Welcome back to another TMI talk. This one I will be talking about shaving. The last year, it has become popular subject with girls online talking about how they have given up shaving and how much it has helped them and made their life easier. Of course all this talk about not shaving appealed to the lazy side of me. It is trendy to not shave? Awesome! This is when I decided to do a little experiment.
I have been shaving since I was ten. This is a long time and in hindsight I cannot believe that I started to shave so early in life. However, I know I was taught about it at that age because that it when I started high school and we all know what high school can be like. For 12 years I was regularly shaving my legs, I am nearly six foot so if you think about all the time that has gone into shaving my legs.. well, it is a lot.
About a year ago I stopped shaving. At first it did make me feel insecure. I live in Australia so I rarely wear trousers or long pants, meaning my legs were always out. I had to get used to the idea that I did have hairy legs.
Lucky for me, I am fair skinned and fair haired. Meaning that my leg hair is very fair and all the time I spend in the sun means that it also gets bleached and becomes ever fairer. I understand that for people with darker hair it may not be as easy because the hair is more obvious.
I very rarely got any comments about my leg hair which, actually shocked me and my ego. We all think that everyone is looking at us and judging us but most the time people really do not care what you look like or how hairy your legs are. The first place I stayed at since giving up the razor absolutely no one commented until about 8 weeks in when the comment was ‘ha you’re legs are hairy’ to my response ‘ha yeah.’ And that was that.
The only time I have had a comment that set me back was when I was sitting in the sun with my hairy legs tanning and someone sat down next to me to chat. Then he points out my legs ‘wow they are hairy than mine,’ ‘ha probably’, to which he responded ‘what does your boyfriend think? Because it bothers him even if he doesn’t say it.’ Such an asshole comment. You think I gave up shaving to impress people? No, I did it for me.
I gave up shaving because I didn’t want to waste time or money on things that didn’t matter. I wanted to see what it would do to my confidence, can I hold myself if someone challenges me. I wanted to see if after time, my leg hair would become finer and lighter so that it was almost unnoticeable. So, EXCUSE YOU, I don’t care if it bothers my boyfriend. It’s about making decisions that make me happy.
Six months ago, I decided to wax my legs. I had been talking about it with some friends and they were saying how good it was and I did fancy just another experiment. Later on that week I waxed my legs and was so happy with how they came out. I only did the lower half and all the hairs didn’t come off but that was fine. They were smooth and made me feel pretty great. However, a week or so after whenever I got goosebumps it really hurt! Pretty weird, I know and I also ended up getting all this little lumps, I think from where the hair was growing back which was uncomfortable and helped me make the decision to never wax again because it didn’t feel worth it.
So after 12 years of shaving I have now not shaved in nearly a year and I feel great and really wish more people would live to please themselves and not others. Sure, if you shave for you then awesome but just really think is it for you? Do you really care? Why do you care? Or is it for other people and from what is expected of you? Not shaving is also great for your confidence so try it out and see how you feel! I mean come on, it’s only hair.
Thank you for reading this blog post! I wrote this about 6 months ago and never got around to posting it so here it is, my two cents on shaving and if it is really worth it (it isn’t). Let me know your opinions and how you feel about the topic, even though it seems trivial it is also important to address what women are doing to make sure we fit into the idea of what a ‘perfect women.’ You can catch my previous blog post on 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years. stay kind. stay hydrated. eat your veggies. look after your soul.