Shaving hair is one of the most controversial topics when it comes to personal grooming for women. To shave or not to shave? That’s the million dollar skin care question for women who grow excessive body hair. Naturally, I am not a hairy person hence, I have never had to wax or shave my legs or arms. Yet, I am aware of the controversy surrounding shaving especially when it comes to African women.
Shaving Hair in the West vs Shaving Hair in Africa
In the western world, women shave or wax their legs and arms as a requirement of their personal grooming. However, to the best of my knowledge, African tradition has no demands on shaving. In fact, growing up in Africa, I watched older girls and women walk around with hair peeking out of their armpits. Surprisingly, hairy legs and arms were considered a thing of beauty. Yes truly. Go figure!!!
Mo’nique Says Not Shaving Hair is a “Black Thing”. Do you agree?
Indeed, African American actress Mo’Nique also affirmed that not shaving is a “black thing”. In 2009 she topped the headlines for her performance in the movie, Precious. However, instead of the media celebrating her for her acting chops, the focus was turned to her hairy legs. Most people found it ugly and repulsive. To her credit though, she was unapologetic. What do you think? Do you agree that not shaving is a “black thing”?
Newest Fashion Trend of 2019: Rainbow armpits?
Guess what? Today, Marie Claire Magazine is hailing the “unicorn armpit hair” as the best beauty trend of 2019 so far. This trend is encouraging women to embrace their body hair by dying their armpit in a rainbow color. The month of January has thus been dubbed “Januhairy,” as an ongoing celebration on social media encouraging women to grow out and show off their body hair.
Did you join or will you be joining the bandwagon of growing your body hair? Please sound off in the comments section below!
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