Nobody likes to be told their natural body parts are ugly and dirty when that’s absolutely not true. So many feel happier when they let their armpit hair grow.
The 21st century sees a lot of women starting to question the norm of shaving and if that’s truly necessary. So many of them started off by ditching the razor and living with it. Others decided to be less zealous about it and only shave when they want to.
And these are stories of those who’ve decided not to use the blade on their body and let them free.
“Razors are too expensive. It’s just not worth it.” – notronbro
“I’m pale with dark hair, and I don’t shave anything. I stopped shaving my legs and pubes nearly three years ago. I stopped with my armpits last summer. It has been such a non-issue; I’ve had serious boyfriends, one night stands, and things in between. I’ve gone to beaches and worn bikinis. My friends don’t care, my partners don’t care – I’ve only gotten a few questions, and none in an accusatory or confrontational manner.” – boxersshorts
“I’m horribly prone to ingrown hairs, and have a nice scar in my armpit where one turned into an abscess. That was fun. So these days I’ll leave it until it’s long enough to be annoying and then just trim it down. Leg hair is sufficiently fine that I don’t bother with it at all.” – MuchWittering
“Laziness plain and simple. Shaving is a pain in the **s. The only thing I consistently do anymore is my armpits cause I sweat a lot and it would irritate me.” – Restingbface91
“My skin is super sensitive. I literally do not understand how anyone shaves and doesn’t want to rip their skin off because it’s so painful and itchy.” – dipdopdoop
“The main reason has always been I just don’t want to. I never understood the problem with hair. I’ve come to the realization somewhat recently that not shaving has helped me gain a little confidence regarding my body and appearance because I was finally doing what I wanted, no external motivators. I do still experience some anxiety about my hair being visible in public, even after years of not shaving, but it’s lessened over the years, and it continues to lessen. I want to get to the point of where that anxiety isn’t there at all.” – ayuxx
“I don’t shave my legs at all — my leg hair is older than my marriage, at this point — and only shave my pits ‘when I feel like it’, which is usually when it gets long enough to braid. As for the bits, I’ll treat myself to a wax three or four times a year, but otherwise let it grow. My husband switched over from neutral to actually attracted to it.“ – turkproof
“I realised I was only doing it because I felt self-conscious if I didn’t. I got no actual enjoyment from it myself, didn’t particularly like how it looked, I dislike the “fresh shave” feel on my legs and I don’t enjoy spending money on supplies for it, or dealing with ankle cuts.” – UristMcD
“I stopped shaving (everything) last September. It was something I had considered for a while, but I thought I would have to justify it to people on a regular basis. So I prepared myself mentally and finally tossed my razor, only to find that nobody gives a f**k.” – Nikx
“I have virtually no leg hair, so I don’t bother unless it’s beach time. Armpit hair. I just don’t dare and it’s not that thick.” – babyreadsalot
“I like the aesthetic of it, actually. I always thought armpit hair on girls was super cute, and then I was like oh yeah I could just do that. Used to compulsively shave everything, now I just shave my legs and trim my pubic hair. It’s also helped me feel a lot more confidence and agency over my body.” – fathomsdown
“I go back and forth — I shave when I want to, but that’s certainly not all the time. It just feels so damn high maintenance. If I wanted to keep smooth legs, I’d have to shave every single day, and that’s just more work than I’d want to put in. I have dark, coarse, fast growing hair, which is great on my hair, but annoying on my legs.” – localgyro
“Skin irritation, mainly. Also, the things I am doing when I am not shaving are mainly things I enjoy better than the act of shaving, so the extra time is a bonus.” – anytime_yog
“I don’t shave because I don’t mind having hair on my body. I don’t have a problem with it personally, so don’t feel any compulsion to erase it. My hair isn’t uncomfortable so there’s little practical incentive to do it. I don’t shave because I am prone to in-grown hairs that can be quite irritating and painful.” – nootqueen
“I only do my armpits because it’s quick the hair will smell if I go a while without doing it. With anything else, it takes too much time and work for something that grows back and that I don’t care about. It has also made my skin irritated and itchy when I’ve shaved pubic hair and I never liked that the few times I’ve tried it. I don’t find the hair uncomfortable, it just feels normal.” – tc88
“As a joke I grew out my armpit hair about a year and a half ago. It started because I told my husband that my armpits, grown out, were manlier than his. After having fuzzy pits for a few months, I went ahead and shaved. After seeing my pits bald again, my husband said it looked odd to him now and he preferred the way they looked with hair, and that they felt nicer when fuzzy.” – Mother_Of_Odin