It’s funny that hair can be SO stigmatized. We can talk about head hair until the cows come home, and we can shout about eyelashes and on-fleek brows from any mountaintop. But when it comes to *other* kinds of hair, we just start blushing and pretending it doesn’t exist. So we’re about to rip the bandage off and get real about a type of hair that never gets any love these days: butthole hair.
1. Butt hair exists for a real reason.
Eyelashes, as you might know, serve the useful purpose of keeping bugs, dust, and other particles out of your eyes; armpit hair prevents your arms from chafing against your sides. But when it comes to butt hair, you might be stumped. It turns out there are three main theories as to why butt hair grows:
- Bodies evolve over the course of millions of years. We haven’t lost our butt hair yet simply because there’s no pressing reason for us to do so. Cool, right?
- The hair traps your own unique scent, which can make you more attractive to mates (you know, way deep in our cavemen brains).
- Butt hair prevents chafing between your butt cheeks when you run or walk or do whatever.
2. EVERYONE has butt hair.
Let’s get one thing straight: EVERYONE has butt hair. Once puberty hits, hair begins to grow in all kinds of ~specific~ places (like on your underarms, legs, pubic area, face, and, yes, butt). It’s 100% normal and we promise that you, your crush, and your squad all have butt hair.
3. You decide what to do with your hair.
Since having butt hair is totally natural and a-ok, it’s your call when it comes to deciding what to do with it. You can just leave it as is and live your best life. After all, being hairless everywhere is just a weird trend that became popular for the strangest reason. “It really changed drastically when porn become more readily available online,” explains Melisa Holmes, M.D., an ob-gyn and founder of Girlology.com. Just because porn might show some hairless bodies doesn’t mean you need to shave everything off.
But, if you’d like, you can also remove butt hair, but you have to do so SUPER carefully. One option for removal is shaving. Now, think about how small that area with hair on your butt is and now think about how big a razor is. You need to seriously take it nice and easy to make sure your don’t nick yourself (OW). “Any time you shave or wax, that hair follicle on your skin is going to be opened up,” says Jennifer Ashton, MD, an ob-gyn and author of The Body Scoop for Girls.”That makes it easy for bacteria to enter and cause an infection.”
If you’re going to shave hair off from around your butthole, just hop in the shower and clean the area with some mild soap and warm water. Then, put your leg up so that you have access to the area and very slowly shave using small strokes. Holding your skin taut with the other hand will help protect against nicks and cuts.
And, whenever you’re shaving ANYTHING, be sure to get a good razor. It truly makes all the difference in the world. You might want to consider trying this one:
Remember that s, waxing, depilatories (like Nair), and laser treatment are all acceptable, but each comes with its own sets of risks. Ideally, you should talk to your gynecologist or dermatologist with any questions you might have about removing your butt hair! And if you’re thinking about shaving your pubic hair, we’ve got you covered there, too.