Fresh off the return of the full bush , there is yet another triumph for team no-nicks-and-cuts: Grown-out underarm hair. According to a recent study , nearly one in four women under the age of 25 have stopped shaving their underarms. And after lockdown, it's likely that this number has only gone up, with many embracing a more lived-in look. But this long overdue shift in society's standards of female beauty wouldn't have been possible without the women who bucked convention in the first place. Equally radical were two of the latter decade's biggest rule breakers, Madonna and Lisa Bonet , who each tossed the razor with bad girl aplomb.
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Women body hair: Why more women are shaving less
Female body hair is becoming more visible in popular culture and, while the issue has been around for decades, the new enthusiasm for hirsuteness has a 21st-century twist. I am usually late to catch on to shifts in the zeitgeist; this one came to my attention just recently. For the past couple of decades, I have seldom shaved my armpits. Now, all of a sudden, I was on-trend.
As beauty trends have gradually become more inclusive — with makeup offered in more natural shades than ever before and bras made available in an expanding number of custom sizes — women are also giving themselves more leeway when it comes to personal grooming. Body hair has been embraced by celebrities who speak proudly of their unshaven underarms and influencers who post unapologetically about their visible leg hair. Photographer Ashley Armitage has made body hair one of the focuses of her Instagram account, which includes portraits of feminine women combing their wispy underarm locks. Her interest began more than five years ago, when she noticed her friends were letting the hair on their armpits and legs grow. It made her question her own hair-removal habits.
As you browse the aisles of your local drugstore, you may feel a little dizzy. So which hair removal methods work best? And do you need any of them? Before removing hair, it helps to know about the different types of hair on our bodies.