Many women all over the world celebrate their body hair, and to them, I say “more power to ya!” Many women look at the layer of mane that lives on their legs, pits and private regions is signs of beauty, freedom and naturalness, however, there are many other women (including myself) that fail to see its beauty. As proud as I am to be the product of Indian, Spanish and black decent, the result has been extreme hairiness – hairiness so hairy that it curls and deters me from wearing flirty dresses and spaghetti strapped tops. So I remove them, because curly leg hair is annoying and I really love wearing those flirty dresses. However, the typical methods of body hair removal isn’t exactly the Greenest.
Waxes, creams and bleaches use chemical formulas that can cause ill health and pollute the environment, disposable razors aren’t usually recyclable and lasers can disturb the internal balance. Nevertheless, there are greener options out there for all my fellow hair removing ladies, below are just a few…….
A Green Girl’s Guide to Getting Rid of Body Hair:
Sugaring: Sugaring is the process of removing the hair from the legs, pits and privates with a warm paste of melted sugar, water and lemon juice. Meant to be a alternative to wax, sugaring rips the hair from its roots, leaving behind smooth and touchable skin. The body will stay hair free for up to 6 weeks. Check out this video tutorial to get started.
- Threading: Threading is the ancient middle eastern art of hair removal. The process involves the twisting of cotton threads onto the hair follicles to remove it from the roots. While this practice is typically done to remove hair on the face, threading can be used to de-hair any part of the body. The only instrument used in this method is the thread that can be reused. It is recommended that you visit a day spa to have your body professionally threaded, however, I found a quick video tutorial if you want to try it yourself.
- Recyclable disposables: Every year, billions of disposable razors are thrown into the landfills – they aren’t typically recyclable because the metal blade poses extreme risk. However, there are companies that allows you to recycle your old disposables back to them. Preserve makes disposable razors with the use of recycled plastic and accepts them back to be recycled again.
- Reusable razors: Instead of using wasteful disposables, use reusable razors such as bamboo handle straight razors or stainless steel that can last through years of use.
- Hand crank and Solar: Electric razors depend on energy to work, however, you can use solar powered or hand cranked razors to achieve the same hair-free results.