Women Are Throwing Away Razors To Let The Hair Grow For ‘Januhairy’



Body hair and shaving it off have been a never-ending tussle for women. A few women tend to prefer wax, and some wouldn’t mind the pluck action. Since Gillette first marked a female razor in 1915, you'll agree that women have been encouraged to perceive body hair as something abnormal and perhaps a thing to deal with urgently. But then times are rapidly changing, and indeed a hairy resistance group is evolving. 


#Januhairy is flooding Instagram/Facebook, and of course, thousands of photos, including multiple accounts, have now been dedicated to women encouraging a natural look while also promoting body positivity. Specifically, the movement had started in 2018 by a woman identified as Laura Jackson, and not surprisingly, it has kicked off without question. Every January, women worldwide now participate in the trend – rocking their unshaved body hair alongside personal stories with the shared photos. 


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'There was this time where puberty was commencing and gifted me a full-blown pube-stache, and to be given a razor to snip it off was a dream. I was thrilled to remove my hair and have baby soft, hairless skin. I was excited to be "beautiful" finally. Until this little fantasy turned into a nightmare’

'Dear beauty brands, I am not your token dark skin south Asian woman. Fill my pockets like you fill those of my white counterparts. I'm not only here to talk about your surface-level conversations about race and inclusivity. I am more than your quick 5-minute read. I am more than just one photo amongst a sea of white skin’

‘I was texting someone I had been seeing for a while last night, and he said he needed to tell me something, sounded serious (and we were not serious). What he wanted to tell me, again, pretty rudely, was that my body hair that I've been growing out since Januhairy puts him off’

‘Over time through prayer, I learned to accept myself as I am and understand that there was nothing wrong with me, but it was societal beauty standards put on us at a young age that made sure for us women to hate ourselves so they could benefit off of us by making billions in the beauty industry’

Giving women an avenue to speak up, many have been expressing their thoughts on the subject matter, including racism, body positivity, and how society’s unrealistic beauty standards have affected them. One woman among the participant claimed the trend has made her reevaluate her relationship with a razor, while a few spoke of experiences of being bullied. 

‘Your time of freedom starts from when you first intentionally started growing out your body hair. This may be one year, one month, one week, or one day’

‘When I stopped shaving, I felt a bit uncomfortable, and I did get negative criticism. Being uncomfortable at first was worth it. Now (4 months later), I feel stronger than ever and truly self-confident’

‘I grow out my body hair because I love the way it looks and makes me feel. The conscious decision to go against the norm is so empowering and exciting!’

‘Society doesn't want hairy womxn as much as it doesn't want fat womxn or disabled womxn or loud womxn. When I say society, I mean white men in suits because that's who and what our Western society was built on, right?’

‘Creating a ritual of loving and respecting your body every day is essential, and we all know that it is necessary in these current times’

While not-shaving for a month can undeniably be discomforting, these women have, however, proved that body hair remains beautiful. Do you agree?

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