A few years ago I decided I'd had enough with shaving my legs. It's one of the more tedious body-grooming tasks if you choose to do so, and there's so much to be annoyed about, from the occasional skin irritation to the fact that—surprise—you've got to repeat the process the very next day if you want to be silky smooth having thick hair is a blessing in most cases, but not so much when you're talking legs. I blocked off new time with the woman I see for my bikini waxesand off I went, never looking back…until I realized how much money I was spending.
There are photos of her working out, selfies that highlight her physical changes since she switched up her fitness routine, and snaps of all her favorite eeeeeats. But Mikenas's account also focuses on something women often don't talk about, let alone show on Instagram: body hair. The Indiana-based Instagrammer hasn't shaved her body hair in over a year, and she proudly displays her leg and armpit hair to remind other women that it's OK to let it grow.
After all, I had people to impress, I guess. Shaving my legs was definitely not on the top of my list of things to worry about, so I stopped. It was a good laugh as we realized that my legs were so hairy, they actually felt like fleece pants.
I never thought that societal pressures for women to look a certain way could lead to such violent threats. Rape threats over body hair. I use my leg-shaving time in the shower to let my hair conditioner work its magic.
I was 12 when my mother sat beside me, nervously cleared her throat, and gave this serious admonishment: I was never to shave my legs. I solemnly nodded but neglected to mention that I secretly had been shaving for more than a year. My mother never had shaved her legs, mainly because respectable women of the era didn't engage in such pretentious behavior and also she didn't have any noticeable hair.
Thousands of women, we're told, are signing up for the Hairy Legs Club — an online movement that encourages like-minded ladies to ditch the razor and flaunt their naturally hirsute limbs. But what are men supposed to think about it? A woman with more fuzz on her ankles than a Tour de France cyclist or Premier League footballer can be a strange, conflicting, unsettling sight for us gents.
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Tweeze, shave, chemical cream, wax or electro-zap: Humans have come up with a pharmacy's worth of ways to deforest their bodies of natural hair. Yet, to evolutionary biologists, humans are amazing not because they have so much hair, but because they have so little. Whereas our ancestors once sported full-fur suits, Homo sapiens today are almost embarrassingly naked.
The term comes from the dotted or pitted appearance that resembles the skin and seeds of a strawberry. The open comedones that cause the appearance of strawberry legs are hair follicles or enlarged pores that contain a trapped mixture of oil, bacteria, and dead skin. When the follicle or pore is exposed to air after shaving, it may darken.