While some social mores seem to come and go, others become longer lasting trends. The current Yeti phase of male facial hair is likely to become the next decade’s WTF moment when viewing today’s crop of Rutherford B. Hayes wannabes. After all, looking back at the 1970s, the advent of polyester made for some pretty horrific clothing choices that seemed somehow reasonable at the time.
What about women and pubic hair? There seems to be changing thoughts on whether a woman should go full Brazilian, or naked Barbie doll, if you prefer. A trend piece in the New York Times in 2014 by Marisa Meltzer told of declining demand for pubic waxing. It talked of celebrities from Lady Gaga to Gwyneth Paltrow who had opted for a shaggier pubic realm.
What about now? No less an authority than the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) wanted to find out what’s going on down there, so they conducted a study that was released in October 2016. The findings? A majority of women are opting to go full Barbie doll with 62 percent opting for complete removal of their pubic hair.
To bare or not to bare, that is the question
The JAMA study involved a big sample, 3,316 women and was published in JAMA Dermatology last year. In it, 84 percent of women reported engaging in some form of pubic hair removal: scissors, razor, waxing, tweezing, depilatory creams, electrolysis, or laser. Of course, those hair removal practices run quite a spectrum.
More telling is the 62 percent who went fully pubic bald. Even that has a little movement, though. That 62 percent of women didn’t necessarily say they “prefer to go bare,” but rather that they had at one time or another removed all of their hair down there. Nearly 35 percent of the women surveyed had removed all their public hair five or fewer times, meaning they’ve tried it but decided to return to natural furriness. Around 21 percent of the study participants said they’ve gone for pubic baldness 11 times or more. This group would probably opt to go Brazilian for life.
Why the hair hatred?
An interesting part of the JAMA study was the whys of hair removal. Fifty-nine percent of women said they groomed their pubic hair for hygienic purposes. But in reality, shaving or using nasty depilatory creams down there is anything but easy, or necessarily hygienic.
If you would rather dare to bare down there, a trip to Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal would be a better way to spend your time. Not only is laser hair removal permanent, but it’s far more comfortable than other options. Plus, our wide variety of lasers guarantees you the best options. Call us at 212-750-2000 to schedule your complimentary consultation, and then join the JAMA statistics!