So much hair shaming is in the air these days. The shaming of the moment? Colored armpit hair. Who knew such a little bit o' hair would cause so much commotion?
Roxie, the hair genius behind How To Hair Girl, explains the deal. It seems that when she posted some photos she and a friend took of themselves with pastel armpit hair , it caught the attention of bigger media folks. And by bigger media folks, we mean the two of the biggest ladies in media: Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
Let's just say Kathie Lee and Hoda did not approve. "Why would one want to celebrate [armpit hair]?" said Gifford. "That's really freaky," said Kotb, looking grossed out.
Hearing their judgmental reactions made ME grossed out.
Another pit hair proponent, Anna Biotics, AKA instagrammer@ladypithair, says it's been a thing for a while now. In an interview with Refinery29, she said that she and her friends did it about a year ago. "We had some bleach and some purple dye, and we just went for it."
"Why not? It's definitely part of an alternative culture that's doing something different, but most people just do it for fun because they can." It's sounds like these ladies were just hanging out and having a good time!
So, ignore the ignorant. You do you. If you want pastel armpit hair, Coven salutes you. You want to shave it all off, go for it. It's your choice, and there's never any shame in feeling good about yourself.
Roxie agrees so hard that she has started a movement: Free Your Pits #freeyourpits, to get the conversation going. In the manifesto, she writes: "We aim to steer this standard towards a celebration and acceptance of our unique differences and away from the existing cage that restricts us and causes us to wrongfully judge each other. Today we ask you to join us in this effort by being true to yourself, whatever that might mean. Whether you shave or not, women should be allowed to make decisions about their bodies without judgement from others. And, women making these decisions about their bodies should not be something exploited by the media. What we need is encouragement, not judgment."
Sing it, sister.
P.S. You can come see Miss Roxie do her thing right here at Coven Salon! She is teaching a DIY braiding class for friends of the salon on Saturday December 13th at 5pm. There are a few spots left, so let us know if you want to come. It's free! (Just like your pits!)