• Jasmine Nelson

This one time....

Have you ever wondered that if you didn't have hirsutism, would your pubic hair spread out as far as it does? I know I thought about it more than a few times. No one really talks about it, but I will today lol

It was the summertime in Houston, Tx, a super hot day. I must have been around 11 or even 12 at the time. You would think it was a perfect day to go to the pool, little did I know this day would change my life in some ways. I decided to go visit my grandmother who lived in a culdesac in the neighborhood, she had the best location on the street, literally next to the playground, park, basketball court, and pool. So anyway my cousin and I had plans to go swimming. I put on my two-piece bathing suit and I was ready. Threw on my shorts then we headed out.

There at the pool, we met up with my cousin's friends, we all had planned to play sharks and minnows (That was the game). I took my shorts off and jumped in the shallow end to get used to the water. It wasn't as cold as I wanted it, but hey, it was better than nothing. As I stood up, my cousin was right there. He decided to ask "Ay Jazz, You don't shave?" Now at the time I never shaved my bikini line I mean I was 11, never shaved anything in my life not my legs or armpits. I didn't think it was a big deal until my cousin said what he said. I was embarrassed as soon as he started laughing at me about it. He was nice enough to not let everyone else know what was going on (as far as I know). I told him that I would be right back so I hopped out the pool to throw on my shorts, back against every one of course. Then I heard the others yell "Ay Jazz, where are you going?" All I can say is that I would be right back.

I ran across the culdesac and rushed into the house. My Grandmother was sitting in the living room watching TV with my aunt. I'm sure they were gossiping about some mess. I interrupted and asked my grandmother if she had a shaver I could use. She told me that she didn't know and would go look. I'm thinking that I hope this wouldn't take too long, as a kid I didn't want to miss out on playing sharks and minnows. She got up to go into her room came out and handed me a shaver. She didn't know I never used one before (although when I was much younger I did cut myself with one in the bathtub thinking I was doing something), anyway I took the razor, went into the bathroom.

When I took my swim bottoms off I had to look at myself in the mirror. Like how bad was it for my cousin to say something about it? And why did I think it was ok? What I did notice it that my bikini line/outer crotch area was super spread out. Not like now, but for a kid, I'm sure my pubic hair spread a good 2 1/2 inches from the edge of the pantie line seam. To think something so natural would become a big deal. Then again it was the beginning of puberty for me. I took and face towel with soap and water on it, lathered up the areas and began to shave. Since I was in a rush, I know I did a botch job. I didn't press hard against my skin, but I did nick some spots and bled. Again I didn't know what I was doing.

I cleaned the area off real quick and ran back to the pool. Once I got back into the water, I had made it just in time to play the game. It must have been a good 9 of us. That was enough to make it fun. We all played in the pool for a couple of hours, then headed back home. As I was drying off I notice I was itching. It wasn't unbearable, but it was enough to be annoying. I went into the bathroom and looked at what I had shaved earlier. Low and behold I had made my skin irritated and red. It stung as I touched it, really I decided not to wear any underwear and just shorts. Thinking about it that razor must have been dirty (who knows) -__-...

I notice a week later I started getting all this ingrown hair in my bikini line. Knowing what I know today, I didn't have the information on how to properly shave, what direction, or how far to go to avoid any issues that I had. Really I should've asked my aunt for help, but being a hard-headed kid in a rush, I thought I could do it myself. From then on out I had ingrown hair and scar problems for a loooong time. So when it comes down to it, that had to be my first time not realizing I had the hirsutism condition. That's crazy. Nair became my late saver (for that area)

Jasmine Nelson

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