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Women, do you cut, pluck, etc your excess body hair? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey from DIMSDRIVE Research took a look at women’s excess body hair, and found hairy armpits the biggest concern for them, and ordinary manual shaving the most popular way of getting rid of it.

Demographics

Between the 9th and 24th of June 2010 8,334 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.1% of the sample were male, 0.7% in their teens, 11.0% in their twenties, 31.4% in their thirties, 31.6% in their forties, 16.9% in their fifties, and 8.4% aged sixty or older. Furthermore, 63.2% were married, and of the remaining 3,065, 28.7% had a partner, 63.4% did not, and 7.9% just didn’t want to say.

I don’t think my wife gets too bothered by excess hair; by that I mean that she doesn’t have much in the first place. She’s forever shaving her eyebrows, but that’s for beauty reasons so she can draw them back on with a pencil.

Research results

Q1: How much attention do you pay to your own excess body hair? (Sample size=3,992, female)

Quite a bit 32.4%
A little 38.7%
Not very much 27.1%
None at all 1.8%

Not surprisingly, younger women were more concerned – 89.1% of those in their twenties versus just 17.7% were bothered versus just 17.7% of those aged sixty or older.

Q2: Do you cut, pluck, etc your excess body hair? (Sample size=3,992, female)

Yes (to SQs) 67.2%
No 19.6%
Have had permanent treatment done, so don’t need to now 5.7%
Just not needed (little excess hair) 7.5%

Married women were least likely to trim their excess hair, just three percentage points behind partnerless singles; about 10 percentage point more of those with boyfriends kept their hair under control.


Q2SQ1: In what seasons do you keep which excess hair under control? (Sample size=2,684, multiple answer)

  Spring Summer Autumn, winter
Underarm 82.2% 91.4% 72.8%
Eyebrows 72.4% 71.9% 71.8%
Around the mouth 64.2% 63.9% 63.2%
Lower leg 59.6% 73.5% 46.2%
Around the face 59.4% 59.4% 58.6%
Nose hair 38.2% 38.4% 38.0%
Lower arm 37.3% 49.0% 25.9%
Hands, fingers 33.0% 37.1% 30.3%
Upper arms 22.7% 36.9% 14.8%
Feet, toes 21.8% 28.5% 17.7%
Bikini line 21.3% 30.0% 19.9%
Thighs 18.0% 28.5% 13.7%
Delicate zone 14.7% 19.3% 13.8%
Stomach 10.2% 13.7% 9.2%
Chest 9.6% 11.7% 8.6%
Back of neck 8.7% 10.5% 8.0%
Shoulders, back 4.4% 8.5% 3.2%
Other location 1.2% 1.4% 1.2%
Nowhere during that season 1.9% 0.0% 3.7%

Manual shaving was the most popular method for everywhere except the nose, with scissors being the most popular. And since I guess you’re all wanting to know, about 85% used a razor for tidying up downstairs, with plucking (waxing?) being the second most popular method.

Q2SQ2: What are the basic features you look for when selecting excess body hair management goods? (Sample size=2,684, multiple answer)

Easy to use 56.6%
Price 54.4%
Little, no pain 36.1%
Beautiful finish 33.%
Care method (bleaching, removal, etc) 30.2%
Hair doesn’t quickly grow back 12.9%
Design, shape 7.4%
No smell 6.0%
Word of mouth 4.0%
Quick-acting 3.8%
Difficult to dry out 3.0%
Immediate acting 2.5%
Skin whitening, moisturising effect included 1.8%
Cream type 1.6%
Foam type 1.6%
In vogue 1.2%
Includes soy isoflavone 0.9%
Spray type 0.6%
Liquid type 0.5%
Other 0.9%
Don’t use, buy care goods 5.3%
Nothing in particular 11.1%

Q2SQ3: What problems have you had with excess body hair management? (Sample size=2,684, multiple answer)

Grew back quickly 74.4%
Couldn’t manage it tidily 38.8%
After management still had a prickly feeling 38.0%
Got ingrowing hair 34.6%
After management pores got all bumpy 31.1%
Are places that I just cannot reach myself 30.3%
Cut myself shaving 26.3%
Skin got dried out, rough afterwards 26.0%
Skin got itchy afterwards 19.7%
Places got dark afterwards 18.6%
Hair got gradually thicker 17.5%
Takes time to manage 14.4%
Pores widened 11.5%
It hurt 11.2%
Other 0.6%
No particular problems 9.7%

Q2SQ4: At what times do you get bothered by your excess body hair? (Sample size=2,684, multiple answer)

When wearing thin clothes 60.7%
When wearing something sleeveless 59.2%
When wearing clothes that show some leg 54.1%
When wearing a swimsuit 41.5%
When holding onto the overhead strap on trains, busses 38.9%
At the onsen 37.7%
At the swimming pool, gym 33.5%
When I see someone else’s excess body hair 32.0%
When wearing stockings 28.8%
When having sex 27.6%
When my skin is touched 26.5%
When getting changed in front of people, otherwise having to expose skin 26.2%
When a man is close 24.9%
When wearing clothes that expose my back 16.4%
When kissing 14.2%
When I have my hair up 11.7%
When linking arms 10.7%
Other 1.5%
No particular times 3.2%

Q3: Are you bothered by excess female body hair? (Sample size=4,342, male)

Often (to SQ) 16.0%
Sometimes (to SQ) 38.7%
Almost never 28.2%
Never 17.1%


Q3SQ: Excess female body hair in which locations bother you? (Sample size=2,373, multiple answer)

Underarm 71.5%
Lower leg 36.7%
Nose hair 32.3%
Around the mouth 30.7%
Around the face 25.3%
Upper arms 22.7%
Thighs 16.6%
Bikini line 16.5%
Shoulders, back 15.2%
Lower arms 14.5%
Hands, fingers 14.5%
Delicate zone 14.3%
Back of neck 12.8%
Chest 10.6%
Feet, toes 10.4%
Eyebrows 10.4%
Stomach 9.0%
Other location 0.7%

Q4: Have you ever removed excess body hair for the sake of the opposite sex? (Sample size=8,334)

  All Male
N=4,342
Female
N=3,992
Yes 13.4% 16.3% 10.3%
No 86.6% 83.7% 89.7%
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    March 29, 2011 @ 19:00

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  2. What? said,
    June 23, 2011 @ 19:05

    WTH IS THIS?

  3. Old Perv said,
    June 25, 2011 @ 03:24

    Wow … 40% of Japanese women have nose hair problems!!! The middle aged men of the world can rejoice, we are not alone in our secret shame.

    But please tell me specifically, what is a “Delicate zone”. Are we talking “VAGINA” here?

    But isn’t it VAGINAL hair that sprouts out of the “Bikini Line” too? I am confused … what could be more delicate?

    Are we talking LABIAL or perhaps even PERINEUM and ANAL hair? Let’s be honest, nothing could be more delicate than removing ANAL hair … plucked, waxed or shaved sir? Does CHEST include NIPPLE too?

    And what about ASSHAIR? Is the survey saying no Japanese women have any ASSHAIR at all?

    That’s just not true (and I don’t need a survey to tell me that).

    Excuse the capitals but I am trying to make a point here.

    Another one of those wonderful daft surveys that are written so politely no one has a clue what they mean.

    Boy, I am surprised. 60% of Japanese women have beards and 30% have hands like chimpanzees that need shave. Paints quite another picture of womanhood, does it?

    There is no need for me to let that guy at the barbers try and stick the hedge trimmer in my ears now. I am a now an officially liberated Naked and Hair Ape.

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