Not By The Hair reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence of facial hair amongst women. Examining hair removal and self-image; cultural analogies between Americans and women worldwide; the heroine’s journey of tweezers, laser hair removal, and products between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the women themselves. Suneeta Shannon builds a women’s empowerment of evidence to support her claim that in some regions of the world, facial hair amongst women is fit for royalty. Combining impressive scholarship with a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Suneeta re-creates some of the most unspoken conversations with a comedic edge. In part one of Not By The Hair, we see clearly the unmistakable face of womanhood, the underlying medical cause for some women with facial hair, and the journey of one woman to share her atonement.