SINCE the early 1900s, after being told that it is unladylike to have excess hair, women have declared a raging war on body hair.
Women will go to all lengths to ensure that they are as hairless and as smooth as a baby’s bottom, by either shaving, tweezing or removing hair via laser treatment.
Unfortunately, it is not an issue of hygiene, but one of those societal double standards that only apply to one sex but not the other.
However, while some women can get away with unshaved legs or under-arms and still smell like strawberries and watermelon, the same cannot be said about some of their male counterparts.
But men are the ones who get away with a thicket of overgrown hair in their armpits and not be ostracised while a woman is not afforded the same luxury. Fortunately, the fashion bible does not discriminate when it comes to grooming.
According to the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine’s 200 article Sex and the Nose: Human Pheromonal Responses, your armpit bush grows on top of sweat glands, so it can act as a pheromone diffuser and helps spread your natural, irresistible scent to potential mates.
Unfortunately, the natural scent is not the most appealing, especially when one lives in a country with extremely high temperatures like Namibia. This means even in the dead of winter, when plants are shrivelling up from the cold, it only takes a few minutes of sun-bathing to get those sweat glands working overtime.
While there are those who seem to manage fine with the thicket in their pits, the problem is that the bacteria that cause one’s pits to stink multiplies faster in the dampness of the pit hair.
Shaving the armpits, which most women do, reduces that scent, however one find that a majority of men are unfazed and refuse to shave.
The fashion police’s grooming department has had to fine a substantial number of men this winter for offending people with their off-putting pit stench. This is most especially because they sneak off to sunbathe when their workstations become too cold.
There is nothing more like a foul odour to completely put people off and disregard how good you look then a foul stench assaulting the nostrils. As earlier said, women have been shamed for a hundred years into shaving their pits, so they are not biggest culprits.
If one is not willing to completely part with one’s hair armpit hair, trimming it to an extremely short length should do the trick.
There are various home remedies one can try with everyday products to reduce the unpleasant odour emitted from underarms. One can apply the juice of lemons or apple cider vinegar to underarms and clean it off after a few minutes. These two products are effective in that they reduce the skin’s PH levels, inhibiting the bacteria’s capabilities of multiplying.
Alternatively, one could also apply the pulp of tomatoes to their underarms for about 15 minutes, or crush lettuce, extract the juices and apply those to underarms for a few minutes. A combination of lemon and baking soda is also guaranteed to deal with stinky pits.
Perhaps that stench will attract Mrs Right, however, it will not attract Mrs Right- Now, and the is no guarantee you will ever find the former, besides, one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar.
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