In terms of body hair, I used to be a staunch waxer down there for a long time. Initially starting as a vacation-bound bikini wax, it turned into a routine I kept up through fall and winter, removing more and more hair as the year went on. Once I reached full Brazilian, I came up with these weird justifications to keep my vag totally bare:
“Pubic hair is dirty anyway, I feel so much cleaner, especially when I have my period.”
“Most guys don’t really like pubic hair – how else am I ever gonna get anyone to sleep with me?”
“I can actually see what’s going on down there!”
“I’m not a hippie, I’m a modern, independent woman – of COURSE I don’t have pubic hair.”
Cut to what Oprah calls an “A-ha moment” at a theatre performance wherein I saw three naked women, all with pubic hair.
“Oh. My. God. When was the last time I even saw a naked woman who wasn’t me or in a porn?”
“I bet more girls have pubic hair than I thought.”
“Dudes sleep with these women. They’re talking about it. In front of me. While having pubic hair!”
“And that’s $60/wax once a month and I’ve been doing this for how many years…? NO! NO! NO!”
Pubic hair is a highly stigmatized, gendered, and politicized entity in itself. Whatever decision you make about what makes you feel confident and awesome down there – great! Rock on! Just make sure that you’re making that decision for you and not solely based on what your partner wants or what society deems as attractive or desirable. Personally, I have decided to keep a modest amount of pubic hair and I honestly prefer it to the completely bald version I had before. That said, here are 7 reasons you actually shouldn’t shave your pubes:
It's There To Keep You ComfortablePubic hair isn't just on your body for no reason - it has a purpose! It actually exists to act as a barrier to friction. This includes friction between your body and your clothing, as well as during sex. Pubes are there to make one of the most friction-heavy circumstances more comfortable for your genitals. Pubes make sure that your skin doesn't get inflamed and rug burn-y. Source: iStock
Pubes Protect You From BacteriaOpen cuts and wounds you can get from shaving and other forms of hair removal, plus the warm, moist environment of genitals equals a recipe for infection. Even when there aren't cuts down there, pubic hair still acts as a barrier to keep out unwanted bacteria while leaving a healthy amount of it there. Pubic hair also keeps unwanted dust, debris, and dirt from getting in and irritated.
It Will Be Less Itchy Down ThereYou might love the feeling and look of being completely bare down there. It's true that on the first day, it's all smooth and nice. But as soon as the hair starts growing in, it itches like CRAZY. It's the worst. And since you need to grow that hair in order to take it off again, you have to go through this period. If you leave the hair alone, it definitely won't itch as much. Source: iStock
You'll Save MoneyI was a poor college student and I was dumping close to $750/year in to waxing the hair off of my vagina. That's more money than I spent on anything else. Of course shaving is cheaper, in theory, but if you want to shave your pubes and not hurt yourself, you're going to want to get a high quality razor and shaving cream. The rusty disposable sitting in your soap dish is not gonna cut it (Sorry about that pun). Not shaving or waxing means saving money.
It's The Most Difficult Area To ShaveSome people's pubic hair goes down their thigh and can extend back towards their butt. It is difficult to shave because the total area is not so easily seen and the super sensitive skin around your vagina is really easy to cut. It's a big, bloody, puffy disaster waiting to happen. Source: iStock
Staying Natural Means No Ingrown HairsIngrown hairs are not fun, and you get them most often from shaving and/or waxing. They're painful. Some can grow into large blackhead-looking mountains that need to be popped or picked at with tweezers. Do it yourself if you're brave, but if you're cool with your waxist doing this, I'm sure they'll help themselves during your next appointment. Regardless, staying natural down there takes away a lot of the risk of ingrown hairs. Source: iStock
Pubic Hair Is Natural, Not GrossSave for some conditions in which people are incapable of growing pubic hair, it's biology's way of saying that you're sexually maturing, or that you already have. It's perfectly natural and it exists for a reason. Pubic hair wasn't an evolutionary accident and it's here to help you have better sex and a healthier vagina. There's no need to be ashamed of your bush, no matter how long it is. Be proud!
Which of these do you disagree with? Do you shave down there? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments.