When the old year is coming to a close and the new year is starting, we often put our best foot forward and say that the new year is going to be better than the old year. For many people, it might mean losing weight or perhaps spending more time meditating. For one young woman and for many whom she is inspiring, however, January means that they are going to grow out their body hair nonstop during that first month of the year.
At this point, you are probably pondering your own choice of New Year’s resolution and wondering if you actually reached high enough. After all, with the goal of growing your body hair placed before you, there may be a change in order. The movement is called Januhairy and it is relatively new. It was started by a young UK student named Laura who was taking part in a drama project at college and stopped shaving her hair. She posted on Instagram and said that she learned a lot about body hair taboos. She also learned a lot about her own feelings against the practice and she embraced it.
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Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about… I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy 🌵 #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe
After she did it for a while, she felt empowered and decided to keep going for the entire month. She also started encouraging other women to join in, including her mother. When it hit the internet, there was no shortage of opinions on the subject. Many people loved it and decided to try but others were not all that jazzed with the possibilities.
If there is one thing we know, it is the fact that the Januhairy project is taking off this year. It hopes to raise funds for the Body Gossip charity. That charity promotes and educates on body acceptance.
She wants women to be comfortable with their bodies, regardless of whether they are clean shaven or not.