I remember biking to the Korean nail salon every three weeks in high school so that a woman could sear off my film of mustache and thick eyebrows, chastising me if I waited too long. Their teasing made me feel bestial. Soon my friends and I all went to liberal colleges, where we read Simone de Beauvoir and plastered posters of Frida Kahlo to our dorm walls, her unibrow and facial mustache a symbol for her hairy resistance of the white patriarchy.
For thousands of years people have removed hair from their faces, under their arms, around the genitals and from other parts of their bodies. Some people have even shaved off the hair on the top of their head. This was seen as a way of keeping the body clean, stopping head and body lice, and being more beautiful!
While in the past pubic hair was something to be ashamed of, thanks to celebrities owning their body hair and brands finally representing realistic grooming habitsit's becoming more and more normalized. But still, it begs the question: Does having hair down there make any difference other than the visual aesthetics? Is it merely decorative?
Yes, according to new research that links the frequency of pubic grooming with the added risk of certain sexually transmitted infections. The new study, which surveyed 7, nationally representative adults across the U. After controlling for age and number of sexual partners, the researchers determined those who groomed at any frequency had an 80 percent higher risk of having an STI than those who had never groomed at all. This heightened sexual activity — not the grooming in and of itself — could be increasing their risk of an infection.
Pubic hair is terminal body hair that is found in the genital area of adolescent and adult humans. The hair is located on and around the sex organs and sometimes at the top of the inside of the thighs. In the pubic region around the pubis boneit is known as a pubic patch.
One score and eleven years ago, a woman from eastern Brazil opened a beauty salon in Manhattan. Janea Padilha named the salon J Sisters, and embarked on a quest to remove hair from the bodies of women with hot wax. Celebrities flocked to J Sisters.
Removing pubic hair is a personal preference. In fact, there are no health benefits to removing pubic hair. In the meantime, your genital area can feel itchy and prickly because the skin in this area is very sensitive.
It is believed that nature does not create anything superfluous, but everyone has the right to decide whether to keep the pubic hair or not. It is determined by the amount of melanin a pigment substance contained in each hair, which can be different because melanin content varies throughout the body. Throughout life, the melanin content decreases. The hair becomes lighter and eventually grows gray, both on the head and in the pubic area.
It must have happened sometime in the last decade because the amount of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing every hair from their genitals is astronomical. The genital hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their speciality services to those seeking the "clean and bare" look, is booming. But why pick on the lowly pubic hair?