Not only did I not find myself any less attractive, my confidence skyrocketed and I felt free from the bondage of shaving, especially for the sake of someone else or because society told me to. I'm not sure where I got the notion that I'd smell or look dirty if I stopped shaving, but coincidentally, I also quit wearing deodorant around the same time. I'm pleased to report that I do not stink and I look just as clean and kept up as I did when was shaving.
It's no one’s fault in particular that we're taught to shave; society deems perfectly hairless bodies as beautiful, and we all want to be seen as beautiful, right?
There's a tradition of mothers teaching their daughters to shave, or teenage friends passing the knowledge to each other. But while this may be the norm now, it's even more important that we teach our daughters that their bodies are perfect just the way they are, hair and all.
It's difficult enough with countless advertisements telling women what is supposedly beautiful and how they should look. Young women need to know that they have a choice about whether to shave or not. And young men need to be taught that the true beauty and worth of a woman isn't based on whether or not she has hair under her arms.
So. Are you ready to say goodbye to your razor?
My advice is to start small. Begin by not shaving your legs for a while — you might be pleasantly surprised at how little hair women actually grow on their legs if its left alone. If you like the way it feels physically and mentally, stop shaving another part of your body. Let it build.
And always remember that the one opinion that matters regarding your natural hair growth is your own. This is your body; own it!