You’ve probably seen the photo of Miley Cyrus showing off her pink armpit hair on Instagram. That photo had over 30,000 comments, ranging from “You go, girl” types of comments to the more critical.
Miley, however, was not the first one to dye her armpit hair and be proud of it. Many women have long gotten tired of society’s double standard with regards to armpit hair and decided to ditch their razors years ago. They thought that if men can get away without shaving their armpit hair, why can’t women do the same?
A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on May 1, 2015 at 12:15pm PDT
One such woman is Seattle-based hairstylist Roxie Hunt. She stopped shaving her armpits in 2010 and founded Free Your Pits, an organization that promotes growing armpit hair and dyeing. It’s both a political statement and freedom of expression.
In an interview with the New York Times, 20-year-old Racheal Bennett from Canada stopped shaving her armpits in 2010. “I do it [dye] because it looks cool,” she said. “And because I think that people should be able to do what they please, and feel beautiful regardless of what they do.”
A photo posted by Zora Beer (@unicorn.inc) on Jul 11, 2015 at 2:45pm PDT
If you have been fascinated with this trend as many other women have been, here are some things you need to know about dyeing your armpit hair.
- Grow out your hair now, as it looks better with more hair.
- You need to bleach your hair first before dyeing it. Your armpit is more sensitive though, so make sure to use less strength (like 20-volume peroxide) than the bleach (30- or 40-volume) you would use on your head hair.
- Prior to putting on the dye, put petroleum jelly around the armpits to avoid discoloring your skin.
- Avoid putting more chemicals on your armpits after the dyeing job. If you use deodorant, refrain from doing so at least a day or two after.
- Expect negative comments from strangers as well as people close to you. However, don’t let that stop you from freely expressing yourself!
Going against the flow–even when it comes to your own body–can be difficult. But it can be very liberating, just ask Miley and the hundreds of other women who dye their armpit hairs!