Fur You: A Conversation With Shane of @dermatologram

May we go deeper and discover the ingrowns of our stories.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s up to me. If it’s my life, then nobody gonna tell me how to live it. They can’t see the way I see it through my eyes.
— Tinashe Kachingwe, Shane of @dermatologram's favourite quote at the moment.
Photo Credit:  @ kokobeaute

Photo Credit: @kokobeaute

Enjoying his iced oat milk latte with AirPod’s in— or should I now say Bose’s in, blasting Nicki while walking the streets of New York, Shane, founder of @dermatologram, continuously basks in all things dew, kindness and love, in and out of his beautiful universe.

This is Fur You, a two part series sponsored by Fur, where I have the privilege to introduce you to two very important people close to me and share their beautiful shots, from wellness to music, and well, what fur really means to them.

Shane is a dear friend to me, one that I connect with on different wavelengths I could’ve never imagined, but here we are. A true friendship knows no distance, despite ours. I wanted to go deeper and discover the ingrowns of his story, so, I did.

All quoted lines are by Shane.

“I’m 23, living in NYC, and currently a marketer in the beauty industry. I find marketing interesting, but my happiest moments in my job are always when I’m overseeing content creation.”

Photo Credit:  @dermatologram

Photo Credit: @dermatologram

Wellness is wellness. What does wellness mean to you?

“To me, overall wellness includes wellness of the mind, body, and soul. I can eat all of the healthy food I want, and go to the gym 7 days a week, but if I am not taking care of my mind + mentality, then I wouldn’t consider myself “well” overall.”

Body, baby. Tell me what it means to you. How do you take care of it?

“Taking care of my body means getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night (although I prefer 9-10), hydrating regularly throughout the day, stretching, and limiting my coffee intake.”

How do you wish to break barriers and stigmas about body hair?

“I just want everyone to mind their own business when it comes to body hair. As long as we’re all practicing safe methods of hair removal, I really think that someone else’s body hair is nobody's business but their own, period. If you think otherwise please see a therapist.”

We often hear “boys in beauty.” What does that mean to you?

“I guess to me, “boys in beauty” just means the small % of men that contribute to the beauty community. I’m honored to be one!”

Ohhhh, Fur. Talk to me about your fave.

“My favourite Fur product is the Fur Oil! I love using it on my neck after shaving, or on my pubic area when I trim. It helps relieve + prevent the post-shave irritation I usually experience!”

Shop Fur Oil here.

Your 10 year-old self is listening. What are you telling him?

“I used to want to be hairy so badly, haha. So I guess I would tell him, “Relax. Not being super hairy isn’t necessarily going to be a bad thing when you’re older.”

Photo Credit:  @dermatologram

Photo Credit: @dermatologram

If you could shout one thing to the rooftops, what would it be?

“Can mercury get the f*** out of retrograde already. A bitch is going through it.”

Photo Credit:  @dermatologram

Photo Credit: @dermatologram

Love you for all of you, love you for all you do and all you are. Fur you, forever.

Discover more of Shane here.

Fur You: A Conversation With @christina.kassi

May we go deeper and discover the ingrowns of our stories.

I’m someone who comes off as a really strong person, but in reality I’m super sensitive. People tend to see me as kind and composed, even elegant, but to those closest to me I’m actually more neurotic and a perfectionist.
— Christina Kassi of Beauté Défilé
Photo Credit:  Christina Kassi

Photo Credit: Christina Kassi

Currently planted on the sand and beach in Greece, Christina Kassi, founder of Beauté Défilé, is basking in the eternal pursuit of an endless summer and indulging in the warmth of the Greek sun.

This is Fur You, a two part series sponsored by Fur, where I have the privilege to introduce you to two very important people close to me and share their beautiful shots, from wellness to music, and well, what fur really means to them.

As someone who I connected to instantaneously after starting my skincare journey and sharing it online, Christina and I grew and blossomed into friends that bonded and continue to bond over beauty, jewelry, skincare and fun projects together. I wanted to go deeper and discover the ingrowns of her story, so, I did.

All quoted lines are by Christina Kassi.

“I’m someone who comes off as a really strong person, but in reality I’m super sensitive. People tend to see me as kind and composed, even elegant, but to those closest to me I’m actually more neurotic and a perfectionist. I want people to know that no one is who they seem to be, and everyone has their own battles to fight whether internally or with what life throws at them.”

Photo Credit:  Christina Kassi

Photo Credit: Christina Kassi

I asked her to share what wellness means to her.

Wellness is actually kind of subjective when you think about it. To me wellness is being and feeling healthy, laughing, eating well, being with people you love and that love you. Wellness has nothing to do with beauty or with what you’re wearing, but things like skincare and clothes can actually make you feel better and express yourself more openly.”

Body. What does body mean to you? What does taking care of it mean to you?

“Sleeping at least 7 hours every night, drinking too much water, the mediterrenean diet, a type of exercise that makes you feel good after, and lots of exfoliation!"

How do you wish to break barriers and stigmas around body hair?

“I have had a lot of trouble in coming to terms with my body hair. I have hair everywhere (literally). When I was seven I shaved my arms because they were too hairy with my grandpa’s razors. That’s when my unhealthy relationship with my body hair started. Since that day I have wished for laser treatments all over my body, haha. I finally got around to lasering my legs and that really did make me feel so much better. I used to get so hypersensitive about my bikini area and obsess during summer so that it looks “perfect”. Now I kinda don’t care anymore. I am definitely against waxing and brazillians. I think having hair there is super important for feminine hygiene. Also, think about when you’re older and things don’t look at great down there. You’re going to want a blanket!”

All about Fur, so tell me your favourite…

“I love both the oil and the ingrown concentrate for different reasons. The Fur oil is a great multi use oil and I love how it softens my hair. The Ingrown Concentrate is pure magic. Love treating my areas with it after shaving and it definitely helps fight ingrowns and bumps.”

Shop Fur Oil here and Ingrown Concentrate here.

Are we babies? Maybe. Talk to your 10 year-old self. What is she listening you say to her right now?

“Stop caring about what boys think of you, they have no power over you, be kind to yourself, don’t touch your eyebrows, and use sunscreen.”

Photo Credit:  Christina Kassi

Photo Credit: Christina Kassi

If you could shout one thing to the rooftops, what would it be?

“I am so grateful for everything!”

Photo Credit:  Christina Kassi

Photo Credit: Christina Kassi

Love you for all of you, love you for all you do and all you are. Fur you, forever.

Discover more of Christina Kassi here.