As much as we preach about confidence and accepting yourself here on Gurl, we can admit it: we all do weird AF things to our bodies in an attempt to feel good about ourselves. You can admit that and still admit to being a body positive, confident person – after all, it’s unrealistic to think that you will love everything about yourself 100 percent of the time. I mean, I’m definitely not saying that we aren’t all perfect the way we are (because, let’s face it, we are goddesses), but sometimes you just need something that boosts your self-esteem a bit. And sometimes, that “something” is a weird beauty ritual. My aunt, for example, tapes her bangs to her forehead so that they dry straight, like she likes. Does this seem strange and potentially painful? Yes, but it works for her.
Recently, I came across a Reddit thread that was dedicated to girls spilling their weirdest beauty secrets. Mrspollite said, “Ladies, let’s share the things that secretly help your look better. Things that nobody would guess and that you don’t want anybody to know.” Some of them are out there, but a lot of them are actually super common, and you might not have realized that other people do them too. It’s kind of cool to see you aren’t alone. Feeling good about yourself will give you confidence, and that is something we all need these days. So, take a look at these weird beauty rituals that girls do, and don’t feel embarrassed if you do any of them, too.
Pluck Their ToesA lot of girls feel comfortable with less body hair, and that includes the spots you don't think about - like toes. You might not admit that you pluck your toes, but it happens! User Archaebob said, "I pluck the hairs on my big toes. If someone asked I would tell them, but I don't think it has ever come up before. Not sure why I do it. I don't bother with plucking anything else, not even my eyebrows." It's totally up to you! Image Source: iStock
Shave Their ButtsBut_im_a_cheerleader said," Well here goes. I shave my ass pubes on the toilet because it's the easiest way to keep my cheeks spread ( I have a big butt ). Yup. Never told anyone irl that because it seems kinda gross." Hey, you do what you gotta do! Image Source: iStock
Irritate Their Skin On PurposeNina_notchca said, "Irritate the skin on my cheeks on purpose. I found out by accident it turns my skin reddish to the point where it doesn't look irritated but creates a natural, healthy looking blush." Okay, I don't suggest irritating your skin on a regular basis...but it will give you a little bit of a "blush" look if you give it a little pinch. You could also use blush, though, so it's up to you. Image Source: iStock
Wash Their Hair With Carbonated WaterThis is something I've never heard of but kind of want to try? Its_a_gundaaam said, "I get a blowout and they use carbonated water which really cleans up your scalp (good when you're stuck with hard water, like me)." Image Source: iStock
Draw On Their EyebrowsEyebrows might not be quite as important right now as they were this time last year, but a lot of girls still feel really self-conscious about theirs. Some girls draw their eyebrows on - it's actually a lot more common than you would think. User Bbphills said, "I draw the majority of my eyebrows on because I plucked them way too much when I was younger and they never grew back properly" Image Source: iStock
Shave Their FaceIt's normal to hear about women removing body hair on their legs, armpits, and genital area, but on their face? Not so much. Well, it's definitely something that isn't only for the guys. User Hanklemcdankle said, "I shave my face. I'm not a particularly hairy woman, but my so touches my face a lot and whenever I use coconut oil and shave, it makes it SOOOO soft." Image Source: iStock
Use Vaseline As MakeupIf having a glowing complexion makes you feel confident, then you'll do anything to get it - including using a random product as makeup. User Swallowmymaddness said, "I apply vaseline on my lashes and cheekbones. I don't wear makeup daily, so this is the alternative to looking awake. Natural beauty is a big thing for me." Image Source: iStock
Use Three Different MoisturizersOther girls admitted to using excessive amounts of products on their skin. Nanas_mic said, "I use like 3 different moisturizers at the same time. It's not a secret, but sometimes it strikes me as being a little ridiculous." Whatever works for you! Image Source: iStock
Shave Their NipplesOther girls shave more private parts of their bodies. _Scooter said, "I shave the hair off my nipples." According to this thread, it's actually super common! It can be a little dangerous though, so proceed with caution. Image Source: iStock
Shave Their KnucklesMsstark said, "I shave my knuckles." Listen, you can shave whatever part of you that will make you feel better. I'm not saying you HAVE to, since you don't! But if you want ~smooth~ knuckles, know that you're not alone. Image Source: iStock
Do you do any of these weird tricks? Tell us in the comments!