EWING, N.J. — With summer just around the corner, many women are booking their waxing appointments to get rid of “problem areas” exposed by skimpier seasonal clothing. Body hair removal is so important to women and shaving can be such a drag that a new survey shows many would go to extreme lengths for the ability to have body hair disappear for a year.
Nair, the well-known body hair removal cream, polled 1,009 women online in February ages 18-34 for their Millennial Women Study to shed light on opinions about body hair. All participants indicated that body hair was a problem for them in at least one area, and 85 percent said they simply “hate shaving.”
Many agreed that shaving can be problematic for an assortment of reasons, with most (72 percent) frustrated over hair growing back too quickly. Fifty-six percent felt shaving is too time consuming and 44 percent says it irritates their skin.
So how much would they give up for the ability to have unwanted body hair stay away for an entire year? Forty-eight percent of the participants would give up their caffeine fix and not drink coffee for an entire month, while 44 percent said they’d go Netflix-free for a month. Another 39 percent would put their relationship on the line, giving up sex for a month for the ability to go hair-free for a year, and 38 percent would keep away from social media.
Most women agree that their bikini line is the biggest problem area (72 percent) when it comes to body hair, followed by their armpits (58 percent) and legs (52 percent).
Other problems areas were worse for some women depending on their ethnicity. The upper lip in particular was a rough region for 57 percent of Hispanic women, but only 40 percent of Caucasian women and 33 percent of African-American women. The pattern was similar when it came to hand and/or knuckle hair (20 percent / 10 percent / 9 percent).
Back hair was problematic for 17 percent of Hispanic women, 11 percent of African-American women, and just 7 percent of Caucasian women.
Why is body hair such an issue for women? Half of those surveyed indicated they felt more self-conscious, less confident, or insecure from their body hair. The feelings were stronger, however, for younger millennial women (57 percent) as opposed to the older segment of millennials (47 percent).