Two words? Hairy butt!
Those little curlies that grow secretly inside your butt cleavage – or on your butt cheeks – and make you cringe at the thought of wearing a G-string at the beach.
Or even worse…having sex…doggie style…with the lights still on! ?
You’re not the only one!
Results from a two-part study of women from diverse backgrounds showed “overwhelming negativity toward women growing body hair.”
It wasn’t until my twenties that I even realized I had hair in my butt crack. I mean, how often do you bend over naked in front of a mirror and peer between your dimples of Venus?
OMG! I was horror-struck!
How many times had my sexual partners noticed my hairy butt? I still cringe at the thought.
I felt like I had somehow missed one of the rungs on the evolutionary ladder to becoming a homo sapien.
Or perhaps you’re just trying to reconcile whether butt hair is a natural, normal part of our bodies?
In a time when “Belfie sticks” are now a thing, maybe society’s aversion to all things hairy on a woman has caused undue stress about something that is completely benign.
Either way, our obsession with body hair has historically had a negative social stigma, in which hairiness on a woman was associated with “less developed [and] primitive ancestry”.
In our not too distant past, excessive hair on women meant they were less feminine, deviant, and was even linked to insanity, criminal violence, sexual promiscuity and base animal instincts.
Is it any wonder we have such negative associations with excess hair on women’s bodies?
Well, guess what? *drum roll please*
Butt hair is totally and completely NORMAL!
So, brace yourself because we are about to reveal the truth and get to the root (pun intended) of this hairy topic while talking with an expert to give you the insights you need.
Let’s start at the top…
Stop Freaking Out About Your Butt Hair…It’s Normal!
Is it normal to have hair in your butt crack?
Yes, butt hair in the cleavage, and on your booty cheeks is natural. Even for women.
It’s a mammalian thing. Which means it is basically a part of our genetic makeup.
Just like birds have feathers, and reptiles have scales, well, we humans have hairy tushies.
Here’s why it’s normal to have a hairy butt:
Humans have a fine covering of “peach fuzz” hair (called vellus hair) all over our bodies, except for our lips, labia, other mucous membranes such as the anus, and other hairless areas like the backs of our ears, palms, and soles of our feet.
During puberty, this hair is replaced with darker and thicker hair (called terminal and androgenic hair) around the age of 12 for guys and 11 for girls, although in some cases as early as 7-years old in girls!
This dark, long, thicker body hair develops in humans during puberty due to the increase of androgens or testosterone (the male sex hormone, also is found in women in small doses) that are secreted from the testes and ovaries.
The purpose of these androgens is to increase libido and sexual arousal, while at the same time they are responsible for the development of male genitalia, as well as for secondary sexual characteristics in women including pubic hair, enlarged breasts, and widened hips.
Oh, and yep, butt hair.
For some women having a hairy butt can become a humiliating part of growing up that begins during puberty (some girls begin shaving “back there” as young as 13) and continues long into adulthood.
That being said, it is comforting to know that butt hair isn’t an unfortunate flaw in our evolutionary design but serves an actual, meaningful purpose!
Here’s a fun look at reasons we might have butt hair:
Should I Be Worried About Sudden Hair Growth?
Most sudden hair growth is caused by normal hormonal imbalances during menopause, weight gain, or pregnancy, as well as a simple genetic predisposition.
This could include Cushing’s Syndrome (caused by stress and high levels of cortisol), Hirsutism, ovarian cysts, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (also caused by cortisol and excess testosterone), thyroid issues, some medications, and in rare cases, tumors.
It is therefore important to see your doctor or health care provider if you are experiencing a sudden dose of unexpected hair growth and to alleviate any fears you may have.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming…
Ladyscaping 101: Butt Hair Removal Options and Techniques
Having worked for over 17 years “detailing” women in Los Angeles, Florida, and Portland, she was able to get to the bottom of all of this and answer all my hirsute questions.
Let’s get to it.
Trimming – whether with an electric trimmer or scissors – can remove surface butt hair but does not get beneath the skin.
It works well to trim a very hairy butt or bush, however, it will still leave hairy prickles and will not leave you with baby smooth cheeks or crack.
Trimming is also very hard to do on your own unless you are a contortionist, in addition to being dangerous when you are wielding a sharp pair of scissors, or an electric trimmer, around your sensitive anal region.
While trimming may improve your butt hair situation, it could also result in nicks and cuts to places that aren’t used to being trimmed!
Sharp instruments should never go near your most delicate places.
If you do choose to trim, use an electric trimmer like this Sensitive Precision Electric Hair Trimmer from Veet.
You can get fairly close and it is a much safer alternative than using scissors if you can’t wax, shave or get alternative professional hair removal services.
Here is what expert Meredith Moore says about the problems with DIY trimming:
Obviously, shaving is the most popular method of removing butt hair by yourself, but also perhaps one of the most dangerous.
It is pretty easy to nick yourself with a sharp razor and cause small cuts that can lead to serious infections.
Shaving is also difficult to do on your own and often leads to ingrown hairs and pimple-butt.
I’ll admit it, while the feeling of being cleanly shaven is sexy as hell, it’s not long before the prickles start growing in and begin to make everything down there chafe and become very uncomfortable.
Yeah, not too sexy after all.
If you insist on going it alone, you can check out this tutorial on “How to Shave Your Butt”. While the tutorial is aimed at men, it is also perfectly applicable to us ladies.
More on shaving your butt from Meredith:
I think I can do without chafing, butt pimples and ingrown hairs, thank you!
If you’re worried about ingrown hairs, here’s a video on how to avoid them, and what causes them:
So, what other alternatives are there?
There are depilatory creams like Neat, Nair and Veet, which say they are okay to use around the bikini line, but caution going near your nether bits or butt hole as it may “result in adverse reactions” including the severe burning of your genitals.
Any type of burning sounds bad to me, let alone “severe”!
Waxing & Sugaring
Waxing and sugaring are also popular methods of DIY hair removal. Check out this tutorial here.
Sugaring is an age-old method of hair removal that goes back to ancient Egypt (Did Cleopatra wax her butt?) and is made out of sugar, lemon, and water.
Many professionals prefer it over waxing because there are no harsh chemicals or fragrances like there are in waxes, and it is kinder to sensitive skin.
I only use sugaring on my facial hair (Yes! I have a lady-stash, thank you very much!) for those reasons.
On the upside, if done properly, waxing (and sugaring) can lessen hair growth over time and last longer.
It can be very painful, especially around the genitals and butt hole, and if done by an amateur, can lead to bad ingrown hairs and infection.
I was waxed “Hollywood-style” by a professional, which includes removing the hair in your butt cleavage as well as your pubes. They used a cold wax, rather than a hot wax, which was less painful and super effective.
For me, it is my most preferred method of butt hair removal if done by a pro.
Wax on… Wax off…
More on waxing from “hot wax ninja” Meredith:
Laser Hair Removal
This is a new trend in the DIY home grooming industry, and costs much less (but still pricey up to $500-$1000 for a unit) than professional services.
While these devices may be okay for legs, bikini, and underarms, I’m not sure I would want to try them myself on my derriere, or other private parts!
Laser hair removal can also be painful as well and there is a risk of burning, scarring, redness, swelling, and permanent skin damage.
Many reviewers say to proceed with caution, and they don’t recommend doing it yourself when it comes to your lady bits or anal area. “In the wrong hands, laser therapy can be dangerous and the damage outweighs the benefits of hair removal.”
Many of these DIY home butt hair removal techniques sound a bit sketchy.
Meredith recommends getting it done by a pro:
Here’s a fun video showing laser hair removal:
I remember my grandmother used to get her lady-stache zapped by electrolysis and come home with a red, swollen upper lip – ouch!
While treatments are likely far superior today, it still sounds very painful.
How Electrolysis Works
A “fine needle-shaped electrode” is inserted into each hair follicle and then an electric current is applied to terminate the hair at its root.
While it is permanent and has effective overall results, it takes multiple (15-30) treatments and delivers a painful stinging sensation with each prick of the electrode. Electrolysis is the only FDA approved and permanent method of hair removal.
Here’s an informative and fun video on how electrolysis works:
Meredith believes this is a good alternative for some women:
What If I’m Too Embarrassed To Let a Pro See My Hairy Butt?
Although DIY butt hair removal techniques may be seductive because of the lower cost and modesty factor, professional services for hair removal could be the wisest choice to get rid of butt hair safely and permanently.
Plus, you may find it’s not as scary as you think!
As a professional stylist for over 20 years, I’ve seen my share of hair removal procedures… yes, even butt cracks.
The first time I had my booty waxed I was totally unprepared when the aesthetician told me to flip over doggie style and put my butt in the air.
I felt my cheeks burning with embarrassment (and, not my butt cheeks) as I flipped over to “strike the pose.”
With the first strip torn from between my ass cheeks, I forgot about my vulnerable position and concentrated on not yelping in pain.
Thankfully, it only lasted a second, and with a few more rips, the dreadful deed was done.
Really, it wasn’t nearly as horrible as I had expected – the worry and anticipation of the first time is always worse than the real deal.
To see what I mean, check out this video called “Between the Cheeks” which reveals what a pro butt hair waxing service looks like:
See…Not as scary as you thought.
Aside from the pain of getting your butt crack waxed professionally, there is the price objection.
Meredith says, “just getting your butt crack waxed or zapped will [only] cost you around $20” and typically a full Brazilian or Hollywood wax is between $30-$50 on average, and can be upwards of $120 in high-end spas.
So, compared to other DIY types of hair removal, professional waxing and laser hair removal is not that expensive, especially since it lasts way longer and eventually removes the problem permanently.
Still freaking out about seeing a pro? Meredith reminds us that we are all human and deal with the same issues:
Should You Remove Your Butt Hair or Not?
So, what’s the verdict on butt hair?
Whether you want to remove your butt hair or not it is totally a personal choice.
If removing your it makes you feel bootylicious and improves your “genital self-image”, then go for it! It’s your tush!
Book that Hollywood wax and go shake your money maker!
Even though 20% of women say they wax down there because of their partners, you should never feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to do.
If you like your butt crack the way it is, but your partner doesn’t, then you shouldn’t feel pressured to remove your hair just because of them. They should love you for all your parts, hairy bits included.
Watch Lacie Green’s entertaining rant on “free the pubes” for some inspiration!
BTW: Meredith says fuck what anyone else thinks anyhow:
So, the bottom line? Butt hair is natural. Don’t stress about it.
And, you are beautiful just the way you are.
Butt hair and all.
So what do you think? Do you have more questions? How do you feel about butt hair? Do you want to remove it? Are you down with it? Have you had experience with any of these removal techniques?
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