Over the last decade the removal of unwanted body hair has turned into a frenzy. Waxing, shaving, laser, creams are only a few of the available methods you can make unwanted hair disappear. The biggest challenge, however, for many women has been the removal of unwanted hair from the delicate and fragile area of the pubic region.

It started off as a regular bikini wax to remove unwanted hair that crept outside your bikini line. Gradually, it went on to a brazilian wax, where all hair is removed from your entire pubic region leaving only a strip or triangle of hair just above the pubic bone, known as the “landing strip” with an episode of Sex and the City in 2000 making it a huge trend. Then came the hollywood wax, that leaves you completely pubic hair free.

Recently, however, Cameron Diaz published a book that shook bikini waxing from its roots. Her book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, is about wellness and health information. One of the sections of the book is  devoted on pubic hair and the importance of keeping a fair amount of hair “down there”.

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Among other things she writes: “Just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?”. She clearly states her disagreement towards laser hair removal and continues writing “Personally, I think permanent laser hair removal sounds like a crazy idea. Forever? I know you may think you’ll be wearing the same style of shoes forever and the same style of jeans forever, but you won’t. The idea that vaginas are preferable in a hairless state is a pretty recent phenomenon, and all fads change, people.”

So far so good, at least for those who agree with her. However, for many women out there, including myself, it is a slightly different story. Permanent laser hair removal is indeed a “recent” phenomenon, compared to shaving, waxing, sugaring, since it became commercially available some time in the mid-1990s. But hair removal in general is not.

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Laser targets the dark matter called melanin in the hair follicles without affecting the skin which also contains melanin. So, the darker the hair (contains more melanin) and the fairer the skin color the better the results. New lasers are being introduced that target dark hair on dark skin.

You should avoid sun exposure after treatments, so better to start them during winter and finish by the time summer comes.

Limit waxing before starting treatments, as laser targets hair roots that waxing temporarily eliminates.

An average of 5 treatments are usually necessary for best outcome.

                                                                Source: WebMD

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Women have always struggled to find ways to eliminate unwanted body hair, from their armpits, legs, face, pubic region, for as long time as possible. The easiest and cheapest way is shaving but it lasts only for a couple of days and so do waxing creams. Waxing and sugaring lasts longer but it is painful and hair need to grow quite a bit before they can be removed. Laser hair removal takes only a few minutes and offers a relatively painless, lasting result that we women have always wanted to achieve.

So, why is it all of a sudden presented as something so unnatural? Don’t we try to have hairless legs daily? Yes. Armpits? Yes. The bikini area is an exception? Or, is it an area that we should only worry about when summer approaches and the rest of the year we can leave it grow wild and free? Women who take care of their bikini area do it all year round.

Unless there is a personal health condition that says otherwise and the procedure is carried out by trained physicians, there is no problem whatsoever in going bare down there permanently. On the contrary:

  • No hair means no pubic lice and far less bacteria growing, hence you always are clean and fresh.
  • Laser hair removal almost eliminates the risk of ingrown hairs making red lumps and infected hair follicles, every woman’s bikini nightmare, a thing of the past.
  • No more panicking when your secret crush comes unexpectedly at your door or your friends organise a last minute trip to the seaside since you will have ready-to-bare bikini everyday.
  • And before having to worry about how gravity is going to affect your labia, let’s think of a moment the fact that hair turns gray, often regardless of your age. Are you ready to face that reality down under too? Laser simply gives you the option not to.

Many women will relate to Diaz’s opinion and many will not. I, for instance, don’t since after trying laser hair removal myself, the only disadvantage I see is the cost (60 euros for each treatment). The choice is entirely up to you because what matters in the end is how YOU feel more comfortable about your hair down under!

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Lab scientist, sharp dresser and cooking guru Maria is one half of the original alwaysladies.com founding team. She brings her opinions with earnestness and a smile, even when there are razor blades inside.

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