Every. Single. Time. RIP, best white towel.

1. I really cba to shower.

2. Fine I’ll shower.

3. I am never leaving the shower. I am at one with the water.

4. Where’s my shaver?

5. Over the other side of the bathroom. Of course it is.

*gingerly gets out of shower and leans to grab razor, nearly slipping and making the bath sound like it’s farting, you know the one*

6. La, la, la, this is easy, I can barely feel the blade on my legs.

7. Why are the hairs under my arm so much thicker?

8. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What am I doing on this planet..?

9. I love showers.

*looks down *

10. GOOD GOD.

11. Where did all this blood come from?! Who’s the culprit? SHOW YOURSELF.

12. Oh, my ankle, obviously. Not my uterus. Ankle.

13. That cut is TINY. I didn’t even FEEL IT.

14. I didn’t know there was so much blood in my ankle, isn’t it just bone?

15. This is ridiculous. Stop bleeding.

16. I’m never shaving my ankles again. They weren’t even hairy. I just like the thrill.

17. WHY ARE YOU STILL BLEEDING.

“Muuuuuuuuum…”

18. I’m going to be trapped here forever.

“MUUUUUUUUUUUUM…”

19. I’m bleeding out, aren’t I? I’m dying.

“MUUUUU- can I have a plaster, please? And can you pass me some towels? And get me some spinach, I need my iron levels back up.”

20. This plaster won’t stick, my skin’s wet.

21. Sorry Mum, I need to sacrifice this new white towel. RIP white towel, 2017-2017.

22. I can’t wait for cut to scab over. Picky pick pick.

*gets out and dries*

23. FFS I FORGOT TO SHAVE MY KNEES.

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First thing’s first, despite the title of this article there’s absolutely no need to do anything to your pubic hair unless you want to. There are zero health benefits to removing your lady fuzz – it simply comes down to personal preference. Some girls get rid of all of it, some give theirs a little trim now and then, and some let theirs grow wild and free. It’s entirely up to you, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

But if you do decide to do some landscape gardening, there are some things you need to know. Your pubic hair is usually coarser than your leg and underarm hair, and the area is likely to get hotter and sweatier than other parts of your body – all of which can affect which hair-removal method is right for you. Here are your options…

Shaving

Shaving is a cheap, fuss-free way of tidying up your lady garden, but to do the job right you’ll need a good set of tools including scissors, a decent razor and shaving gel or cream. If you’ve got sensitive skin you might want to invest in a post-shave balm, too.

Pros: Quick, easy and cheap.

Cons: Hair grows back in a couple of days, regrowth can be itchy as hell, razor rash isn’t pretty.

Pro-tip: Trim the public hair so it’s around 1-2mm long, then gently exfoliate the area before shaving to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Apply a good layer of shaving cream then shave along with your body’s natural curves – a razor with a pivoting head is good for this. Change the blade after a few uses to keep bacteria at bay and ensure your shaves are as smooth as possible.

Depilatories

Depilatory creams work by breaking down the keratin structure of each hair, essentially dissolving the base of the hairs until they’re weak enough to be broken off when they’re wiped away. Apply the cream, wait, then rinse. Voila!

Pros: Easy to use and the results can last up to two weeks.

Cons: Usually quite smelly, sometimes a bit pricey and not everyone gets long-lasting results.

Pro-tip: Follow the instructions on the packaging carefully. You’re basically putting a whole heap of chemicals on your skin, and while they’ve obviously been safety-tested it’s always possible you might have a reaction. Also, if you’re getting rid of everything (and we mean everything), choose a cream specially formulated for the bikini area – not all creams are suitable for your most sensitive bits.

Epilators

An epilator is a handheld device that looks like an electric razor, but definitely isn’t. Instead of cutting the hair at the root, dozens of electronic tweezers on the device pluck each individual hair clean out of the skin.

Pros: Long-lasting results, if you’ve got your own it’s easy to do touch-ups whenever it suits you.

Cons: Painful, epilators can be expensive.

Pro-tip: We’re not going to beat around the bush (ha, bush), epilating your bikini line can be super painful and can result in quite a lot of irritation, so it’s not for the faint-hearted. We wouldn’t recommend buying one without trying epilating first, so you might want to borrow one from a mate or family member to start with (make sure you sanitise it before using it). Numb the area with ice before you start (freezer blocks work a treat) and pull the skin taught as you go. And take deep breaths!

Waxing

Everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kim Kardashian advocates the virtues of waxing, mainly because of its long-lasting results. It works like epilating, by removing the hair from the root. The main difference is that it’s a lot quicker – a few rips and you’re done. Plus, repeated waxing means the hair thins down over time, so it becomes more comfortable. There are a few options:

1. Specially-formulated waxing strips, which you simply apply to the area then remove.
2. Hot wax, which is applied in a thin layer over the area then pulled off with a strip of cloth.
3. Hot wax which is applied to the area and then pulled off directly once it’s cooled.

Pros: Long-lasting results, not too expensive, all over quickly if you get it done by a pro.

Cons: Can be painful, you’ll have to wait for regrowth before waxing again, messy if you’re doing it yourself.

Pro-tip: If you’re a first time waxer, definitely go to a salon. You don’t want to end up sitting in your bathroom with a crotch covered in wax, unable to finish the job yourself! If you’ve got a bit of waxing experience (maybe you’ve done your legs before), start off with ready-prepared waxing strips specially formulated for the bikini zone – they’re usually pretty failsafe. Whether you go to a salon or try DIY, pop an ibuprofen half an hour before waxing to help keep the discomfort to a minimum.

Laser hair removal

Laser is a newish type of hair removal that uses a strong beam of light to penetrate the skin to destroy the hair follicle. It sounds a bit terrifying but it’s relatively painless – it feels a bit like having a rubber band gently pinged against your skin. It works best on darker, coarse hair, and it takes a few sessions to properly kill the hair off (usually around six, depending on the amount of hair you want removed). Once it’s dead, though, it’s probably never coming back.

Pros: Almost permanent results.

Cons: Very pricey, not suitable for everyone.

Pro-tip: Before you commit to anything, go for a consultation with a reputable clinic – they’ll be able to tell you whether you’re a good candidate for laser. And remember, the results are usually permanent so think carefully before opting for a completely stripped-back Hollywood. You never know what bikini hair trends will make a comeback, so you might want to leave something to play with in the future.

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From frizzy fanny fuzz to fabulous tumbling tresses, us girls sure are hairy creatures once it starts growing. Fact. And whether you like to trim your bush, whip off your pit hair, or let it all grow long and free – you’ve got to admit that body hair is kinda cool.

But how much do you actually know about the sometimes fluffy, sometimes wiry, sometimes soft and shiny stuff that sprouts and covers our bods?

Let’s find out!

What kinda body hair *usually* comes first during puberty?

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How long do you reckon the hairs on your head can live for?

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Every day, we shed body hairs *everywhere* (ew), but how many?

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Pubic hair is a special kind of hair that’s officially called...

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Body hair stands on end because…

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So, what’s the *real* reason we have pubes?

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A follicle is the sac from which a hair grows, but do you know which girls have the most hair follicles?

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Hair doesn’t grow *everywhere* you know. What part of the body CAN’T you sprout from?

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Which of these ISN’T an actual way of removing body hair?

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Armpit hair, pubes and your mane are the same colour…

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What’s a merkin?

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Hair is mostly made from keratin. Yikes, that's the same tough material as animal horns, hooves and claws…

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Body hair. It causes more social drama than an episode of EastEnders.

And all the shouting and opinions and ‘YOU AIN’T MY MUVVA’s can make you feel super confused at the pile of pubes you’ve now adopted, or your leg hair that seems to be growing darker and darker. What’s normal? Can you keep it? Or should it GET OUTTA MA PUB? (I’m not sure how long the EastEnders references are going to last, sorry.)

Firstly, let’s lay down the golden rules when it comes to YOUR body hair. Ahem. It is totally ok if you:

Don’t want to shave/wax/trim etc!

Not bothered by the hair on your body? Don’t get the fuss? That’s ok! Your body is yours and the hair on it is totally normal and healthy. If you don’t care about your fanny bush or fuzzy armpit then you leave it alone and stick two fingers up to the haters.

Want to shave/wax/trim etc!

Armpit hair too itchy? Leg hair too dark? Don’t like your pubes? That’s ok! You can remove your body hair as long as you’re doing it for the right reasons. But your friends making comments in the P.E. changing rooms about you not shaving your legs, or your boyfriend/girlfriend saying you’re weird and dirty for keeping your pubes, aren’t the right reasons. Only change your body for you and nobody else.

So that’s that sorted. But what about the hair that’s not on your legs, fanny, or armpit? The hair that lurks but no one talks about? The tuft that’s appeared on your big toe or the sole, lonely long hair that’s sticking proudly from your left nipple? Is THAT normal?! Well…

1. Hairy toes?

Yep. Normal. Toes get hairy, which apparently is a sign of good circulation! So if you can plait your toe hair then your heart is probably doing a good job. Be proud.

2. Hairy nipples?

Totally normal. It’s very common to have a hair or two growing around your nipples. Like most things, you can probably blame hormones. It’s unlikely that many people are going to see them, or care, but if you do want to get rid then a gentle pluck will do.

3. Facial hair?

Normal, almost all of the time. While men are basically encouraged to rock a hipster beard, it can feel like a girl’s worst nightmare to have hair growing on their face (spot the inequality!). But whether it’s upper lip, between the eyebrows, or on your chin, it happens. Usually it’s just who you are – but sometimes a lot of face hair can be due to hormonal imbalances, so if it seems extreme or is really bothering you, get yourself to your GP.

4. Hairy eyebrows?

So normal. Some people’s eyebrows are super thin and some are super thick, and what’s socially acceptable and trendy changes every damn day. Eyebrows can be cool to play with and style, but never think that yours are naturally weird or abnormal. And never wax or shave them off completely off… believe me. You don’t wanna do that.

5. Snail trail?

Funnily enough, normal! Snail trails, the hair that can run from your belly button to your fanny, aren’t just guy property. #Equality

6. Dark hair?

Normal. The colour of your body hair will totally depend on your DNA. If you have super dark hair that steals the limelight, or super pale hair that makes your eyebrows redundant, then you can probably blame your parents. Whatever the colour, it’s normal to you.

7. Hairy bum?

Unfortunately, normal. We’re not talking about the long hairs that get trapped in your bum crack after a shower, we’re talking about actual hair that grows in said bum crack. It’s a misconception that your pubes only grow on your mons pubis (the area above your vulva – Google it). They grow in ALL THE AREAS down below. You can get rid of it if you want to, but please be careful! Shaving down there can be tricky, blind, and VERY PAINFUL IF YOU GET IT WRONG.

8. Pubey thighs?

Argh, sorry. Normal. As above, your pubes can grow in ALL THE AREAS and that can include your thighs. Yeah. We know. Thankfully these pubes tend to not be as thick and wiry as your fanny pubes so are soft and less noticeable, which also makes them more easy to get rid of – if you so wish.

So, there you have it. Body hair. More often than not, totally 100% normal.

*gasp. dramatic look. DUFF DUFF DUFFDUFFDUFF DUFFDUFFDUFFDUFF. theme tune. credits roll*

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Here are some things that count as ‘showing off’: loudly telling everyone your mock results when they didn’t ask. Doing perfect cartwheels during hockey practice. Instagrams from your beach holiday when you know it’s raining back home.

Here’s something that doesn’t count as ‘showing off’: lifting up your arm when there is some entirely natural hair underneath it. Nope. Not even a little bit. That’s called, well, lifting your arm up when there’s some perfectly natural hair underneath it. Ipso facto, Lourdes Leon isn’t ‘showing off’ her underarm hair any more than I’m showing off my elbows by wearing a t-shirt. Or showing off my nose by… having a nose.

But we’re all agreed on that, aren’t we? Because we’re all cool with the fact that bodies have hair in all kinds of places, and that it’s 100% up to us whether we choose to get rid of it or embrace it tenderly. Shave it, wax it, trim it, grow it, plait it, glitter it, or just let it do its sweet thing.

Sadly though, certain corners of the British media are still playing catch up as far as being chill about women’s bodies goes. And so when Madonna’s daughter went on a lovely beach holiday this week, she made headlines in loads of tabloid papers for ‘flaunting’, ‘parading’ and yep, ‘showing off’ her unshaven pits on the beach. Boring, guys. We are bored.

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Instead let’s take a moment to salute Madonna Junior for following in her mum’s iconic footsteps – by not giving a s**t, doing her own thing, and being fantastically hirsute while she does it. Besides, Lourdes, you’re just saving yourself a load of painful shaving cuts. And nobody has time for this kind of hassle.

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