Core hygienic grooming, or femaxik (fem-aks-eek), revolves around the hide, hair, teeth, gashcol, and the gurxul. Femaxic rituals had been employed first by the original Subaki and Hizaki as a means of maintaining the health of their bodies, and those around them.
Filotax (Hide and Hair)
Full body cleanliness requires hot water or steam, surfactants that remove sebum from the hair, and the scraping of the hide with a device called a koxtax (koks-tacks) (hide-blade). Every residence has a filotax-pool (fee-low-taks) or shower designed to replicate the high flow hot springs found throughout the continent. Cold water pools are not for cleansing, but for recreation, as cooler temperatures stimulate hormonal activity. Pools run small enough for one person, large enough to accommodate a pod (6 to 7 citizens), or can be procured estate-sized with multiple rooms, similar to the communal washing pools located in Paxicol Centers, Garden Clubs, and filotax rooms of the bluzsh. Standing showers, widespread among Bizaki and Subaki, come encased to serve as steam chambers. The ideal spray and water temperature sits at 120° F; anything higher presents a danger to donational age femmar, or the elderly. Falling or churning water serves as a natural abrasive, removing superficial bacteria and debris. It does not exfoliate the hide, and so the use of a koxtax, a curved pumice blade similar to strigil used by ancient helovx, is essential.
Cleansing of Femarctic hair varies by caste. Bizaki and Subaki have hair that is smooth and thin; specialized cleaners allow for daily wash and care. Hizaki and Zaxiri possess thick, voluminous hair that requires specialized care. Hizaki will have their hair molded into a style that is worn weekly, covering their hair during bathing, and washing it at a Style Sit before acquiring a new molding. Zaxiri, born with more hair than any other caste, require daily maintenance due to the engaging of sexual activity that dominates their lives. Marixi lack hair and thus use a koxtax designed for scalps.
Kalogos (Dental) Care
Femmar first emerged from their developmental pods with finely lobed triangular teeth. Evolving eating habits negated the need for pointed teeth and thus the Fifth Gen, the first created without the Femakixirpaxul, were born with incisors, canines, premolars, and molars, for the cutting and crushing of solid foods. Lobes and cusps remain for aesthetic reasons. Citizens routinely clean their teeth by jetting (using a kalogo-device to shoot treated water against the teeth), and visiting a kalogox (kal-oh-goks) (dentist) to remove plaque and tend to the gums, every three months.
Kalotix (Nail) Care
The hardened flats covering the tips of the fingers and toes contain the same dentin, enamel, and cementum as the teeth. Fingernails (kalotix /kal-oh-tiks/) require hydration, and prolonged dry conditions cause splitting and fading. All femmar keep their toenails shortened with a handheld buffing unit called a kalto, but aesthetic nail care varies by caste. Zaxiri prefer their kalotix long, often having them sharpened to a point, and painted for cosmetic appeal. Hizaki grow their kalotix just past the tip of the finger, squaring them off as most Hizaki engage in vocational swipe-boarding and want to keep their finger pads free of dust. The Hizaki fitat`femax has led to a variety color polishes and designs for fingernails. Many Subaki keep their kalotix modest depending on their vocation, while others will employ Hizaki-square tips or Zaxiri-points. All Bizaki wear their kalotix short, even those in administrative positions; painted kalotix is a sign of a bonded Bizak. Marixi employ a buffing tool in their hygiene kits to keep their kalotix short for Orta grooming standards. Kaltzin (kalt-sin) (manicurists/pedicurists) are citizens paid to care for fingernails, toenails, and feet. Bizaki run kaltzin stations are found in Style Sits across Ramaxia, while Subaki kaltzin employed by a Garden Club will work strictly by appointment when catering to Zaxiri. Tools utilized by a kaltzin are buffing tools, nail scissors or clippers, and a variety of cleaners, lotions, and colors.
Gaxilo (Genital) Care
Cleansing of the gashcol (gash-kol) (vaginal folds) and gurxul (gerks-ill) (urethro-anal orifice) prevents odors, itching, and discomfort, and fights bacterial infections of the guzshlix (goosh-leeks) (vagina) and rydok (rid-ock) (clitoris). Marixi must wear breathable fabrics because even when unaroused their large rydok protrude from the closed lips of their gashcol. Zaxiri remain at a higher risk for bacterial infections because their guzshlix remains dilated in a semi-aroused state. For Zaxiri (and other castes needing to cleanse only the gaxilo area) there are Gaxitax (gaks-ee-taks) Units. Tilting single-seat portable tubs allow for quick cleaning by immersing the lower portion of a seated citizen in hot jetted water.
A Gapurx (gap-irks) (colloquially known as the gape) is a thigh high toilet that is sat on by its user as one would an helovx saddle. Upon defecation or urination, the gapurx forces a stream of hot water over the gurxul followed by a blast of intensely strong air.
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