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Even though we are progressing and becoming more open-minded about some things, hair is always a topic for debate. Body hair, to be exact.

It’s baffling how some men can be emasculated if they decide to part with their body hair and how women are seen as being radical feminists if they decide to keep their body hair. Human beings naturally grow hair from their skin, so what’s the big fuss surrounding the question of whether or not we should keep or lose our body hair?

Our hair may distinguish us from others, but it also brings us together because of how unique it is. It’s quite a personal decision to either shave, wax or laser off your hair. This is why you need to know what you’re getting yourself into before you make that decision.

The Pros and Cons of Shaving Your Body Hair

Shaving is the more popular way to get rid of your hair. Why is that?

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Shaving is quick, easy and cost effective. Spending thousands of dollars to be as smooth as a baby’s bottom isn’t as appealing as spending less than a hundred dollars to almost get the same results. And if shaving is done properly, it can be painless!


The pros of shaving sound great, I know. However, we should not forget about INGROWN hairs. Those pesky ingrown hairs are the result of you using a blunt razor or shaving in the opposite direction that your hair usually grows. They will be wanting to enjoy the fresh hair and break through the surface of your skin, but won’t be able to, which can be quite itchy and annoying.

Let’s not forget the dark spots that can be caused by repetitive shaving. If your skin is sensitive, shaving can cause irritation and pimples, and your hair grows back faster compared to the other options.

The Pros and Cons of Waxing Your Body Hair

It’s no secret that most people associate waxing with pain, but if you do it often enough, it can become a walk in the park for you.

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If given the option to experience intense pain or stay pain-free, you’d probably opt to stay out of pains way. But did you know that there are actual benefits to keeping your follicles intact, especially your pubic hair? Apart from it serving as a protective function by trapping pathogens that could enter your body, pubic hair reduces friction during sex.

With regards to the hair that grows on other parts of our bodies, they aren’t causing anyone any harm by doing what they do; they’re simply existing. But if you still want to feel smooth when you run your hands over your chest, back, arms or legs then waxing might be for you.


One good thing about waxing is that the hair takes longer to grow back and it grows back thinner. Say hasta la vista to those ingrown hairs and say hola to smooth and silky skin.


Before you book yourself a waxing appointment, you should also know that sometimes waxing can cause burning which irritates the skin. Also, you might have to get waxed over and over again depending on the type of waxing you want done, which can be extremely painful.

Laser Hair Removal & Hair Removal Creams

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Hair Removal Creams

Hair removal creams are grand because they are cheap, painless and easy to use. The catch is that some of them have a distinct odor that can be unbearable to some people. They do last longer and they cause hair to grow back softer, unlike razor hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. It is an expensive option, but if you want a more permanent solution to removing your body hair, and money is not a problem, then this one is for you.

It might cause slight swelling, irritation and pigment changes, but if you can look past these disadvantages of laser hair removal then you should check out Younique Medi Spa & IV Clinic that is usually frequented by the likes of well-known public figures such as Maria Nepembe and Pombili Shilongo.

Which option is better?

Whichever option suits you. If you like having an extra coat of protection against the cold then go for it. Want to be as shiny and smooth as a dolphin? Be my guest.

We shouldn’t be pressured into conforming to body ideals that don’t resonate with who we are.

At the end of the day, it’s only hair and we all possess the ability to grow hair. It can be thick or on the finer side, but it should be our own choice to keep it or undergo painful strenuous procedures to get rid of it.

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Francineth Kate Bauleth

I’m Francineth Kate Bauleth. I have one more name, but you’re not allowed to know it. I’ve been alive for 20 years. I’m passionate about all things related to media. I love having fun as long as it doesn’t involve me climbing mountains.

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