As women, we have a lot to worry about. But should removing all of our body hair really be one of those things? Of course, it is totally up to you to choose how you groom. Have you ever considered just letting it be?

For many women, this idea may have never crossed your mind. And if it has, it may have only been due to the hassle of shaving or waxing, not the fact that women with body hair are attractive, sexy, and fabulous.

Now, if you love the feeling of smooth, hair-free skin— super, as long as you remove that hair for you, not for anyone else. Whether you are looking to save money, save time, or snub the patriarchy letting yourself go au naturale has numerous benefits.

First, off Paris Jackson, Lisa Bonet, tons of other celebrities, including Madonna herself, have all showed off their pride in letting their hair be. These women have not only embraced body hair but have also helped the topic to become less taboo. Although interesting and empowering, this may not be the inspiration you were looking for. If not, consider this…

Once you toss your razor, you can say goodbye to razor burn. There will be no more sore, inflamed bumps hiding in the most delicate areas of your body. If you have severely sensitive skin, this is definitely going to be a big deal to you. Not to mention the time and money you could potentially save on razors, waxes, shaving creams, and the like.

Then there is the fact that growing in your hair will prevent irritation and protect the skin. Once the growing process is complete, there will be no more chafing, less dryness, and no more ingrown hairs.

And if love is something you happen to be looking for, it may interest you to know that both underarm hair and pubic hair release oils that contain pheromones, which are proven to attract mates — Ooh la la.

This extra hair also has the power to wick away sweat like a champ. Obviously, this is beneficial if you find yourself sweating pretty profusely. And if you grow in your pubic hair, you can keep yeast infections at bay and lower your risk of getting an STI. This is definitely NOT a replacement for using protection, but it is a nice plus for sure.

Who knew body hair has so many health and beauty benefits? Evolution, apparently. Even after years of women removing it all, it continues to grow back with each generation. Now that you’re convinced or at least intrigued, here are some tips you should follow if you plan to let your hair grow free.

As you first stop shaving or using whatever hair removal method, ingrowns are likely to pop up. We all know what a nasty nightmare they are, but you can feel good knowing this is only temporary. So to help you out on your way, exfoliating will make a big difference. You can even exfoliate gently in your bikini or underarm area. Just be sure to avoid using any fragranced products near your, you know what. Using an exfoliating mitt is probably your best bet for all over. This will help to ensure your pores and hair follicles aren’t doing anything funny but are all growing in the right direction.

The first few days to a week or so will be tough. Things will be scratchy, itchy, and all over uncomfortable, especially if you are used to shaving daily. But the prickliness will not last forever. The reason people say that hair grows back thicker after you remove it is because the base of the hair follicle is, in fact, thicker than what the ends of the hair are. The longer your hair grows, no matter where on your body it is, it will feel smoother and softer. In just a few weeks, the hair will be nice and silky, and you’ll have no worries.

Letting the hair be does not mean zero grooming. I mean, it can if that’s your thing. But even most men with full beards do a bit of trimming now and again. All that means is clean up the stragglers and edges. A reason this is so important, especially will pubic hair, is that urine can build up in the hair. Yikes! But as long as you clean down there regularly, especially when it is your time of the month, you should be fine.

Finally, remember how awesome you’re being for overpowering society standards and owning your natural hair. And even if you decide to remove it all — you do you. Either way, what you do with your underarms, legs, and everywhere else is your choice. And if someone doesn’t like it, that is their problem, not yours.