Here at Channel Void HQ we have discussed at length our thoughts on hair – we love it, we hate it, it’s too thick, it’s too thin, what is armpit hair even for, hello you, curling out from our bikinis on the first days of summer.
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From your legs, to your underarms to your bikini area, Safety Razors outperform disposable razor cartridge razors every single time. Did you know that they work for men too? Unlike multi-blade razors, Safety Razors use a *single* blade which doesn't tug and pull at your hairs – meaning no more ingrowns! The weight of the safety razor allows it to glide smoothly across the skin… giving you the smoothest, most irritation free shave of your life! ✨
You may have noticed a few more shaggy, fluffy legs, rocking about school, the beach and bars these days. You might have a pal who’s decided to take a stand, or you might be considering why society keeps telling you that the hair on your lady legs doesn’t belong there, while your m
ale counterparts are celebrated for their layer of floofy down. But also, why do men need to shave their faces?
The 60s and 70s saw a wave of feminists who began to challenge traditional beauty standards. Womxn burned bras and protested the products, advertising and societal expectations of how they should spend their time and money. In 2020 we have seen similar movements emerge like Januhairy and Get Hairy February supporting women to experiment with their natural bodies and allow space for choice instead of shame or fear.
These days, unshaven and unmanicured legs, pits and upper lips, are often coupled with stylish fashion, sexy lingerie and a proud display of furry bushes. Observing this new phase of growth, The Guardian coined an apt phrase, that womxn are “deploying body hair as a feminist fuck-you: half statement, half-ornament”.
Whether you feel attached to wearing your body hair as a statement, or indulging yourself in a regular ritual of shaving the pins, we think you should fuck what people think and do whatever makes you happy. The one ask we have: choose your products wisely.
According to a 2019 report by Statista, 163 million consumers in the U.S. (this doesn’t take into account the rest of the world!) used disposable razors, and we can only assume that the majority of those end up, well, disposed of. So if you’re going to shave, we recommend using a long lasting razor, and our fave… is none other than Kappi’s Reusable Safety Razor (our preference is the Matte Rose Gold – purty!).
Founder of Kappi, Emily Carlstrom says the driving force behind her zero waste business was watching the first season of the War on Waste, “it opened our eyes to the waste epidemic here in Australia and we were horrified by what we saw”. Carlstrom says from that moment she knew her mission and Kappi was born.
While the conversation around reusable bags has begun to gain traction, Carlstrom realised there were many other products in our daily lives that create waste. From disposable straws, plastic cutlery and food wrap, Carlstrom didn’t limit where she looked for places to minimise waste, but it’s her designer razor that has stolen our hearts.
“We designed our razor to be functional, stylish and improve the shaving experience while minimising waste,” says Carlstrom.
While many female beauty brands are beginning to awaken to the environment they’re also embracing a message of empowerment, US-based razor company, Billie, proudly spruiks a library of beautiful hairy women and a message: Because womankind is both shaggy and smooth. We asked Carlstrom what freshly shaved legs meant for the sustainable razor founder, “To me, they mean that I’ve got my life under control for once haha! Clean sheets and shaved legs, that’s the best feeling in the world, but I also revel in avoiding shaving too. It’s not such a guilty secret.”
As young womxn transition through teenage years and early womxnhood there are many questions that emerge about self, identity, body image. Carlstrom shared some sage words, for us: Love the skin you’re in! There’s no one like you, and that’s an incredible thing. Surround yourself with positivity and be conscious that self-love can be a journey (one that we’ve all been through).
So whether you decide to embrace the bush, celebrate the forest or shave your stems we hope you chose a product that doesn’t cost the earth.