Forget waxing and vajazzling, pubic hair is back in vogue and its sparking some serious monologues
For decades, women have taken to varying measures of pain to ‘beautify’ their nether regions in efforts to please sexual partners and keep things nice and tidy under the advent of the G-string and barely there bikinis but increasingly of late, there’s been a resurgence to bring back the au natural movement.
Naturally, this surge of body confidence would come from the over 40 set of beauties such as Gwyneth Paltrow who admitted she works “a 70s vibe” down there, and best pal Cameron Diaz who wrote extensively on the issue in her book aptly titled, The Body Book in which she dedicates an entire chapter In Praise of Pubes and tells women why we should avoid permanent laser procedures and keep ourselves “fully dressed” down there.
That aside, here are 6 reasons why you should put that razor down:
Say Goodbye to Pain
Isn’t this the most obvious reason? No matter what your preferred method of torture may be – whether using hair removal creams that burn and can seriously damage more sensitive areas to getting your pubes violently waxed off on a regular basis, the pain is not just physical but mental as well. And if you’re doing this solely to please your male partner, you could be part of the..
It’s one thing to want to do it for yourself but if you’re doing it just because your partner makes you feel less attractive or a lesser lover than his previous partners for not pruning your bush, then you have a bigger problem. If you have to go through pain to make someone else happy and dread going through it each time, it’s not worth it. The good news is that contrary to popular believe, a lot of men find a well-trimmed pubic area a turn-on as it traps more pheromones and gives you more “girl smell” than if you’re hairless!
It’s Science, baby!
Everything on your body serves a function, there’s nothing that’s there just for fun or to make your life hell on purpose. Historically, pubic hair kept your privates warm when people were doing the deed in caves or in cold terrains without central heating. While we may have duvets these days, pubic hair also solves the issue of friction between two bodies that are rubbing against each other so there’s nothing quite like a soft tuft to cushion both your bits!
While shaving it all off makes it more pleasant and cleaner for your partner to go down on you (amongst other things), there’s also a bunch of ways it can backfire. Ingrown hairs, rashes, cuts, scarring, folliculitis and in some serious situations, even a staph infection can happen from removing the buffer that’s protecting your delicate region.
As if you don’t already have a million and one things to do, you’ve got to make time to schedule in some one on one time with your waxist and if she’s a reputable one, there’s usually a long waiting time. All that waiting, just to be pruned? Why not get that mani or catch up on that TV-series you’ve been meaning to with a bowl of ice cream (or kale, if that’s more your thing) instead and avoid additional stress to your already hectic life?
As with all things, it also boils down to the dollars and cents and the maintenance of this lifestyle choice to be as smooth as Barbie does not come cheap, usually resulting in the thousands of ringgits when done on a regular basis. Think of all the shoes you could buy in exchange for forgoing your waxing routine!
Regardless of your preferred form of topiary in your nether region sitch, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pay any attention to it at all. As with the hair on your head, keeping it neatly trimmed regularly shows that you’re a woman who looks after herself, and choosing not to go bald shows that you don’t conform to what society expects of women. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting to see what works for you, but unless it’s life threatening, try not to opt for a permanent solution. As Cameron writes, “Let’s be honest: just like every other part of your body, your labia majora is not immune to gravity. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?”
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