Don't you just hate the word normal? A word that sometimes suggests anything else is not right. Well, when it comes to body hair I've seen it all, and today I'm going to be talking about what's considered normal, what the average women has (from my experience) and what can be done about it. I might even use examples from myself just to prove a point. I must be mad! So, in an attempt to help anyone who's unsure about their body hair I shall now discuss the 'norm'. (I'm joking by the way - there is no norm, but there are common hair growth patterns).
Hair on the top of your feet and toes:
About 98% of my clients had hair on the top of their feet and toes. This is so common that I included these areas in any leg wax treatment purchased in my salons. Despite this a lot of people were very freaked out about it and thought it was just them! Some hairs were light, some were dark. I think it annoyed the girls with dark hair more, but they often had the most gorgeous brown skin and a lovely thick head of hair to go with it. Jealous? Me? Of course! Would I swap? Yes I would. I don't have hairs on the top of my feet, but I do have some blonde ones on my toes when I haven't waxed them.
Bikini line hair that goes beyond your bikini line:
When I first started beauty school we had to look at drawings of how to wax a bikini line. I was totally mythed because in the pictures there seemed to be this hair growing down the ladies legs, and I couldn't for the life of me understand what it was! Lucky old me, being only 18. Of course over the years I've come to realise that again, this is more common than not. Sometimes people get it as soon as they hit puberty and others find it develops as they get older or due to a number of conditions, such as ill health or pregnancy.
Hair on the upper lip:
This is very common. Almost everyone that I've seen in the salon has it, that is until I removed it of course! Again, I have very light, fine hairs on my upper lip. Mine's not too bad at all, but I'm what I call 'wax happy'. I wax almost everything - because I can!
Hairs on your chin:
This isn't as common in younger females as it is in older ones. Unfortunately, as we get older hairs start to appear in places that they never have before. How rubbish!
Hairs on the cheeks:
Again, this isn't as common as upper lip hair, but a lot of people still have it. I would say that the hairs on the sides of my cheeks are slightly thicker than average. I know that sounds odd, but because I'm fair I seem to have a layer of downy hair on many parts of my body! No-one else would probably notice, but being a beautician I'm very aware of it at times, especially in the summer.
Obviously hair grows all over our bodies, varies from person to person and can be effected by so many conditions. Some choose to remove it and others embrace their natural look. There is no right or wrong, but if it bothers you there are many ways you can remove it. All of the examples above could be removed by waxing, and I used to wax all of these areas on a daily basis at my salon.
There are of course many other common areas that I have not mentioned in this post today, but I've focused on the ones that were talked about the most in the salon. The truth is, hair can pop up anywhere on the body and I honestly can't think of an area that I haven't waxed. It's all part of the job, and before anyone asks, yes I have done a back, sack and crack wax. I always get asked that question! I'm not expecting lots of comments on this post, but hope that if you have got this far it's helping you in some way.
What do you think about body hair? Is it something that should be discussed, or is this topic better off left behind closed doors? Please leave your comments in the box below.