I used to be extremely self-conscious about body hair. I have dark features so I got teased for having dark baby hairs on my arms, face and belly. I was told that I looked like a man. These comments got to my head and I got a little OTT with hair removal.
I would wax, shave, laser, bleach and pluck until I looked like the unrealistic expectation that others had set for me. I hate looking back at pictures of me with pencil thin eyebrows. I dread to think what laser did under the surface of my skin. I would hate for men to experience waxing downtown – if I wouldn’t wish it upon them, why did I do it?
Today, I have the benefit of being older and not giving a fuck. Zero waste helped me cull the last of the grooming products and accept my natural self. I now know that all those comments were coming from people deflecting their own insecurities. They even teased me for my big brown eyes and petite figure, ha!
This is my zero waste approach to grooming: Pluck, Shave, Trim & the occasional Wax . And you know what? They’re all optional. I have a totally different perception of beauty now. I think full eyebrows and possum pits are hot. I think soft dark arm hair is completely normal. I think baby hairs glistening over tanned skin is sparkly and gorgeous. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if someone doesn’t have an eye for me, then that’s ok!
In the words of @rupaulofficial: “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here!?”