When you're a teenager, you're so obsessed with doing things "adults" do, so you try to engage in all the beauty treatments and habits to prove you're not a kid anymore. Or is this just me? Nah, it happens to all of us. I still remember when I was about eleven years old watching an episode of As Told by Ginger, a cartoon showing the life of a common girl going through the basic and troublesome events of adolescence. In this particular episode, Ginger is being blackmailed by one of the evil popular girls of her school, who threatens to expose a terrible truth: that she has hairy legs. Now, her friends recommend her to wax her legs; however, her mother forbids her to do so, since she believes she’s still too young to go through such a painful beauty treatment like that. Miranda, the popular girl, takes advantage of this and forces Ginger to do her homework. Tired of being pushed around like that, she desperately finds a solution to end all her problems without disobeying her mother’s rule. Then her brother, a crazy inventor and collector, helps her by shaving just a bit of her legs, enough to let her wear some short pants and put a stop to Miranda’s antics.
That episode was quite shocking for me, since, of course, I had hairy legs and begun to feel self conscious about them. When I began middle school, I couldn’t wear skirts or dresses because I didn’t want to show my disgusting hairy legs. I asked my mom for permission to shave them and her answer was a big, resounding no. Stubborn as I was, I saved some money and went to a waxing salon and well, you can imagine how it went. While the pain was excruciating, I was happy and felt confident. Naturally, I didn't have the money to make this treatment a habit, so I ended up shaving. I finally understood that Ginger’s mom was right; after all, it’s an enslaving habit.
I have always been enslaved by hair removal and let's just say that the bush is the hardest to keep under control. Brazilian, Hollywood, Bikini, Extended Bikini, the list goes on. Such a delicate area undergoes harsh treatments and everything has become a fad. So, before you start plucking away perhaps it's time we sang another tune when it comes to pubic hair. Why not go natural?
Pubic hair works as a cushion
Yes, as you read it. Your pubes works as a cushion that protects you from the friction of sex and exercise. If you remove it, your skin becomes vulnerable, so it can get irritated and sore.
It prevents external bodies from entering our body
Pubic hair also works as a net that traps bacteria and other pathogens. It works as a shield that protects you from undesired bodies entering your privates.
Hair removal can provoke ingrown hairs
No matter what technique of hair removal you choose, either waxing, shaving, or using especial creams, the follicles are opened, and as the hair starts to grow, it can be trapped inside the skin and continue to grow inside. This can become an abscess that can be easily infected. Not that desirable, right?
By removing it you injure your skin
Again, no matter the technique, hair removal can cause microscopic wounds that once opened can cause infections.
Pubic hair controls body temperature
Besides protecting the area, it has the purpose of controlling the temperature of the region, and so it can help you experience more satisfying sexual relationships. If the temperature of the area isn't regulated it can become the perfect place for bacteria to thrive.
It can help you have more intense sexual relationships
Beyond helping regulate body temperature, hair also helps trap pheromones, which makes you more attractive. Go, hair!
The best option is trimming
Finally: a solution. More than being an aesthetic issue, we hold on to the idea that hair removal is a matter of hygiene. The best choice we have is to trim and groom it.
Sometimes in our eagerness to follow beauty trends we fail to understand their consequences. Next time you're about to get rid of the bush, take into account these facts; after all, hair is there for a reason, so we shouldn't underestimate its purpose. Embrace your bush!