Of course, shaving is a personal choice! Some people enjoy up-keeping their bodies in this way, but sometimes.. it's just too much. Here are 10 reasons you should consider staying au naturale.
1. It's better for your health!
First, there is a reason you have body hair. It protects you from bacteria and other environmental things that can cause infections or throw off your pH balance. This has been crafted over thousands of years of evolution to give you the perfect defense system down there. Don't take it for granted! Also, it puts you at a higher risk of contracting certain kinds of STDs because your skin is fully exposed to the elements. Hair adds this extra layer of protection and shaving it off can spread around topical/skin diseases.
2. It helps you find a mate.
It's a true fact that this hair actually releases pheromones. Pheromones are the very hormone that makes humans attracted to each other and can be found in hair. Scientists also believe this has to do with the fact that we sweat, which gives off certain oils that our hair follicles hold on to. Gross, but you're actually more desirable with this hair. It also signals in a deep part of our brain that our bodies are physically matured, which makes us more interested in relationships.
3. Razor bumps? No.
Regardless of your preferred method of hair removal, skin irritation is going to happen either way. Razor bumps, tender skin, redness, etc. are all results of hair removal. Keeping your body just the way it was intended to be not only looks better, but feels better. The skin down here is also typically way more sensitive and littered with nerve endings, making anything that much more painful.
4. This hair actually helps regulate your body temperature...
The body is crazy, man. We already talked about how hair follicles help with sweating and release oils, but what happens after? Well, once these oils have evaporated off your skin, it cools down your skin! This can keep you cool in the warmer months, but your hair also keeps you warm in the colder months. Imagine having a bald head in the winter with no hat on? No thanks.
5. No shaving means no itching.
Let's be real, nothing is worse than feeling that strong itch when you're out in public somewhere. The days of your hair growing back just consist of constant itchy feelings and the way it rubs against the hem of your underwear is all types of wrong. Not to mention, when you scratch, it only causes those micro-wounds to get bigger. You're also exposing that area to bacteria from things your hands were touching all day, which just isn't a good combo.
6. It saves you money.
If you added up what you spent on razors or waxing sessions a year, you'd probably faint. When you are choosing to go more natural, you typically save money. Not having to buy those big packs of razors every month? Not having to shell out fees and tips at a salon to remove it? Those things add up and you'll be able to go buy yourself something nice this holiday season with the money you saved on leaving your body the way it's supposed to be!
7. No pain needed!
With great shaving, comes great responsibility. And frankly, a responsibility I don't want to deal with. When you aren't shaving, you don't have to encounter the ever looming threat of ingrown hairs. Going natural also is completely painless! You go through exactly zero (0) pain when you choose not to go through some type of hair removal. No pain, no irritation, no tenderness, no ingrowns, etc.
8. It provides natural lubrication!
Ya know, when you're ready. Of course. It protects the most sensitive part of your body from the harsh realities of friction. That can really hurt you down there and hair helps to eliminate this problem. It saves your girl from redness and also pain the next day. When you don't have this barrier, things can get pretty irritating. Literally.
9. Shaving is so annoying.
Forgetting to shave is annoying. Have you ever shaved one leg and not the other because you were in a rush? Hair removal is a process, sometimes a long one. And we shouldn't have to fork over our precious time to remove the hair. Not only that, but one little slip when you're in a rush can cause a pretty painful ending of blood and bandaids. You also probably do this weekly or bi-weekly when you could be doing something way more productive. All those hours in the bathroom add up!
10. It's completely your choice.
Yes, I am on the pro-hair side, but that doesn't mean you have to do anything! If you're willing to deal with all the side effects of removing this hair, go for it! You're a stronger person than I am, honestly. You can do whatever you'd like with your body hair; take it all of or make some cool designs out of it! Just remember to never do things because a partner or loved one tells you to.
You should be able to feel comfortable in your body, and your hair!