Summary:  These days, men with scruffy hair are everywhere. From the streets to the screen, facial hair is definitely having a moment. Heartthrobs smile out from magazine covers with tousled hair, five o’clock shadows or full-on beards, proving that the 90’s metrosexual has given way to today’s “lumbersexual.”

Looking Good for the Zombie Apocalypse

Entertainment offers plenty of proof for this trend. Male actors on the set of TV’s ‘Walking Dead’ have gotten scruffier with each season, which makes perfect sense. When living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-eating zombies, who has time to shave? Would you bother grooming when you’re busy fighting off hordes of the undead and just trying to survive?

Apparently you would if you were a woman.

Though the men on ‘Walking Dead’ sport evidence of the perilous times they’re living in, the women have miraculously smooth, hairless armpits in every scene. The end of the world is nigh but the ladies are still epilating. What’s up with the double standard? And will the bearded lady ever get her day in the sun?

Images of meticulously groomed women can be difficult to avoid. The models in Times Square stand eight stories tall, and the only hair you’ll see is on their heads. The media is a powerful force that reinforces beauty standards, yet a much wider range of styles and beauty choices exist than are present in advertising, film and television, and you don’t have to look far for representations that fly in the face of billboards. Social media has created communities of women who upload photos of the legs they’ve stopped shaving, celebrating their natural look.

Long Hair, Don’t Care

For every freshly waxed actress and perfectly plucked model (ouch!), there are plenty of women who aren’t interested in investing time and money in hair removal. Some use razors and others use nothing at all. Julia Roberts has been known to let more than just the hair on her head grow out. Paparazzi have snapped pics of the pretty woman at red carpet events, wearing a gorgeous sleeveless gown and rocking her hairy armpits.

On the flipside of Julia are the men and women who have been burdened with dark, coarse hair which can grow profusely all over the face and body. Hair can be the source of embarrassment or discomfort for people born to this hirsute fate, growing faster than they can get rid of it. Laser hair removal is a dream come true for people tired of dealing with these hairy situations, and innovations in technology have made this light-based treatment highly effective.

Regardless of how much hair Mother Nature has bestowed upon you, what matters most is what you want for yourself. As with any cosmetic procedure, laser hair removal is a choice determined by personal factors, not by media trends or societal pressure. Perhaps loving the skin you’re in means undergoing a half-dozen laser therapy treatment sessions over the course of several months, or maybe you’re perfectly content to let it go and let it grow. Most people fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, using various methods of temporary hair removal with a flurry of activity during beach season and a lapse during cooler months.

We may be living in the decade of the beard, but we’re also living in the era of the empowered woman. Self-confidence is a timeless beauty that never goes out of fashion.

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