Farnborough, United Kingdom – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) - Let’s talk about body hair…from peach fuzz to pubes, let’s face it, we all have it! But what you choose to do with your body hair, whether that be removing it, or embracing it in all its glory, is your choice. For too long, women’s body hair and what they choose to do with it has been a one-size-fits-all beauty standard and a taboo subject - but Philips UK and Ireland are on a mission to change this. We know that hair removal doesn’t look the same for everyone and we want to champion this.
To help us tackle the taboo around body hair and open the conversation, Philips UK and Ireland has partnered with beauty guru Emma Guns to launch the Natters That Matter podcast series. Natters That Matter taps into topics that women might talk with their friends about, from IPL hair removal with the Philips Lumea, to hormonal health, to hair removal faux pas (who knew you had to exfoliate before waxing?!); this series aims to drive empowering conversations around individuality and self-expression.
To help us on our journey, we were joined by activist and motivational speaker Harnaam Kaur, make-up artist and life coach Lee Pycroft, Harley Street dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong and author Rosie Green. “Opening this conversation will hopefully start to drive change and help us all to stop conforming to what we think we should do. I love this campaign and wanted to be a part of it because I want to encourage others to make choices that are empowering and help make us feel our most authentic selves,” adds Emma.
Kicking off the series, Harnaam, openly speaks about her PCOS diagnosis and her choice to embrace her beard. “My mantra is my body, my rules” and whilst Harnaam, chooses to embrace her facial hair, it’s also her choice to remove other parts of her body hair. “I am different, I embrace it and I love it.” In addition to this campaign’s intention to tackle the taboo of hair removal and challenge one-size-fits-all beauty standards, “hair is also a very emotive subject and the way we choose to wear our hair, whether that be on our scalp or body, is entirely our choice and we should be at liberty to choose how we wear it,” adds Dr Sharon Wong.
So why is women’s body hair a taboo subject? “Hair removal has historically been shrouded in secrecy and shame,” adds Rosie, “This campaign is all about talking about it openly, which I 100% support.”
Whether in relationships, beauty or just life, sharing stories and trading advice is so important to empowering women. Being able to express yourself is vital. “The ability to share ourselves via a variety of forms, from words, facial expressions, appearances and actions can help us connect with those around us and find our tribe,” explains Lee.
We wholeheartedly believe at Philips that you can choose to groom or choose to grow your body hair, it is completely your choice. No matter your preference, the Philips Lumea is equipped with four intelligent attachments that fit and adapt to treat each specific body part (whether that be your face, underarm, body or bikini); meaning Philips has you covered, no matter your grooming choices or preference.