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.
Skip navigation! Story from The Latest. It had its heyday in the '60s and '70s, but natural female pubic hair has since fallen out of favor. So much so that, apparently, there are now sexually-active hetero men who say they've never seen it. To celebrate the neglected bush, artist Marilyn Minter spent six months photographing it, asking "all kinds of women, [with] different hair colors, different textures, different skin colors" to grow out their natural hair down there and bare it for her camera. The photographs Minter took are collected in her first book, Plush. I suspect the no-fur trend might be a fashion, so I wanted to remind younger generations that fashion is fleeting, but laser is forever. Do whatever you want — just don't laser! The 70 full-color images in Plush , released in a limited run by Fulton Ryder Press to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, make an eloquent visual argument against lasering — and maybe even against shaving.
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In an informal poll of WH staffers, 58 percent say they do that, too. Another interesting tidbit from the survey: The researchers also found that about 60 percent of respondents prefer to go totally bare down there, and more than half of them say they do so for hygiene reasons. But we suspect there's a larger cultural influence at play, too. Experts have said that our obsession with youth contributes to the pressure women feel to stay smooth. Sadly, body hair on women often invites ridicule for being unfeminine or unkempt. But if you're worried about your doc's judgment, let that ish go: Gynos don't give a hoot what your hoo-ha looks like. In fact, pubic hair provides protection from bacteria and abrasion, so some medical pros are probably happy to see it. The bottom line: To each her own, but if you are going to groom your genitals, do it smartly and safely with these expert-approved hair removal tips. Type keyword s to search.
A Hollywood wax is not recommended for a wax virgin as it involves removing all the pubic hair around the pubis and anal area to leave behind a completely blank canvas. The treatment was first offered in a New York salon set up by seven Brazilian sisters in the early s. Some women love the way having no hair down there feels and say that it increases sensitivity and can make oral sex feel better. The widely popular Brazilian wax is similar to a Hollywood, but with a little bit of hair left at the front of the pubic mound. Pubic hair is waxed into a thin strip or small triangle and removed from two to three finger-widths above the vulva. Hair from the peri-anal area and labia is also removed. This is a good option if you want something in the middle, as it keeps some of your natural hair but maintains the order. There are lots of names for this one and depending on where in the world you are and the salon that you go to, it could also be called a Bikini XX, French Wax or a landing strip. Whatever you call it, a landing strip style is where the pubic hair is waxed to the same width as your natural fold or slightly thinner — it can resemble a Brazilian, but the main difference is that the labia and hair along the bum crack remain untouched.