Women see it as their way of accepting their bodies and an act of self-love.
Beauty standards and society may make women self-conscious about the way they look, and having body hair is a part of this. But some women have decided to put their own interests first and choose what’s best for their bodies, regardless of what other people expect from them. And it’s not about judging people who prefer to shave, but about your body and making decisions for yourself.
Women want to make a statement.
Dealing with body hair can be pretty overwhelming since women have to find time in their schedules to remove their hair in the right way to avoid any irritation. They also have to worry about keeping their skin smooth, since hair can grow back pretty fast. And there’s a bunch of beauty products like razors, shaving creams, exfoliators, and moisturizers that women have to use to get the best results and protect their skin from the damage that shaving may cause.
Sometimes it’s a question of health.
Some people think that shaving your hair reduces your body odor, but this turned out to not be completely true. Removing hair from your armpits helps the deodorant to get absorbed by the skin better, while hair might create a barrier that may prevent it. But this barrier also prevents the skin from getting damaged by friction. And while everybody’s body is different, for some women, not shaving brings more benefits than disadvantages:
Women may have more important things to do.
Some women fight against these imposed beauty standards and are trying to show that we all are allowed to not have to hide our natural beauty. They want to prove that they themselves get to make the decisions about their bodies, have their own perception of “femininity,” and feel good about themselves without pressure from society.
Women are tired of dealing with skin irritation.
Although shaving is painless in comparison with other ways of hair removal like waxing, many women still have to deal with unpleasant consequences. Razor burn and razor bumps bring a lot of discomfort and cause a red rash, tenderness, and skin inflammation. And since most women remove their hair pretty often, they have to deal with the side effects of this procedure on a regular basis.
Some women just don’t mind having hair on their bodies.
For many women, having hair on their bodies doesn’t cause any problems in their lives and they may not even notice it. They don’t understand why they should spend their resources to get rid of something that’s natural just to try to please everybody else and forget about their own comfort.
Bonus: How quickly body hair grows back
Everybody is unique and the speed of the hair growth may vary from person to person. Shaving only helps get rid of the hair itself, without damaging the hair follicle, so this process doesn’t interfere with hair growth and you may see the first noticeable hair growing back pretty quickly, like in a day or 2.
Keep in mind that hair on different parts of our bodies has different growing cycles. That’s why you may notice that some parts of your body may get hairy faster than others.
Typical of sub-Saharan Africa, the Aardvark is a nocturnal animal that feeds on termites. It has ears like a rabbit and a tail like a kangaroo’s, although it’s nothing like either of them!
Wombats are Australian animals that are similar to bears and koalas. They are as furry as a teddy bear, but when they’re small, they barely have any hair, which makes them look like adorable little mice.
3. Sphynx cat
This breed of cat is totally striking, as they’re very different from the cats that we are used to seeing. At first glance, they look totally bald, but in reality, they have a very thin, almost imperceptible, coat of beautiful hair.
4. Guinea pig
Guinea pigs are small rodents that usually have a smooth, fluffy coat. But there is also a breed called “skinny,” that was created in 1978. They only have hair on their legs and muzzle, which is ideal for those who love rodents, but are allergic to their hair.
This particular bear is named Dolores, and lives in Leipzig’s zoo, in Germany. Experts believe that she and the other bears that live with her, Bianca and Lolita, lost all their hair due to a poor diet and the climate. The lack of fur makes her look totally unrecognizable.
Baby kangaroos are so cute. At birth they do not have hair since they are prematurely born. They then spend 9 months in their mother’s pouch, until they reach maturity.
Believe it or not, hairless horses do exist. The specimen in the photo is an Akhal-Teke from Turkmenistan. His lack of a coat is due to something called Naked Foal Syndrome (NFS), a genetic alteration that gives him that spectacular look.
A lot of children get sick during cold and flu season.
Shauna Woods is a third-grade teacher in Missouri. During the winter, a lot of kids don’t come to school because they become ill. So Mrs. Woods was trying to think of a way to promote personal hygiene and make her students wash their hands more often, so that fewer children got sick.
She figured out how to get her students to wash their hands.
At the school where she teaches, Shauna Woods has a special stamp with her name on it. She would normally use it to stamp her classroom books. But she realized that this stamp could also be used for another purpose.
One morning, she told her students to wash their hands in the classroom sink. Then she put a stamp on their hands and said that, if the stamp was gone by the end of the day (from washing their hands), they would get a prize.
At first, the students wanted to wash the stamp off as fast as possible to get the prize. But Mrs. Woods explained that the point of the stamp was to serve as a visual reminder to wash your hands several times throughout the day. After that, it became a routine for her students to make sure their hands were clean.
Bonus: How parents encourage kids to wash their hands!
1. You can fix dents on wood.
To remove a dent from your wooden table or any other wooden piece of furniture, you’ll need an iron, a piece of cloth, and water. Spray some water on the dent, cover it with a damp piece of cloth, and iron it. Every minute or so, add more water on the dent, and apply the heat again. Repeat this until you see the dent has been removed.
2. You can remove candle wax.
If you’ve got candle wax stains on your clothes, your carpet, or any fabric, you can remove it with an iron. Simply place the area that has the stain between 2 towels and press it with a warm iron (make sure it’s on a low setting). The wax will stick to the towels, and you’ll be able to get rid of the stains on your clothes. The same trick can be used to remove candle wax from hard surfaces.
3. You can remove chewing gum from your clothes.
Put the area with the chewing gum on a piece of cardboard, so that the side with the gum touches the cardboard. You’ll then have to iron the opposite side of the fabric. The gum will become softer, and it`ll stick to the cardboard, making it easy to detach the rest of it from your clothes. Make sure the temperature is not too high, otherwise the gum will melt and it’ll be hard to remove.
4. You can cook food.
You can use an iron to prepare basically anything you would normally cook on a stove. Just put tinfoil on it, add some butter or oil — and you’ve got a frying pan! Another way to do it is to put food between 2 sheets of foil and then heat it up with an iron. You can even fry bacon that way! For that, you might also need a cutting board and a towel to make sure you don`t damage any surfaces and to remove the grease from the iron.
5. You can remove heat stains from wood.
If you put hot dishes or cups on a wooden table, heat stains might appear. To remove them, first place a towel over the stains. Then iron the area with the steam on.
6. You can remove furniture indentations from carpet.
If you decide to get rid of or move a piece of furniture, you might notice that it left an impression on the carpet. To remove it, take a damp towel and put it over the indentation. Then heat up the towel with a steam iron. From time to time, lift the towel up and fluff the carpet fibers. Repeat a few times until you see the desired results.
7. You can preserve flowers.
It usually takes a few weeks for flowers to become dry enough to preserve them in a book. With an iron, it’ll only take a few minutes. Put the flower between 2 pieces of paper and flatten it with something heavy. With the iron on a low setting, press it on the upper piece of paper for 15 seconds. Then let the paper cool off for 15 seconds and repeat the process until the flower is dry.
8. You can laminate your paperwork.
You don’t have to buy a laminating machine to laminate your documents. Just put a piece of paper between 2 laminate plastic sheets, place a piece of cloth on top, and iron it. Make sure the temperature is not too high and that there isn’t any water in the iron.
1. One-time use cosmetics
How many tubes are there in your cosmetic bag that have only been used once? Crimson eye shadows, black lipstick, purple glitter, etc... Though they seem bright and attractive when you’re buying them, in reality, they can hardly be used in everyday life.
Before making another purchase for your cosmetic bag, ask yourself, “Will I be using this item at least twice a week?” As surprising as it might sound, buying expensive and well-thought-out cosmetic items can help save your budget. While the habit of grabbing whatever you see, even if it’s cheap, drains your wallet.
2. Expensive toys for pets
Unfortunately, the following law also applies to our cute pets. In most cases, the more expensive the toy is, the less interest it causes in your pet.
Your cat will likely ignore a strange ball construction and get frightened at a radio-controlled mouse, but will get excited at a crumpled sheet of paper or a normal bottle cap. Your dog will gladly gnaw on any new toy, but will take care of the old stuffed rabbit they’ve been used to sleeping with since puppyhood.
If you want to make your pet really happy, simply pay more attention to them.
3. Sporting equipment
Are you determined to work out on a regular basis? Don’t rush to buy super-fashionable sports equipment for cardio. Practice shows that, in most cases, it will just gather dust on the balcony or in the bedroom, and become a new way to torture yourself. If you want to test your enthusiasm, sign up for a gym for one month.
Are you someone who doesn’t want to leave home to work out? That’s not an issue — get yourself an elastic strap for Pilates or dumbbells: they hardly take up any space. As for cardio exercise, fitness followers have developed many routines that don’t require any equipment, and where fat is burned no less actively.
4. Ill-conceived interior elements
When you find yourself in a hardware store, you are always tempted to buy that cute shelf, an armchair, or those cute curtains. Take a deep breath and stop yourself from doing it. When you return home, it’s likely that you’ll suddenly realize that there is no space for that shelf, that those curtains don’t match the walls and don’t let light in, while the armchair doesn’t fit in the necessary corner.
Before buying a new interior item, get a measuring tape and measure the place the new item is supposed to be placed in. Then think about why you need this thing, what functions it will perform, and if it will make your life more comfortable. If not, why waste money on an item that will just end up in your country house?
5. Purchases during vacation
“I probably had a sunstroke” — that’s what we think when unpacking our suitcases. An umbrella in a toxic green color, an outlandish hat with torn feathers, a bunch of trinkets that are already falling apart — there are so many unnecessary things that we bring back from vacation. It’s hard to believe that they will ever “pay off” the money spent on them.
Are you the one who can’t imagine a trip without shopping? Read recommendations on what things are worth buying in the country you are heading to and make a list of the things you really want to purchase. Even if a leather wallet costs almost as much as a dinner in a restaurant with 3 Michelin stars, it will serve you for many years. While an impulsively bought jar of curry in hopes of future culinary achievements will ingloriously die in the depths of the kitchen cabinet.
6. A huge set for a new hobby
Have you decided to start a new hobby, maybe knitting or panting? That’s a perfect idea. The only thing you should keep in mind is to not buy half of the shop, hoping to encourage your enthusiasm. There is always a chance that you’ll lose it, having realized that it’s not your cup of tea. Moreover, sometimes too many choices confuse us and we don’t know how to finish the first stage of the hobby when the second one seems so much more interesting.
Start with small things: paper, pencils, and watercolor for arts, a crochet hook and several skeins of thread for knitting. The times of deficit are over and the things you need can be bought at any moment. Don’t become a hamster who stores everything in the depths of some junk drawer.
7. Stuffed toys
It’s not just kids who get excited about stuffed toys. And each of us can probably admit that we only had 1-2 toys that we liked and have warm memories about. The rest of the stuffed animals just gathered dust — they became uninteresting several days after the purchase and we felt pity when trying to throw them away.
If your house lacks warmth, get yourself a couple of soft pillows and blankets: they will make you feel comfortable both mentally and physically. Moreover, getting rid of them won’t cause heavy and sad emotions in you.
8. Outside sports equipment
It is extremely unprofitable to buy a bicycle or roller skates to only use them a couple of times a year. There are many rental options for a variety of sports equipment (from a classic bike to a Segway) in modern parks. It will be much cheaper than buying an item that will only be taking up space in your home.
It’s a totally different thing if you ride a bike or a scooter to get to work. In this case, this is the perfect way to save money by not spending it on public transportation, as well as bring more activity to your life.
9. Electronic accessories
With the modern development of technology, gadgets are being constantly updated, as well as additions to them. That’s why a freshly bought Walkman soon ended up lying on the shelf, because you started to listen to music on your phone. You no longer need a wireless keyboard, because when sitting with it on the couch, you won’t be able to see the screen anyway.
Before following your temptation, ask yourself, “Do I really need this gadget?” Oftentimes our old items haven’t broken yet and perform all the necessary functions perfectly. Is a heated USB cup holder really necessary after all?
12. Canned foods
The first thing that you need to know is that there are around 6 kinds of face shapes. It is really important to know which is yours, so you can bring harmony to your look. First, figure out your face shape, and then check what kind of eyebrow looks best with it.
1. Oval face
First, let’s look into the features that an oval-shaped face has. The forehead is wider than the chin, the cheekbones are prominent, and the chin is narrow.
If this is your face type, the perfect eyebrow shape for you is the soft angled shape. That means it goes straight up, then gently curves at the top and goes down. It is important that you don’t have an arch that is too high, otherwise your face won’t look symmetrical.
2. Round face
The round-shaped face is known for being almost as wide as it is long and for having a wide cheek area.
If this is your face structure, you should go for an arched eyebrow. From the start of the eyebrow, go up until the middle of it, and then down. The lines that the brows create help make your face appear longer.
Since the goal is to make your face look less round, you should avoid an eyebrow that is too round or flat.
3. Oblong face
People that have an oblong face have a forehead, cheekbones, and a jawline that are about the same width, and a narrow chin.
If this is your type of face, the best eyebrow shape for you is a flat shape. The straight horizontal lines help make your face appear shorter, therefore balancing it. To achieve this look, try to make the bottom of your eyebrow as straight as possible, respecting its original shape, always.
If you go for an angled eyebrow, the straight lines going up will make your face look longer than it is, instead of balancing it. Try to avoid this shape.
4. Square face
For those with a square-shaped face, the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are all about the same width. The squared jawline is the most present and obvious feature that this kind of face presents.
If you have a square face shape, it is recommended to go for a curved brow shape to soften the square jaw, that is your strongest feature. To achieve that, follow your eyebrow’s natural shape, draw in the arch but don’t draw it too strong or too high.
If you go for an arched eyebrow, it will only make your features look more defined and strong, and that is the contrary to what we are going for.
5. Heart-shaped face
This type of face is really similar to an oval one, the biggest difference is that people with heart-shaped faces have a pointed chin.
If you can relate to these features, the best eyebrow shape for you is a curved one. It creates a natural look that is soft and feminine. The curved eyebrow is simple to do, just follow your eyebrow’s natural shape and draw a soft arch. The lines should not be super strong, since we are trying to achieve a delicate look.
Avoid a super straight eyebrow, since it does not balance your pointed chin.
6. Diamond-shaped face
This type of face structure is not as common as the others. The face is highly angular and the forehead is short, while the face is widest at the temples.
If you are one of the people that has this kind of face, go for a curved brow. It is going to help soften your angles and give the impression that your face is symmetrical. To do a curved brow, just follow your natural eyebrow’s shape and make the lines as soft as possible.
You can have an arched brow, but avoid a strong one. Since your features are already really pronounced, you should try to balance them.
1. If you have very thin legs
Many women dream of having thin legs, but sometimes we still need to balance the upper and lower body. So, here are some tips that you can use if you want to show your legs:
2. If you have sharp knees or legs that are too pale or scarred
There are some details that it’s better to hide because they can distract a lot from our overall look. For example, sharp knees, very pale legs, and scars. Stockings could be a solution, but in the hot summer, they are not really an option. Instead, you can try these tips:
3. If you want to make your legs look longer
Yes, of course, heels are the best solution if you want to look taller, but it may be tiring and sometimes not even practical to wear them every day. Here are some options that may help you without using heels.
4. If you have heavy calves and ankles
Heavy calves and ankles are not a problem if you know how to dress and know which things to avoid:
5. If you have bowed legs
Bowed legs can be minimized by using the right colors and shapes:
Bonus: Tips for all kinds of legs
Plain colors are a good solution for everyone. They give the illusion of height. If you want to cover any unwanted details, don’t wear prints. For example, polka dots can even make your legs look thicker.
1. You wear tight and sleek hairstyles too often.
While going with a chic ponytail may seem like a good way to hide your greasy hair, it’s actually the other way around. Your hair may look neat but this hairstyle causes your sebum to accumulate under your hair and its roots. Sleek hairstyles require a lot of styling products that smooth and weigh down your hair, making it get oilier quicker.
What to do: Don’t overdo it with styling products and hairstyles that require a lot of brushing and touching your hair.
2. You don’t rinse your hair with cold water.
Hot water is great for opening up the pores and hair cuticles and removing the dirt, but it may be damaging to your hair. It washes off sebum and may dry your scalp too much, causing dandruff and excessive oil production.
What to do: It’s better to choose warm water when it comes to shampooing and conditioning, and rinse your hair with cold water after you’re done washing it to close the hair cuticle.
3. You choose the wrong hair care products.
Experts advise to be careful with the products that are labeled as “intensive” because they may overweight your hair making them flat. They may cover the hair in a thin protective layer that makes your hair look more greasy if you have thin hair or an oily scalp
What to do: Experts advise avoiding products that are designed for dry or damaged hair. They usually cover the hair in a thin protective layer that makes your hair look more greasy if you have thin hair or an oily scalp.
It’s also a good idea to use a deep cleanser, a couple of times a month, to clean your scalp from the build-up of sebum and cosmetic products and to help your hair stay fresher longer. You can also try some natural remedies like applying coconut oil to nourish your hair, but decrease its oiliness at the same time.
4. You brush and touch your hair too often.
When you touch your hair, you transfer oils and bacteria from your hands to your hair that end up making your hair look more greasy. Brushing your hair too often also does more harm than good. Constant brushing makes sebum spread throughout your hair and makes it look less voluminous and fresh.
What to do: Make a habit of not touching your hair with your hands, especially subconsciously when you’re nervous or during a conversation. Don’t overbrush your hair: experts suggest that 2 times a day may be enough for people who don’t have very curly or textured hair, and always do it with a clean brush.
5. You’re too stressed.
Stress makes your body produce more cortisol. This hormone triggers your skin to produce more sebum and, as a result, it looks and feels more oily. Stress may also be one of the reasons for dandruff that may lead to a greasy scalp as well.
What to do: You can’t do much about it unless you change your lifestyle and try to manage your stress. Using special hair products will help battle dandruff and will make your scalp feel more comfortable while you’re dealing with difficult life situations.
6. You wash your hair too often.
Although it may sound a bit absurd, the more you wash your hair, the greasier it may become. A hair biologist shares that billions of good bacteria that promote the healthy pH of our skin, live on our scalp. And when we wash our hair too often, we may upset this delicate balance and cause sebum glands to produce more oil, especially if we use the wrong hair care products.
What to do: Try to gradually decrease the number of times you wash your hair and use shampoos that don’t over dry the scalp. Experts advise paying attention to the area you live in and the hair problems you have. For example, city dwellers are more likely to have to wash their hair more often than people who live in rural areas because of the residue that ends up on their hair.
7. It’s just the way your body works.
Some hair types are just more prone to getting oily quicker than the others. For example, people with straight hair are more likely to suffer from greasiness than people who have textured or wavy hair. It happens because sebum slides down the hair and is more visible at the roots of the hair.
Keep in mind that some health problems, like hormonal imbalances and seborrheic dermatitis, may cause excessive sebum production.
What to do: Make sure to go to the doctor if something is bothering you or if you notice any unusual changes in the way your hair looks.
It’s just impolite.
Most airplanes don’t allow their passengers to have much private space. That’s why it’s important to respect each other’s comfort and not spoil the experience of the trip. Even though airliners have no public policy that prohibits removing your shoes during a flight, the view of your naked feet can make other passengers feel disgusted and disrespected.
The flight can make it harder for you to put your shoes back on.
During the flight our body can change under the pressure it experiences. This means that our ears can pop, we can taste food differently, and our hands and feet might swell. So, if you remove your shoes before take-off, you might experience difficulties after you land.
It is extremely unhygienic.
Some passengers don’t even bother wearing their shoes when visiting the toilet. A plane’s restroom might seem nice and clean, but in reality you never know what previous visitors did in there before you entered. For the sake of hygienic reasons, it’s better to have your shoes on while visiting the restroom. Also, some flight attendants even confess that they feel annoyed when they see passengers entering this place barefoot.
It might create problems if there’s an emergency.
If any emergency happens, during the panic, any little thing can make it hard to evacuate. If a lot of people remove their shoes, they might end up scattered all over the ground. This debris not only gets in the way of other passengers making their way to safety, but also make it hard to move for those who removed them in the first place.
A possible solution
It can happen that you are just too tired after your travel and after hanging out in the airport for half a day. When you finally get on the plane, you might want to free your feet from your uncomfortable shoes and let them relax a bit. You can do this, but just keep your socks on. Though, as soon as you feel that they’ve relaxed a bit, it’s better to put your shoes back on.