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University Student Launches 'Januhairy' Campaign Encouraging Women To Stop Shaving

University Student Launches 'Januhairy' Campaign Encouraging Women To Stop Shaving

JanuHAIRY, anyone?

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

When will the day come that we can allow people live in peace, to do whatever the hell they want to do? There is a limit, of course - I mean, we don't encourage most criminal activity - but dying your hair the colour of the rainbow, deciding to give up drink or meat for whatever period of time you wish or growing your own body hair... who gives a crap?

This university student is campaigning for women to love and accept their natural hair, as well as trying to broaden other peoples' understanding.

Laura Jackson, 21, has set up 'Januhairy' (there's a JustGiving page and everything) where she's hoping to raise £1,000 ($1,270) to support BodyGossip, a charity that combines Arts and Education to empower everyone to be the best version of themselves.

The student from Warwickshire came up with the idea after growing out her body hair in May 2018 for part of her drama degree.

She explained on Instagram: "There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman.

Many have jumped aboard the 'Januhairy' bandwagon.

"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.

"Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn't understand why I didn't shave/didn't agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly."

According to the MailOnline, women from across the globe have signed up to be a part of the challenge. Messages of support have flooded in for her campaign.

University student Laura Jackson, 21, started growing out her body hair when preparing for a one-woman show as part of her drama degree.

One said: "My support goes to all the women taking this on, I'm sure Mother Nature will be smiling".

Another added: "Well done for raising awareness of the pressures that our society can put on women. Great charity to support too".

And a third commented: "From a male supporter of your campaign. Anything that sees you doing what you want is great, and I'd want to support the aims of Body Gossip."

It hasn't all been smooth-sailing for Laura - as she explained on social media, where she said: "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?

"After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal.

"This isn't an angry campaign for people who don't see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others."

Sounds fair enough to us if you ask me.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/janu_hairy

Topics: Hair, Community, UK