No more ingrowns, better body confidence, and other full-bush health benefits. For years, the trendiest pubic hair style was a trimmed or bald bush. But we've noticed a recent uptick in the number of women who've tossed out their razors and waxing kits in favor of letting things go au natural down below. Anecdotally speaking, lady lawns seem to be coming back into style—and it might be because more women are discovering the surprising health benefits.
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A nationally representative study out of the University of California, San Francisco found that nearly 84 percent of the 3, women surveyed had groomed their pubic hair, and 62 percent had removed it all at least once. Shaving with a nonelectric razor was the most popular method of grooming, followed by trimming with scissors and shaving with an electric razor. Even the current natural-is-beautiful, pro-body-hair movement is a cultural product and one that tends to focus on the hair of cis white women , at that. Women and femmes are far from a monolith, however. Beauty standards interact with gender identity, race, sexuality, relationships, and, yes, simple convenience to influence how we approach our pubes. And while ultimately we may not be able to separate our bush-care choices from beauty ideals, we can stop attaching moral judgments to pubic hair. Ahead, NSFW portraits and uncensored thoughts on the hair down there. And so I kind of just woke up one day and So then I was [like], OK, so then, if I can apply this to my body hair on my legs, what about my bush?
With puberty comes pubic hair—possibly the most shocking part of puberty besides getting your period. Why is it that color? Your first question is probably, Why do we even have pubic hair in the first place? It seems kind of pointless—especially considering the fact that so many women remove it. It also acts as a barrier between the sensitive skin down there and friction-causing activities—use your imagination with that one, kids. Become friends, learn to live with one another, and you should have no issues with your pubes. Yes and no. She explains,. But having too much or too little pubic hair can point to health issues.
Beauty standards about pubic hair have come a long way in the last few years. Once viewed as taboo, having anything other than a Brazilian is finally losing its stigma. To wit: Just last month, a razor brand debuted ads that actually show female body hair in them, a first for the industry. Its normalization is in no small part helped by the celebrities who aren't afraid to open up about their grooming habits in interviews and on social media. Shave, wax, trim, do nothing —the point is, the choice is yours. Below, 10 famous women get real about their decision to keep it all. Real beauty goes beyond the surface—and so do we. Sign up for our newsletter to get honest reviews, personal essays, and more every day. Of course Amber Rose is on this list.