People are up in arms - in a happy way - over an unexpected beauty craze: armpit-hair dyeing. Women already cut back on shaving, proudly flaunting their natural body hair; even many famous women don't shave. These "Free The Pits" advocates take the movement a step further, though, by adding color to their underarm hair.
The idea behind the practice is the same as the one for dyeing head hair: a new color creates a different overall look. But is there more to it? Really, why do people dye their armpit hair?
First, remember smooth, hairless armpits are largely an American invention, and a relatively new one. Women have only been shaving their pits for about 100 years, mainly in the United States. Despite the Pit Pride movement, though, clean-shaven armpits are the norm - and drawing further attention to this area may seem counterintuitive. Why dye your armpit hair, generating more notice?
Whether a political act or just something fun to do, the answers vary for everyone who chooses this unique look. So, let's explore the reasons people dye their armpit hair, and why it's become a buzzworthy beauty trend.
Dyeing Armpits Can Be An Act Of Political Resistance
Many Advocates Find Colorful Underarms Hilarious
Most People Just Like The Way Colorful Armpit Hair Looks
Miley Cyrus Made People Love It Or Hate It
It Began As An Experiment, But Became A Movement
Some Groups Have 'Pit-Ins'