Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part Two

Your Body: Hair

Writing this as a 22-year-old, I can tell you my body has changed so much over the past 10 years it’s hard to believe there’s more to go. Your body is changing all the time as you age and live and so it’s totally natural to find a dark hair that wasn’t there the day before or realise you have a lost/put on a little wight. I am going to talk about things that you may be insecure about or not even know because I think it’s important to be educated about your body and know that you are not the only person experiencing the things that are happening to you.

Everyone has hair… EVERYWHERE! Well, not on your lips or the palms of your hands/feet but no matter your gender or age your body is covered in hair and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. For women there’s this overwhelming pressure to be hairless from the nose down and I think it’s time we all finally realise it’s our choice and we should just do what we are comfortable with. If you want to have leg hair or forget to shave your armpits then that’s fine. Celebrities who don’t remove their hair get praised for being ‘brave’ or ‘confident’ but that shouldn’t be the case for just rocking your natural look. A woman averagely spends £6,500 on home hair removal products a year! Personally, I like to remove my hair but if I forget or just can’t be bothered then that shouldn’t be such a big deal. I have seen a rise in women removing hair from their whole body such as on their arms, abdomens and their whole face but you shouldn’t feel you have to.

Crazily, you have hair for a reason. The hair around your vagina stops friction, protects you from bacteria and pathogens and may even be there to keep you warm. It aids to protect you from cellulitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs – it doesn’t stop them, use protection), urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginitis and yeast infections. Woman start to develop armpit hair younger than men and it also has benefits to your body. It traps odour, reduces friction and is good for pheromones so can actually help you attract a partner.

We all see those ads or magazines that show a picture-perfect woman with a hairless body but real people don’t look like that. Its normal to have razor bumps or prickly legs. When I was younger, I felt really self-conscious about the amount of hair I had and how dark it was and so I spent hours torturing myself googling what was ‘normal’ and staring at pictures of other women’s hair and it unfortunately took until now to realise everyone is different when it comes to these things and everyone probably felt the same as me. So, if you want to be silky smooth or live life natural it’s honestly up to you, just know it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and it’s YOUR decision.

Thank you so much for reading! I am not an expert or a doctor and don’t claim to be but if you have any questions or insecurities you would like me to talk about in the future feel free to get in contact. This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Self-Care Tips’.

Jocy.

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