Most women spend a great deal of time and money trying to stay hairless and smooth. Shaving and waxing can include everything from armpits, arms, and legs, to chins and faces and any other areas that have unwanted hair.
The question is why do women go to so much trouble? Is it because they like feeling smooth? Or is it an expectation from society?
Most would argue that it is a societal norm for women not to have hairy underarms and faces. The majority of women consider shaving and waxing a routine part of their hygiene practice every day. And, surprisingly, there are a lot of women who also carry out these practices on their faces, where hair also grows. A new health awareness campaign called “We Can Face It” is trying to change that by making facial hair on women an acceptable thing.
Some women battle facial hair from a young age when hormones start to cause many different changes in their bodies. Genetics can also cause hair to grow on their faces and chests. Even during pregnancy, the change and increase in hormones can cause rampant hair growth in places where most women have never experienced it.
One woman, 27-year-old Harnaam Kaur, is leading a movement where women are embracing their facial hair in new and unique ways. She is a model, Instagram celebrity, and life coach who believes that women should be proud of who they are and not conform to the expectations of society. She told UNILAD that she began noticing the growth of hair on her face, arms and chest when she was only 11 and found out later that the condition was due to polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that causes the production of excess amounts of male hormones, states Healthline.
She remembers being bullied at school because of it so she battled the hair constantly by waxing and shaving. Then, at age 16, she joined a religion that forbids the removal of body hair. The religion, Sikhism, is no longer a part of her life but she continued to not remove body hair and encourages more women to embrace who they are and to do the same. She was recognized in 2016 in the Guinness World of Records as the youngest female to ever achieve a full beard.
There are many other young women who are joining the movement, claiming to feel beautiful and sexy, not because of their appearance but because they allow themselves to freely be unapologetically who they are. Perhaps we could all learn to live this way and embrace our true selves. Be sure to tell someone about this young lady and encourage them to be themselves as well!