Hey! Welcome to The Sisterhood. This is going to be a girls-only mini-blog series that I will post every so often. If you enjoy it or have any feedback, please tell me. If you want to post in The Sisterhood too, let me know through the comments. Have fun :)
So, sisters. Let’s talk bodies. ...this is going to be a very awkward and weird post... brace yourselves.
I wanna get this clear and out in the open: I’m not ashamed to say the P-word. Period. There, I said it. Big deal. I’m not ashamed to say the B-word either. Breasts. See! Here we are not ashamed, sisters (lol I sound like James Charles from all the sisters-ing).
Okay, so how many of you have hit puberty? It’s fun, huh? *sarcasm alert* So yeah, quick puberty overview; you get hairy, you get sweaty, you get breasts and you get your period. I figure y’all know about babies... etc. Basically, puberty is a girl’s body growing so she can make a baby (although she’s only physically able to produce the human. Whether she can care for it yet is something else).
Anyway. Puberty brings inner changes to your body; periods, hormones and baby organs (The Sisterhood will do a post on periods quite soon) but also outer changes, such as getting sweatier, hairier and curvier. Also, you get breasts.
OUTSIDE BODY CHANGES 101
- Breasts: you’ll probably have to wear a bra at some point, so it’s worth measuring yourself up now and talking to your mum/big sister/aunt/friend etc. If you play a lot of spot, you’ll probably want a sports bra as well. (The Sisterhood will do a post on breasts/bras in the near future).
- Hairy legs: you don’t have to shave your legs at all. Not shaving keeps the hair soft and short, and it will grow much slower. If you decide to shave, ask your mum/aunt/sister/friend to help you the first time in case you cut yourself.
- Hairy armpits: if you want to shave, trim it with a less-than-close-cutting electric razor a few times before you do the real deal and shave it all off with a proper razor.
- Hairy lady land/down there/private parts: no matter you call your place, it’s gonna get hairy there so be prepared. Wait a few years before you shave here, trim the hair with round scissors to avoid cutting yourself.
- Spots: you’re gonna get really sweaty, so make sure to find a good face wash that doesn’t irritate your skin or have plastic microbeads in it. Use it once/twice a day and don’t cover up your spots with makeup, it will make them much worse. Try not to squeeze spots, it can leave scars. If you have really bad acne, ask your parent(s) about seeing a dermatologist.
- Sweat: wash every day and find a deodorant/antiperspirant that works for you. Your sweat will change over time, so have a backup brand if your current one stops working for you. Try to shower every two or three days.
- Greasy hair: use conditioner when washing your hair if you don’t already. Tie your hair up if you can to keep it off your neck and stop you sweating as much. Wash your hair more often and use serum if it helps the frizz of drying.
- Curves: women are naturally curvy so your shoulders will get broader, your hips will widen most (this is for giving birth if you ever do it) and your bum and thighs will get bigger too. You might need to get new jeans if your old ones don’t fit your curves; children’s clothes tend to be quite boxy.
Don’t compare your body to other people’s. Everyone is different so don’t feel pressured to look a certain way or whatever, just keep clean and healthy and you’ll be fine. You might think, ‘oh, but she’s got nicer curves than me,’ but the chances are she’s thinking, ‘I wish I had hair like her.’ Everyone feels insecure about themselves sometimes, so remember you can always post a question and tag the-sisterhood.
Hope you enjoyed the post, i think it was quite long for an introductory post/small article. if you have any ideas for more topics we could do, please suggest or if you have questions or thoughts just ask in the answers section #standupforyoursisters :)