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#Januhairy Has Women Across the Globe Ditching Their Razors

Long hair don’t care!

Body hair – it’s something that we all have but for some reason, women have been removing theirs for eons. This was no doubt to pander to the sexual desires of men, most of whom prefer their ladies to be smooth (typical).

While loads of women still remove their pubic, armpit and leg hair using the various hair-removal options available today, a lot of others feel that they shouldn’t have to in order to be considered beautiful – and thus, #Januhairy was born.

Hairy Situation

Laura Jackson is the student behind this month-long trend, which is about encouraging women to ditch their razors and let their body hair grow out during the first month of the year. Why? Much like Movember, during which men grow moustaches to raise awareness about testicular cancer, it’s about spreading a message; and that message is that hairy body parts and beauty are *not* mutually exclusive.

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✨HAPPY JANUHAIRY DEAR FRIENDS! ✨ Laura Jackson, founder of the @janu_hairy initiative explains how to get involved here: It is evident that body image has a large impact on all of us, this is especially challenging in school environments. We are taught how to do many things at school, all to benefit our futures, we are molded into what we believe we should become, rather than accepting ourselves for who we are first, and this starts with our bodies. Nevertheless, it’s not just young minds who need to hear these messages; Women of all ages. Every woman goes through peaks and troughs dealing with their own insecurities. Januhairy, is a chance to challenge yourself; seek discomfort yet discover the comfort in it. If you would like to get involved and experiment with growing out your body hair for Januhairy, then please get in touch so your name can be a part of this experience! Get friends and/or family involved, or just try it out yourself! If you are already a hairy gal, then maybe you can get friends to sponsor you for shaving it all off, then re-start the growing process in Januhairy! If you would rather just get involved in supporting the charity, then sponsor a friend or stranger who is doing Januhairy! The link to the crowd funder is below: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bodygossip #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #hairywomen #womanpower #selflove #feminine

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Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about… I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy 🌵 #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe

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Despite the fact that even celebs, including the likes of Julia Roberts, Miley Cyrus and Madonna have all been spotted sporting armpit hair at some point in their careers, this is still something that society views as ‘abnormal’. It’s this narrow-minded view that Laura is trying to change. Not only is she encouraging people to participate in #Januhairy but to also post pictures of their growth online to show that they are not ashamed. And people are participating in their droves.

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eeeeek i’ve just learnt about januhairy!! it’s always so exciting for me to see new waves of this movement of body nonconformity. it’s gaining a lot of attention from the media which is EXACTLY what is needed. people need to be reminded over and over that what women choose to do with their bodies is THEIR OWN DAMN CHOICE. people need to see women who do not care to change themselves to fit our society’s bullshit beauty standards until seeing that becomes the norm. that is the only way we can change the standards . shave or don’t, i don’t care or judge you either way, it’s your choice! but i do encourage all women to think about the changes they make to their bodies and think about why they do it. who they do it for . personally, there are so many reasons i don’t shave my armpits and very few reasons why i would. but one of my biggest motivators not to is knowing that by not shaving i am actively choosing not to give money to companies, and the people who run them, that think that women’s bodies aren’t good enough the way they naturally are . so, go follow @janu_hairy !! put something different on your insta feed – if you’re unsure about stopping shaving, it may help shift your perspective to see the beauty in it.

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After Laura herself experienced criticism (and, no doubt, some disgusted side-eyes) when she hadn’t groomed her body hair for a while, she realised that we still have a long way to go when it comes to normalising women in their most natural state. Not shaving isn’t an indication that someone is dirty, lazy or unfeminine and this archaic notion needs to change. In fact, we might just join the movement too.

Check you in February, razor!

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