“The girls who get it, get it. And the girls who don’t, don’t.”
This viral TikTok sound describes our feelings perfectly towards all the women out there who let their body hair do what it does best, which is to exist. But to the girls who don’t “get it,” who can blame them when society’s image of a beautiful woman is someone who’s as hairless as a newborn baby?
It’s challenging to learn how to embrace the normality of your body hair when everyone seems to have an opinion about it. But let’s face it, folks: shaving is time-consuming, it irritates the skin, and it’s bad for the environment, too.
So if you’d rather not do it for any reason, then that’s your right! Whether you’re new on your journey to embracing your body hair or you’ve been on this road for a while, here are some powerful statements to remind yourself that when it comes to body hair, it’s your body, your choice!
Body hair removal for women hasn’t always been the norm.
When I first stopped shaving my armpits, I would always use this statement to ward off my mother’s negative comments about my hair because it’s true!
We have the media and sexist advertising to blame for the rise of body hair removal in the 1900s. Before then, people saw body hair for what it was—a natural part of the body that serves a purpose.
Learning to accept your body hair is a journey, not a race.
Overcoming misconceptions about body hair won’t just happen overnight, and that’s fine. Our founder Lucy has been on a journey to accepting her own body hair, and guess what? Some days she probably feels confident about her body hair, and some days maybe she doesn’t.
This is normal. Continue to be kind to yourself and accept that your journey to embracing your body hair doesn’t have to be linear!
Body hair isn’t shameful. It’s beneficial.
It’ll be challenging to let go of years of internalized shame surrounding body hair, but try combating society’s made-up problems with hair with some facts.
For example, did you know that body hair helps you release more pheromones that help you attract a mate? Very primal, I know. But body hair also helps reduce friction, keeps you warm, and prevents pathogens from entering the body!
Body hair is just hair—that’s it.
Embracing your body hair doesn’t mean you have to think it’s beautiful or feel nothing but positivity towards it.
Embracing your body hair can just mean accepting your hair for what it is, nothing more, nothing less. So whether you want to take an especially positive approach towards it is up to you!
A final word
You have always had the power to decide what to do with your body hair. So, now it’s just time for you to use that power for good.
The next time someone has something to say about your body hair, just ask them, “Are you going to pick up the razor and do it for me?” and thank us later. 😉
Written by Reese Williams.
Reese is a full-time freelance copywriter and a part-time plant mom, cook, and thrift shop regular. When she’s not caring for her plant babies or cooking up a new dish she found on TikTok, you’ll usually find her online at fiverr.