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Body hair: We all have it, but we never talk about it!

Body hair through the ages has seen some pretty eccentric styles and trends. The Romans were firm supporters of cleanly shaved nether-regions for both men and women, whereas the Middle Ages were all about bush. Weirdly enough, in the olden times where sanitation was scarce, the creepy critters we now call ‘crabs’, were not uncommon so many people shaved their privates but used wigs, or ‘merkins’ for fashion!

Fast forward to the 20th century and the swinging sixties fully embraced body hair of all varieties as part of the free love mentality which embraced the au-natural look. 20 years later ‘The Brazilian’ revolutionised pubic fashion for women who, due to teeny tiny bikinis, opted for an ‘all off’ approach.

So where are we at now with the body hair revolution? 

It’s something that literally everyone has had to deal with since the beginning of time, yet we’re still as clueless now, as we were 10,000 years ago! So let’s break it down…

All Body hair serves a purpose.

The fine hairs that cover our entire bodies (apart from our palms and the soles of our feet) are there to keep us warm. They may not seem like they are doing much, but that prickly feeling when it’s chilly outside? That’s the tiny muscles around the hair follicles contracting, which in turn makes our hair stand on end to trap warmth.

In terms of the dreaded pubic hair – it’s there to protect our bits from bacteria causing infection, bumps and scrapes, friction and other pathogens. Some people like it, some people don’t. It really is as simple as that – preference.

Eyelashes, eyebrows, nostril hair and ear hair – all serve as a barrier to protect some of our vital sensory organs from foreign objects such as sand, dust, sweat and bugs… ew.

Embrace or Erase?

Women are often under pressure from society to remove all body hair: armpits, legs, pubic regions and everywhere in between. Recently there are more and more women going against the grain of expectations and embracing their hairy armpits. In many places all over the world, to be hairy is to be beautiful.

Men, on the other hand, are often under pressure to keep their body hair. Masculinity dictates that men should be hairy. To have a beard or a hairy chest is often considered manly. The fact of the matter is, many men don’t like having body hair. In truth, with the high levels of personal hygiene that the modern world has bestowed upon us, we don’t depend on these methods of protection from the elements anymore, because we have houses, and showers…

“Some people like it, some people don’t. It really is as simple as that – preference.”

Some Athletes choose to remove body hair for performance enhancement reasons. Many olympic swimmers will be clean shaven all over so they glide through the water with ease, same with some cyclists and runners.

If you want to remove your chest hair, shave your legs, epilate your armpits (wouldn’t recommend – v. painful 😱) or pluck your eyebrows – do it. Similarly, if you’d rather opt for the more natural look and let your luscious locks grow, do that too! Shout out to my main gal Frida Khalo, for representing the bushy eyebrow squad and embracing her body hair in the most courageous way!

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Hair Loss

Not only is hair growth an uncomfortable issue for most, so is hair loss. Losing your hair can make you feel embarrassed, sad, vulnerable and out of place and there can be loads of different reasons behind the cause of it. Some people will never experience hair loss, but a large number of men and women experience it due to something called ‘male or female-pattern baldness’, this will affect 50% of men by the time they reach middle age, and contrary to popular belief, women are not immune!

It’s surprising to think that something which affects such a large proportion of the population is still considered to be an embarrassing issue! Where there are many treatments and remedies for hair loss, these are not always necessary. Always remember that you are more than your hair!

Whether you’re a fan of a hairy pit, or you like a clean shaven chin, have long curly hair or a shiny bald head; embrace your fuzz or erase your whiskers according to your own preference – nobody’s else’s!😝

Something as trivial as the the hair that grows on our bodies carries with it so many varying levels of significance … but does it really matter? If we’re happy, healthy and hairy or bald – what’s the big fuss?!

If you are experiencing unexplained hair loss, it’s best to speak to a professional as it can sometimes be your body telling you that something’s not quite right… be sure to see a doctor or medical professional if you’re worried, or speak to one of our digital mentors on our community for more info!

10 myths about femininity debunked

1. Women are born ‘gentle’.
Gender doesn’t determine your personality; a woman isn’t born gentle and a man isn’t born strong. Behaviours are learnt and these identities have been constructed for us…but times are changin’ – as a society we seem to be addressing and challenging these traditional notions and labels, instead opting for a neutral, more fluid approach to gender.

2. Girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice.
Last time I checked, I was made of skin, muscle, bone and array of chemical elements. Oh, and of course pizza. Don’t forget pizza.

3. Femininity = hair and makeup.
As Diane Baker once said: “It’s not any direct way of dressing or putting on makeup. It’s your attitude.” It’s time the terms femininity and masculinity became synonymous with individuality – if you feel feminine, then you are feminine!

4. Women should be hairless.
Women grow hair, just like men – it’s totally normal and natural! Yet thanks to mainstream media we have been shamed into thinking body hair is repulsive and something to be immediately removed, when in actual fact, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Whether you are as hairless as a Sphinx cat, or as furry as rabbit – if you like it, rock it!

5. All women prefer not to have numerous sexual partners.
Not true. Some women prefer to be in relationships whilst some enjoy casual sex. FYI: The latter should be able to do so without being slut shamed for their choices.

6. All women are emotional.
Emotional, crazy, hysterical, hormonal etc etc are adjectives commonly hurled at women as reasons why they won’t make good leaders, or to discredit the legitimacy of a woman’s point in an argument. These descriptors are used against women to silence them and keep them within roles that have been carved out by the patriarchy.

7. Women don’t make good leaders.
Queen Elizabeth 1st. Argument = lost.

8. All women are good homemakers.
It’s 2017, not 1950. While some women are great homemakers, other women are great doctors, mechanics, CEOs etc.

9. Women are worse at driving/ parking than men.
Only when we have our eyes closed. JOKING. One study revealed that men are more than three times as likely to be ticketed for “aggressive driving” than women, and more than 25 percent as likely to be at fault in an accident.

10. Women talk more than men.
That depends on how much coffee we have consumed.