Let’s face it, when it comes to talking about unwanted hair, legs are an area that is talked about quite freely, but sometimes it can be seen as taboo to talk about more private parts of our body, like the armpits. With recent strides being made in favour of gender equality, especially in fashion, workplace politics and social media campaigns, it’s no wonder that movements such as #freethenipple and #dyedpits have been trending across the globe.
However, armpit hair is still a feature that many women would rather not embrace. As much of a feminist as a woman may be, it is difficult to appreciate armpit hair. Let’s take a look at the science behind why armpit hair grows, some changing attitudes towards it, and some great hair removal options for those who prefer the hairless armpit look.
The Science behind It
Why do we have armpit hair in the first place? If you search for that answer on the Internet, you may find a number of factors that have played influence over time. Amongst other theories, studies show that over time, armpit hair helps reduce the friction between our arms and bodies, and also helps with temperature regulation. As time went on however, and fashions developed, sporting a smooth underarm became a trend associated with femininity and athleticism, never mind temperature regulation!
Sensitivity and Solutions
The underarms can be a sensitive area, which is why we should take a bit more care when choosing how to remove hair from this area. Shaving is the most common form of hair removal for the armpits. However, if you intend to have hair-free armpits, all day, every day, then shaving mightn’t be the first option for you. Shaving only cuts across the hair, giving short-term results of up to two days. Unfortunately, this repeated use of a razor could cause irritation and cuts on the skin.
Another short-term solution you could consider are depilatory creams. Veet Silk & Fresh Hair Removal Cream is suitable for sensitive skin, and has a curves applicator, perfect for your pits. However, it is still advised that you do a patch test in case of sensitivity. By dissolving the protein in the hair just below the surface of the skin, you are able to wash or wipe away the residue and hair easily. Although results may be short-term, they last longer than shaving.
Waxing is a form of epilation, which removes hair from the root. Pulling out the hair entirely means that you can have smooth underarms for up to four weeks at a time. One great option for underarms is Veet Sensitive Touch Trimmer, which comes with special heads designed to tackle the curvy contours of your underarms. It tackles even the really short hair without nicking or injuring your skin in any way. It is great for last minute armpit hair removal, and even better for touch ups!
Love your pits!
While attitudes are always changing when it comes to beauty and fashion trends, so too is the range of hair removal products we can choose from. Whether you grow it, dye it, or go for the smooth and silky look, the main thing you need to do is to love you and your body. No matter what you do, love your pits…