In the same vein as No Shave November or “Movember,” which encourages men to grow facial hair in an effort to raise awareness for men’s health issues, like prostate cancer, Januhairy is the new female equivalent. A month-long movement of female empowerment encouraging women to grow out their body hair and take back control of their bodies from the societal norms.
It was founded by Laura Jackson, a drama student at the University of Exeter in the U.K., who had an eye-opening experience growing out her body hair for a role.
“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 realized 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 . . .”
Bold move with Valentine’s Day coming up in February, but you do you ladies. Get your empowerment on.