A social media influencer has started the JanuHairy trend, and is encouraging women to stop shaving for this month. Her initiated trend is quickly gaining intense popularity online.
The trend was initiated by Laura Jackson, a 21 year old student at Warwickshire who wanted women to love their natural hair and stop putting themselves under the pressure of constant hair removal. She also wanted to raise money for charity in the process.
The student got the idea for this after she grew her hair out for a specific performance, writing, “‘Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand or agree with why I didn’t shave.”
She also wrote, “I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly.”
Writing about the process of giving up shaving, Laura wrote, “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.”
Laura explained that she had mixed reactions from those around her about her initiated program. She wrote, “When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me ‘Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?’. Why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point?”
Despite her mother’s confusion at the start, she will be joining the JanuHairy movement as well, which is a “big challenge” for her.
Laura said that her entire program is “not an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is. It is an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others.”
Women from all over the world have signed up for this charity, and Laura is hoping she can raise £1000 for Body Gossip’s educational program. The program wants to teach people about body image issues. The social media page currently has over 1500 followers.
Some people love the movement, and others do not understand it, with one writing, “Why do they think that making themselves ugly and shaggy will prove anything?”
Another one wrote, “I love this! Thank you for sharing your experiences. I stopped removing my body hair about 2 years ago; it suddenly struck me one day that I didn’t particularly mind how it looked, so why was I putting in all this effort that men are never expected to?”
The social media page is fast gaining followers online.