Whether you wax, shave, zap, or don’t, we all need to salute our hair down there. It’s a rite of passage: you’ve finally sprouted and you’re one step closer to womanhood! Fast forward 10 years: you’re sooooo over it, but nonetheless, you must maintain.
Most of us wax––it’s quick and easy and thorough, and you don’t risk razor burn or slipping in the shower. If you don’t wax, you likely shave, zap your hair with electrolysis or do laser hair removal (definitely a more permanent solution, though it can be pricey). If you do none of these, you likely go au natural.
Have you ever thought about changing things up, though? We dug into the history behind the bikini hairstyle in that very spirit.
Let’s start at the beginning:
In ancient times, the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians dared to bare it all. The Egyptians kept things clean–shaven with sharp rocks and rough stones, while the Greeks developed a new form of torture, plucking out each hair one by one.
Then we get into the Middle Ages, when most women chose to sport a full bush but were often required to shave it off to protect against pubic lice. To ensure that there would still be something down there, however, they donned pubic wigs called merkins (please make note of this one, as I’m pretty sure it could come up as a final question in Jeopardy!).
In 1915, Gillette introduced the first female razor, though it was targeted for underarm hair, rather than the bikini line or legs. It wasn’t until the 1950s that we started to see trimmed bikini areas; until then, the situation was still a hairy one, but bathing suits were changing and so were grooming techniques.
Keeping things trim didn’t last for long, however once the ’60s hit, the era of sexual freedom and liberation was upon us. Women were encouraged to let it grow, and we were back to au natural once again.
That is, until the ’80s , when pictures of women showing off well-groomed honeypots were all over Playboy. I remember seeing a vintage Playboy that featured a three-page spread (no pun intended) of a model shaving her pubic hair––it was a gradual progression, if I recall, just a bit at the edge at first, then slowly more and more…I think you get the picture.
This brings us to the ’90s and 2000s, when Hollywood and Carrie Bradshaw popularized the Brazilian wax, and suddenly hair wasn’t just trimmed: it was simply no longer there.
Not too much has changed since then, however these days I think anything goes. And what styles are women choosing these days, you ask? We’ve listed a few below.
The Ice Queen said it best: “Let it go…” and let it grow! This look is free and wild; you feel no pressure to trim or groom and that’s just fine.
The Bikini Trim
The Bikini Trim requires just a little cleanup along the panty line. Some women also choose to trim the length of the remaining hair.
The Regular Bikini
The Regular Bikini look goes in deeper on both sides and removes a bit of hair from the top.
This ever so painful popular wax lets us play with different shapes and styles to top our taco.
The Landing Strip
A long rectangular runway-like shape on the top and nothing everywhere else. Yes, spread your cheeks and hold your breath.
The Tortilla Chip, a.k.a. The Desert Island, The Love Triangle or The Martini Glass
It’s basically a triangle.
This crazy-sounding trend is extremely popular (it involves glitter), but if I had any interest in it, I would have done the research and shared it with you.
The Hollywood (or Full Brazilian)
Bare, bare, ain’t no hair there: from tip to tail, your hair is gone. Think legs in all sorts of positions no nook or cranny left untouched.
Since I just spent countless hours looking at pictures of pubic hair, I’ve realized that when it come to your hair down there, anything goes. And really, if you can think it, it probably can be done.
I’ll leave you with this idea, just in case your partner is directionally challenged: