5 Reasons To Stop Shaving

5 Reasons To Stop Shaving

With Memorial Day - the unofficial beginning of summer! - just around the corner, here are SALT's (actually Liz's!) top five reasons to stop shaving your legs:

Even though I grew up in the “Nair for Short Shorts Era,” I’ve never been much of a shaver or someone who gets excited (or starts dancing provocatively!) about chemically burning hair off my body. 

Truth be told, it makes me sad and a little angry that we live in a world where female body hair is seen as "unhygienic," “political,” “unappealing,” or just plain "gross."  In fact, I got so mad about this one day I wrote an open letter to my daughter entitled, Jesus Loves Your Body Hair. 

I know, I know - the non-shaving life isn’t for everyone.  But as I thought it over, I came up with 5 really good reasons why women everywhere should put down their razors and take back their bodies (or at least consider it):

#1  Razors are expensive – especially women’s razors!  If you don’t believe me, watch this.

#2  The truth is that hair is cute and soft and natural.  Enjoy it!

#3  If you put down your razor for more than a week, your legs feel amazing when the wind blows!

#4  When you stop shaving, you won't have stubble, ingrown hairs, or razor burn EVER AGAIN. 

#5  When you look down at your legs or lift up your arms to reveal a fun pop of color,  you'll be instantly filled with hope because your very body will declare this good news: the porn industry will not win!

Bonus Reason (and the best one of the bunch!): We are all created in the image of God, body hair and all!  In the first few verses of Genesis, God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.  So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them.”  

We are created in the image of God and we are good – from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes and everything in between - even the hairy bits!  Nothing about the female body is "unappealing" or "gross."  We are God's beloved and God wants us to love what God loves, which means our hairy, wobbly, wrinkly, soft, dimpled, fearfully-and-wonderfully-made bodies!  

This is God's good news for everyone!