Figuring out what to do with your hair down there seems like it would be fairly straight forward. It's just a matter of personal preference, right? Well according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, your education level might influence your decision to bare it all. Err, what?
Researchers from the University of California San Francisco wanted to see which factors were motivating women to shave, wax, trim, brave a Brazilian, or let their hair grow naturally. They surveyed more than 3,300 women ages 18-64 about their grooming habits, while also collecting data on the ladies' education, income level, relationship status, and where they lived.
Shockingly, results showed that your grooming habits have absolutely nothing to do with how often you're having sex or whether or not you're in a relationship. (Psst...here are 4 Waxing Myths To Stop Believing.) What the researchers did find, however, was that most women (62 percent) prefer to shave it all off. But if their partners didn't groom or didn't have a preference on what their partner did, that number went down.
Another surprising outcome was the way education impacted people's private-part preferences. Women with some college experience or college degrees were much more likely to groom than women who didn't go to college. (Thinking about going hairless? Try these 7 Pro Tips for DIY Bikini Waxing.)
Just about 60 percent of women cited hygiene as the main reason they groom. According to the researchers, though, you might have it all wrong—going bare is actually not as good for your lady parts as a more natural look. If you still decide to get a Brazilian, at least make sure you know the 5 Ways to Tell If Your Waxing Salon Is Legit.