get rid of facial hair, but not permanently. It can get rid of facial hair for a while long enough for you not to worry about its regrowth too much. This is a good enough bargain for a lot of us. This is the reason why threading has gained popularity as a method of getting rid of unwanted facial hair: It is all-natural, it is efficient, it lasts, and it is safe.

SUMMARY:

1) Unwanted facial hair is a problem that both men and women face because it makes them self-conscious of their appearance.

2) Threading, as a method of hair removal, has grown in popularity in the past decade or so in the West.

3) There are two major causes behind excessive and unwanted hair growth — hereditary and hormonal.

4) There are at least six methods to get rid of facial hair: shaving, waxing, threading, plucking, depilatory cream, and laser (permanent).

5) Threading is an ancient method of hair removal using cotton thread that is looped and twisted and passed over facial hair to remove them.

6) Threading is not only 100% natural, but it is also one of the safest methods to get rid of facial hair.

7) There are disadvantages associated with threading, being an age-old method of hair removal, but these disadvantages can be easily overcome.

8) Threading can get rid of facial hair, but not permanently.

9) Threading should be done when the facial hair reaches a particular length for the pulling to be complete and avoid ingrowth.

10) There is no permanent way to get rid of facial hair completely, but only to minimize its apparent visible growth.

How To Tell Someone They Need To Get Rid Of Body Hair

All human beings have body hair. However, the amount of body hair usually starts to increase at the onset of puberty. This is when the body undergoes major physical changes that involve growing of hair in certain parts of the body.

A mature adult normally has armpit hair, pubic hair, leg, and arm hair among others. Conventionally, most people nowadays remove their body hair. This is considered a modern trend that most females live by.

But there are some people who still have body hair.

So, how do you tell someone they need to get rid of body hair?

Below you will find the mystery solved:

How to Tell Someone They Need To Get Rid Of Body Hair

Telling someone to shave or remove their body hair isn’t easy. This is because the outcome of this conversation depends on the kind of relationship you have. You need to know this individual on a personal level. To convince a person that they need to shave, you need to use logic. So, you need to furnish them with information regarding the benefits of removing body hair. Some of these benefits include:

Tell Them They’ll Actually Look Better

It’s clear that most people shave because they want to look better. The removal of body hair also helps to make the cleaning process easier. As a result, dirt and dead cells will easily get eliminated from the skin. It also means that their skin will easily get nourished by body lotions. So, you can start by telling them how much better they will look. It should be noted that if they think that your opinion is valid, they may actually get rid of the body hair.

It Makes Tanning Easier

A shaved body makes tanning much easier. If you want to look cute and well-bronzed, it’s usually advisable to shave body hair. Advise the person on how lack of body hair means that a good tan will be easier. It should be noted that a body that’s covered with hair is significantly difficult to tan compared to exposed skin.

Eliminates body odor

It should be noted that hair in certain parts of the body contains secretion glands. Additionally, hair on private parts and the underarms help to create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Besides that, the vagina also produces secretions. The combining effect of all these can lead to a nauseating body odor.

If you tend to perspire a lot, then the sweat and the hair can result in an unpleasant body smell. So overall, shaving helps to minimize the chances of bacterial growth and reduces body odor.

Produces a Smooth and Nice Feeling

Note that removing body hair, especially by waxing, provides a smooth feeling. However, a person shouldn’t do it for another individual. You need to tell them that the personal satisfaction they will experience will be great. Make them understand that personal after-effects should be the main driving point of them getting rid of the body hair.

It makes it Easier to Wear Certain Outfits

Wearing swimsuits, short dresses, or sleeveless tops becomes a hard task if you have body hair. Naturally, women are conscious of their bodies. But having body hair on legs and armpits can easily draw unwanted attention. But by getting rid of body hair, females can move around feeling confident. Additionally, this helps to improve sensual appearances.

Improving Facial Profile

Is your friend having a bushy brow line that is making them look clumsy? Well, you can advise them to get tailored services for that. Tell them how a well-shaped brow zone can help to improve their facial profile. This means that they will end up with a better facial appeal.

Note: eyebrow hair removal is a global trend. This is something that has been happening in the beauty industry for decades. Females from all walks of life normally trim their eyebrows to give them a personalized and gorgeous look.

It Helps to Enhance Feminine Beauty

Females, just like males, can grow body hair in areas such as the chest, on breast, neck, legs, hands, and face. While body hair normally grows in these regions in small amounts in women, sometimes it may grow in excess. If someone has excess body hair in these parts, you can convince them that the removal process can enhance their feminine beauty.

For Modesty Purposes

Most people assume that when a female has exposed body hair they are immodest. Research indicates that many people think body hair in women is only limited to the pubic area. So, any slight display can highlight something different including sensuality.

Body Hair Removal as a Form of Therapy

Some females don’t shave because of emotional turmoil. Stress and certain medical disorders can make a person disregard themselves. You can recommend the removal of body hair as a form of therapy. Clean and smooth-textured skin helps to boost confidence. Generally, it can help to enhance the level of personal comfort and bring them at ease with their feelings.

Clean Hands and Legs are Attractive

Men love women with clean and well-shaved body hair. Normally, they consider them attractive. So, you can tell a person that removing body hair can also get them special attention from men.

Improving the Skin’s Complexion

A lot of people don’t know that shaving can actually help to improve the skin’s complexion. There is a passive truth regarding this. Once you get rid of body hair, there are high chances that your skin will end up looking better. So, you can convince someone that their skin’s fairness will actually improve and they will end up enjoying a bright and glowing natural complexion.

Reasons Why Some People Don’t Get Rid Of Body Hair

The process of removing body hair is considered conventionally sophisticated. That’s why modern women normally engage in various forms of hair removal techniques. But, before you approach someone, understand that there are so many reasons why they may not prioritize body hair removal. Some of the reasons why some females don’t shave body hair include:

It’s a Tasking Activity

To most females, shaving is a chore. You need to create time and personal space in order to this. Additionally, there is no point in doing it because the hair normally grows back within a couple of weeks.

It’s Painful

Some people fear the discomfort that comes with the removal of body hair. Shaving, for instance, can result in cuts. Other techniques can result in skin redness, inflammation, and irritation. It should be noted that some of these techniques may require the use of a numbing cream or painkiller, e.g. threading. This is because they are extremely painful to handle.

The Process is Time-Consuming

Research studies show that on average, females normally use 72 days to shave in their lifetime. Most females don’t consider the removal of body hair because the process itself is time-consuming. The fast-pace of modern life which is characterized by tight work schedules makes it impossible for people to create time for themselves. This means that some people may opt not to shave because there is so much that can be done with those few hours.

It’s Expensive

If you are shaving, you need to buy a pack of disposable razors. This is because you will be shaving frequently. Waxing and shaving creams are not cheap either. You might need to use them alongside other essential oils. Additionally, you need to have a moisturizer for your skin after you have removed the body hair. This is because body hair normally traps moisture which hydrates the skin. So, once you have removed it, you need to get a good moisturizer to promote hydration. Lastly, some techniques such as laser treatment require expensive equipment and well-trained personnel.

Body Hair is Natural

It should be noted that body hair is natural. Human beings are mammals hence they need body hair. For instance, it’s crucial in regulating the body’s temperature. When the body temperature is hot, the hair usually stands to facilitate faster dissipation of heat. The converse of this process is also true. When temperatures are very low, the hair lies in order to trap air. This air is a good insulator hence it helps to prevent heat from leaving the body. Other benefits of natural body hair include:

Reducing the chances of skin infections

Having body hair makes you less vulnerable to skin infections. For some reason, people with skin sensitivity issues or allergies often avoid removing their body hair. The irritation, cuts, and redness that may arise from the removal process may flare up certain skin infections.

Protective Shield

Genital regions need to have pubic hair because it acts as a protective shield. Pubic hair is crucial in preventing access to bacteria and other forms of dirt such as dust.

Increased Production of Pheromones

A nice fragrance can be a huge turn on. But did you know that some people keep their body hair so as to increase the production of pheromones? It should be noted that the natural smell of some people can help them attract potential mates. For instance, pubic hair normally enhances the production of pheromones thanks to their location.

Lower Chances of Skin Irritation

You notice that areas with high amounts of body hair normally have soft skin. This is because the skin in those parts is sensitive. So having body hair helps to reduce the chances of friction and irritation. Additionally, these regions normally have coarser hair. This makes their removal even difficult because you risk experiencing cuts and ingrown hairs.

Reducing Sweat

Both armpit and pubic hair can help to significantly reduce sweat. We all want to smell nice throughout the day. But moving from one place to another as well as the external temperature can lead to a high production of sweat. Body hair sometimes provides an effective and natural way of staying dry.

Sexual Sensation

There are females who are serious about getting their orgasms. One of the best sexual feelings is getting your body hair stroked. Pubic hair, for instance, contains nerve endings. This means that slighting stroking it can heighten sexual tension and lead to better orgasms.

Breaking Societal Norms

There are some females who are not concerned with societal norms. Removal of body hair is a trend that the modern woman needs to adopt. There is an expected idea that a woman needs to have a smooth hair-free body. This is the only agreed form of beauty which everyone should follow. Well, there are some people who are ready to change this conversation. They simply want to exist as they are, without following or using societal norms. Generally, these are females who no longer care what society thinks of them. So, they don’t shave because they don’t want to.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways on how to tell someone they need to get rid of body hair. However, it is usually not an easy process. This is because a person’s body belongs to them. So whatever they choose to do with it shouldn’t be your concern. In some instances, it may be seen as a rude way of intruding into a person’s personal space.

So, before you tell a person to shave their body hair, you need to consider your relationship. Are you lovers, tight friends, or close relatives? If so, do you frequently share personal or intimate information? And if so, how can you tell them they need to get rid of their body hair?

The most important thing to do is to first ask them why they don’t remove their body hair. It could be for medical reasons, negligence as a result of emotional turmoil, or lack of knowledge. From there, you can proceed to tell them the benefits of getting rid of body hair. Thereafter, you can recommend some of the most effective techniques to use. Make sure that you are polite and apologize beforehand for any offense. Its, therefore, up to them to use your advice or not.

Female Body Hair Removal

Introduction

All healthy human beings have body hair. Whether it’s an infant or an older person, these hairs are spread throughout the body. What causes a difference in their concentration and causes excessive body hair is age and gender. Both girls and boys normally begin to experience a higher level of concentration at the onset of puberty. However, the amount of body hair may decline with age. But is it possible to hide body hair? Is body hair removal an option, and if so, what are some hair removal methods?

Although we will not discuss hair removal methods at length, below is an overview of different types of body hair removal techniques you can use to hide them completely.

Types of Body Hair

They are two (sometimes 3) types of women’s body hair, and they include:

1. Terminal Body Hair

armpit hair
Terminal hair is found in the armpit or in other regions that start growing hair around puberty.

This is a thick and long hair that’s pigmented. Although hair is found on the face and scalp, you can still find terminal hair in the armpits and the pubic region. This type of body hair is sometimes referred to as puberty hair. This is because a change usually influences its growth in hormones that occur at puberty.

Puberty usually ranges between ages 8-15 years. During puberty, the growth of this type of hair is mainly on the pubic region and the armpits. For boys and young men, their facial hair will grow during the later stages of puberty.

2. Vellus Body Hair

Vellus Hair
Vellus Hair is a wispy kind of hair that we start having from birth and develops as we get older.

This type of hair starts to grow during early childhood. Vellus is a wispy type of hair that normally covers all parts of the body. Its main role is to keep the body warm. But besides that, it helps to protect the skin. The thickness and length of vellus hair will differ from one person to the next.

Some people have visible vellus hair, and you can even see it under natural light. This is particularly the case with facial hair. On others, it won’t be visible because it’s thin and the hair is less pigmented.

It’s possible to confuse vellus and terminal hair. This is because both of them have the same structure. It should be noted that both terminal and vellus hair grow from hair follicles. However, the latter doesn’t contain the medulla – the hair core’s portion which helps to strengthen and enhance its growth.

3. Lanugo Hair

Lanugo Body Hair
Lanugo hair covers a fetus and is fairly unusual in grown adults, although it can be connected to anorexia.

What Is Lanugo

Lanugo is the first type of hair that grows from hair follicles and is usually unpigmented. It is very thin, soft, downy hair. It has some deep resemblance to fur. But this temporary hair is normally replaced by vellus hair before the baby is born.
This type of hair is common in human babies, people who suffer from congenital tumors (aka teratomas), and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Lanugo Baby

This is a unique or special type of hair that normally covers the fetus and newborns.
During the development of a human fetus in the womb, lanugo grows as a natural part of gestation. Its purpose is to hold the vernix to the skin and protect damage to the skin from the amniotic fluid.
Lanugo usually sheds before birth but often remains after birth and falls off later.

Lanugo Anorexia

You can also find lanugo hair in anorexic women.
A tell-tale sign of malnutrition such as anorexia or bulimia is lanugo because lanugo’s function is to protect the skin and body.
This is the same reason why lanugo re-surges in older adults. To protect their skin.

The Distribution of Body Hair

Different parts of the body have different types of body hair. Below is a comprehensive outline that highlights the distribution of body hair. There are many different ways to remove body hair. However, we have tried to concentrate on the best ways to remove body hair from different parts of the body.

Pubic hair:

Images of female body hair including pubic hair. Keeping it kid-friendly for our younger audience.
Images of female body hair, including pubic hair. Keeping it kid-friendly for our younger audience.

This is usually coarse hair that’s found in the genital areas. The growth of pubic hair is a sign of sexual maturity, and it occurs in both sexes.

Armpits hair:

It is just like pubic hair because it’s coarse. Armpit hair also signals the start of adulthood. With the release of the safety razor, people now shave their armpits frequently.

Arms hair:

It normally grows on the elbow and forearm area. The type of hair that’s found here is terminal.

Chest and abdomen area:

Both men and women normally grow vellus hair in these regions. It should be noted that women can also grow terminal hair on their breasts around the areola. Men normally have lots of vellus hair around the chest and abdomen compared to women. Note that the concentration of this hair may increase with age.

Facial hair:

It’s more prominent in men, although women also have it. Facial hair may start as non-vellus. Men naturally can grow beards. However, some women may also grow them as a result of menopause. Many women take the option of body hair removal to solve this problem.

Feet and Leg Hair:

They normally start growing at the onset of puberty. However, they are more prominent in men compared to women. It should be noted that most people shave their leg hair because of societal pressure. In today’s world, women with hairy legs are usually frowned at.

Body Hair Growth Pattern

It’s important to know how to hide body hair. However, it’s also crucial to know the growth patterns. This will make the process of hiding them easier. The two main types of body hair that humans have are terminal and vellus hairs. They have the same growth patterns, which normally happen in three phases.

1. Anagen:

During this period, hair growth is at its peak. It’s generally a period of active growth, and the hairs normally grow longer. However, terminal hair usually has a longer anagen period compared to vellus hair.

2. Catagen:

This is a transition phase. Catagen is characterized by the hair follicles retracting. The process means that there will be a limited blood supply, and therefore, it’s very easy for hair to fall out.

3. Telogen:

This is a period where the body’s hair stops growing. It’s a resting phase.

How to Hide Body Hair And Body Hair Removal

Hiding Body Hair

It’s possible to forget shaving your legs or any other body part. However, sometimes we intentionally avoid shaving because of demanding schedules or medical issues. So, what if you have not shaved and need to attend a public event? As much as some people may find body hair a turnoff, this doesn’t mean that you should shave. So, how can you effectively hide or completely remove body hair?

1. Makeup Application

The use of makeup foundation can help to hide body hair. Darker foundation can come in handy, especially if you are trying to hide facial hair. It helps to cover thick and darker hair effectively. On the other hand, a lighter foundation means that the body hair will easily stick out, thereby creating a mess.

2. Stockings

If you wish to safely and effectively hide your leg hair, then use stockings or pantyhose. These are light clothing which you can wear with nearly all types of clothes. They are also easily available to find in petrol stores, supermarkets, and other local convenience stores.

3. Fully Cover-Up or Wear Darker Clothes

You can wear shirts with long sleeves and trousers to cover up. Additionally, darker clothing can be efficient in hiding unwanted body hair. Besides that, they help to shade the color of the body hair perfectly. This is because they generally make your skin appear darker.

The Politics of Feminine Body Hair

What They Say...
What They Say…

There is so much pressure for females to look in a certain delicate way. That’s why so many women go through rigorous regimes to look their best. For starters, let’s take a look at the pubes. Unless you are in a bikini, there’s no way someone can get a glimpse of what’s there. But people normally shave their pubes completely. Others even do waxing.

Having clean genitals is definitely very important. But have you ever wondered what some of the benefits of pubes are? Well, having body hair in your private region is for protective purposes. Pubic hair helps to protect the sensitive vagina. This helps to reduce the chances of bacterial infection.

Normal Vs. Abnormal Hair Growth in Women

Naturally, women have vellus and terminal hairs. So, it’s not easy to determine excessive hair growth. It’s a normal thing for a feminine person to have fine hair all over the body. It’s also usual for them to have armpit and pubic hair. Some of them even have hairy legs and faces.

However, some may have abnormal hair in excess. This is usually characterized by thicker and darker hair in regions such as the chest, chin, and stomach. Abnormal hair growth in women involves thick hair growing in many parts of the body. In fact, they may have a pattern of male hair growth.

Interesting Facts about Body Hair

Covering body hair can come in handy, especially if you don’t want to shave. To help you understand more about it, here are some interesting facts:

Body Hair Lasts for a Short Period

Compared to the hair on your head, body hair lasts for a shorter period. Its lifespan is usually around 6 months. Additionally, they only grow a few inches long.

You Shed Them Daily

A normal human being normally sheds between 100 and 150 strands of body hair daily. However, the same hair strands will grow within a day or so. The recycling process happens daily. This body hair removal is natural.

Boob Hair Is Not Something Strange

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If you are a woman, do not be alarmed because you have hair on your breasts. This is a common thing that almost every woman experiences. Girls in puberty normally grow hair in the region that’s near the areola.

Body Hair Consists of Muscles

It’s interesting to know that body hair also contains muscle cells. In fact, this is what makes them stand on their end.

Technically, there are three types of body hair. Although terminal and vellus hairs are the most common, lanugo is also considered body hair.

The Color of Your Body Hair Can Indicate Genetic Disorders

It is said that women with blonde hair have a higher concentration of estrogen. Additionally, it said that they also higher chances of experiencing learning problems. On the other hand, brunettes are more likely to smoking addicts.

Pubic Hair has a Weird Smell.

Pubic hair is a terminal hair that contains the sebaceous gland. Note that these glands normally produce sweat. Additionally, they produce secretions that protect the private parts from germs, but the secretions also create body odor.

Your Eyelashes Might Have Mites

Demodex are types of mites that are found in eyelashes. A large percentage of people have them, but they are harmless.

Over 50 Percent of People Shave Their Armpits and Pubic Hair Or Use Another Type Of Body Hair Removal

Studies show that most women normally shave their pubes. Additionally, over 50 percent of guys prefer women with no pubes. However, it should be noted that less than 20 percent of guys actually shave their pubic area.

Benefits of Body Hair

Some people don’t want to shave their body hairs. This is why they are clearly interested in finding techniques on how to hide them. Well, if you are going to keep your body hair, here are some of the benefits you can experience.

Regulating of Body Temperature

Regulating Body Temperature Is Very Important

Body hair helps to regulate temperature. When the temperature is low, they will stand up and trap air. This helps to create an insulation surface. As a result, the trapped air prevents warmth from leaving the body. When it’s hot, the converse happens. The hair lies down to ensure that the body releases as much heat as possible.

Improving Your Chances of Getting Orgasms

Having pubic hair can help to improve your chances of getting orgasms significantly. Did you know that each hair follicle has tiny nerve endings at the base? So, slight friction can help increase sexual sensation. This means that shaving actually reduces your chances of experiencing orgasms.

Increased Production of Pheromones

Research studies show that body hair helps to enhance the production of pheromones. These hormone-like chemicals can help to attract the attention of potential sexual partners.

Lower Chances of Skin Infection

Shaving, waxing, threading, and other forms of hair removal increase your chances of getting skin infections. This is because they normally leave the skin exposed and susceptible to bacteria. Additionally, the whole process can cause cuts and skin irritation.

Reduced Chances of Unwanted Rashes

If you engage in intense physical activities, then the chances are that you sweat a lot. But having armpit hair helps to reduce unwanted rashes as well as the chaffing that comes with sweating.

The Bottom Line

Societal pressure means that a lot of people normally shave their body hairs. In fact, several methods can be used for body hair removal. Some have a short-term effect, while others are long-lasting.

Demanding schedules and personal preferences are actually some of the reasons that make people not shave. However, having body hair isn’t bad. In fact, it has a lot of benefits. All you have to do is to ensure that your body is clean. Besides that, you can wear certain clothing or makeup foundation to hide them.

Is Body Hair Too Manly For Women?

Having body hair is completely natural – for both men and women. It’s a part of being human. Just like having eyebrows or eyelashes. But at some point during the course of history, in some cultures, people have decided that having body hair is somehow inappropriate, especially for women.

In Ancient Greece, for example, having pubic hair was considered ‘uncivilized’. During the Roman Empire, not having body hair was considered a sign of class. In the Middle Ages, Queen Elizabeth I decided to remove her eyebrows and to pull back her hairline, thus setting a new beauty trend. As men have always been generally hairier than women, simply because they produce more testosterone, having body hair and facial hair became associated with masculinity.

To avoid being called ‘uncivilized’, ‘inappropriate’ or ‘manly’, women started using beeswax, different kinds of tweezers, flint or copper razors, creams, and other hair removal methods.

However, as women’s clothes were much less revealing before the 20th century, removing body hair wasn’t socially required. In order to be socially acceptable, they only removed unwanted hair from the face and neck, which were the only body parts not covered by clothes. After World War I, fashion trends started changing. Sleeve and skirt lengths shortened and the more body parts became exposed, the more areas became targeted for hair removal. Women started removing leg hair, armpit hair, pubic hair, sometimes even arm hair. Not only was it considered more beautiful and feminine, but also more hygienic.

In the 20th century, women also started to gain more rights and freedom. They gained more equality and social visibility. In the 1960s and 70s, some women decided to reclaim control over their bodies by not shaving. Displaying body hair became a method of protest, a political and social statement, a popular feminist issue. While some women didn’t mind abiding by social rules, others got fed up of society dictating how to behave and what to do with their own bodies.

Body hair removal today

Nowadays, we all know that removing body hair is merely a trend, a cultural construct, a social practice, rather than something rooted in biology. We understand that removing body hair is a matter of personal preference and that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with not shaving.

We also know, that biologically speaking, it is healthier to have body hair, as hair maintain skin health, provide sun protection, help regulate body temperature, and protect different body parts from infections. But the stigma remains. Female hairiness is still far from mainstream.

According to a survey, it is still described in negative terms, such as ‘unhygienic’ and ‘masculine’, while hairlessness is considered ‘clean’ and ‘feminine’. Women, who don’t shave are often ridiculed and body-shamed by partners, relatives, friends, and even strangers. This indicates that body hair removal is not a matter of personal choice, but rather a social norm.

Beautiful women, who flaunt their body hair and don’t care

In recent years, celebrities and other prominent female figures have tried to break the stigma. They have displayed and normalized their body hair publicly – on red carpet events and on social media. They have promoted the many benefits of not shaving to millions of followers and fans, including the health benefits and the fact that one of body hair’s functions is to release pheromones and to attract a potential partner. Famous women, who are considered beautiful and feminine are starting to challenge convention and beauty standards.

Throughout history, women have endured humiliation, pain, and financial hardship just to conform to the widespread and firmly rooted social norm and strong, modern women are sick of it. Even though they still receive some degree of disapproval or even hate over flaunting their body hair, more and more women are deciding to ditch the razors and to save money, time, and pain.

The 21-year-old American actress and singer Bella Thorne often points out how sad it is that women are all too often ashamed of their body hair and that having body hair is natural and beautiful. She is a strong advocate for body hair – she even wrote an essay in defense of her hairy body parts. She stated that she is comfortable with her body hair and that all women should be.

Miley Cyrus flaunts her unshaven armpits on public events, concerts, and on social media. She has even dyed her armpit hair on several occasions and she has proven that having body hair can be fun, cool, and sexy. Madonna is considered a pioneer of body acceptance and as such, she loves to show off her body hair.

Rihanna posted a photo of herself and her unshaven legs on Instagram and Dakota Johnson has recently displayed her hairy pits on the premiere for her 2018 film ‘Suspiria,’ showing us that class and body hair aren’t mutually exclusive. The former Bachelor contestant, Bekah Martinez, has posted a photo of herself showing her unshaven legs and armpits on Instagram. She admitted that she had been insecure about her body hair since she was a young girl, but that she has decided to overcome her insecurities. She stressed the importance of believing that we are beautiful and feminine regardless of where we have hair.

It is neither manly nor feminine to have body hair. It is simply natural and normal for all human beings. So why would we judge and criticize women for having body hair? Do we judge them for having eyelashes?

The practice of removing body hair is merely a trend, a cultural construct. As women are an equal part of the society that sets trends and decides on what is considered appropriate, acceptable, and beautiful, we can simply shift the old trend and break the taboo. After all, whether a woman shaves or not isn’t anyone’s business. It is our personal choice and the only opinion that really matters is our own.

So, girl, if you want to shave your legs or armpits or any other part of your body, then do it. If you feel better when you don’t shave, then don’t! You are beautiful either way!