To think that shaving your arms is weird?

(70 Posts)
WhySoSirius Fri 04-Jan-13 19:52:33

Unless you have horrendous, hairy man-beast monster arms in which case it's probably advisable to do so in order to avoid the villagers getting out their pitchforks and torches.

A girl at work was showing me something on my PC today and I couldn't drag my eyes away from her babies-bottom smooth arms (clearly paying a lot of attention to her instructions)

AIBU?

directoroflegacy Fri 04-Jan-13 21:18:13

Used to bleach them then veet til developed an allergy to it so now I shave.
I used to be so self conscious of them.
("Have" to do my fingers too- am the original hairy knuckled one!!)

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Fri 04-Jan-13 21:22:19

I am dark and hairy.
I battle my tache, my bush should be in Australia yet my arms are hairless!
If you saw them you'd think I did remove the hair.

Damn, wish the rest was the same.......

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Fri 04-Jan-13 21:24:18

I don't do anything to mine but I don't think it's weird to remove hair. It's societal innit?

I have few, unnoticeable, brown hairs.

Don't do anything to my downstairs mixup either.

SarahBumBarer Fri 04-Jan-13 22:01:46

I have one of those rubby pad things which just kind of rubs the hair off. I have very fair hair it is hardly noticeable but I just like the feel of having hairless arms. Can't believe you find it so weird hmm yabu

Cortana Fri 04-Jan-13 22:08:16

Until you know the joy that is being a very pale, dark haired woman YABU. When I get out of the bath you'd be forgiven for thinking I'd shaved the dog in there. <strokes 'tache thoughtfully> YABVU.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Fri 04-Jan-13 22:17:11

I am very pale and dark haired. Irish colouring. Still don't bother though.

I shave or wax my legs that's all.

WhySoSirius Fri 04-Jan-13 22:52:26

I AM pale and dark haired but have a normal amount of hair on my arms (abnormal amount on head, but if I was to have too much hair anywhere then it'd be that) but never really considered my arms to be honest <stares at arms critically> I guess they are hairy.
Thought that was normal!

squoosh Fri 04-Jan-13 22:57:10

I only discovered recently that some people did this. I was surprised.

Essexmamma Fri 04-Jan-13 22:58:04

I veet too if going out etc, very fair but think it looks nicer especially if fake tanning too

Fozzleyplum Fri 04-Jan-13 23:00:52

A question to anyone who does this - is the regrowth stubbly or fine? Sounds like a faff if you have to do it regularly to avoid bristly arms.

Having said that, I recall that a schoolfriend (who was amazingly pretty and had a mane of dark hair) agonised over what she could do about the black hair on her forearms which she measured at 7cm long. I would definitely shave or be waxed if I had that.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Fri 04-Jan-13 23:01:13

Oh you mean ARMS not UNDERarms ?

Cripes I'm slow. Well in that case that is definitely weird hmm

My friend at school did this but insisted she didn't.

"A question to anyone who does this - is the regrowth stubbly or fine?"

Not stubbly like leg hair.

wonkylegs Fri 04-Jan-13 23:02:00

I probably look like I shave mine but I'm just not very hairy... My arms especially look hairless. My legs I shave tops 2 times a year and my under arms when they start to be fuzzy after about 2.5mths. It grew more when I was pregnant which was a shock but otherwise I'm just not that hairy and what there is is extremely fine & fair.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Fri 04-Jan-13 23:02:46

Hee growback was stubble. Very obvious. Made worse by the denial.

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 04-Jan-13 23:03:06

I have the arms of teen-wolf. I let them grow. Can't be arsed to shave them. It's not so bad in the summer as they go a bit blonder.

JustAHolyFool Fri 04-Jan-13 23:03:57

I can't believe so many women remove their arm hair! I have honestly never noticed another woman's arm hair. Like, at all.

Meglet Fri 04-Jan-13 23:04:47

I'm half yeti. I shave and bleach my arm hair.

Was always bullied and teased for it so I gave in and pretend it doesn't exist.

bickie Fri 04-Jan-13 23:05:46

Just had my arms waxed tonight - it kills - but I hate hairy arms. Stupid isn't it!

I used to hate the hair on my arms (not hairy elsewhere, but was not happy with arms). Then I moved to Japan 20 years ago and found that everyone de-haired themselves there with an immac like mousse. So I started doing it as well, and wow my life was transformed. Done it ever since.

SirBoobAlot Fri 04-Jan-13 23:08:57

I have PCOS, so very dark hair, and the startings of a tache by the looks of things, I have a few dark hairs on my upper lip sad

I'm not doing anything about it firstly because I don't want to conform to what society tells me I 'should' look like as a woman, and secondly, more materialistically, because once you start shaving / waxing you have to carry on because the hair will grow back thicker, darker and quicker. And I think I would probably like hairless arms less than I do the dark hairs I currently have.

Totally understand why people do it, though.

WhySoSirius Fri 04-Jan-13 23:16:49

Another bonus of hairless arms is that you will go faster when shot out of a cannon.

It's looking like all pluses at the mo

2rebecca Fri 04-Jan-13 23:25:11

I think unless you have very hairy arms then you have to watch you aren't becoming a bit obsessive and body dysmorphic when you start regularly removing hair from your arms. Some people (usually young women) can get very strange about the slightest hint of body hair.
I think life's too short to shave my arms, I only do my legs in summer. I've never met a man who has been bothered by arm and leg body hair in a woman either way.
Alot of women get folliculitis from constant hair removal as well, fine soft hair on your arms is much nicer than spotty arms, same re your foof.

TheWheelies Fri 04-Jan-13 23:27:13

I epilate my arms. I'd be hairier than a hairy thing if I didn't. I love having hair-free arms (and legs and underarms).

Alittlestranger Fri 04-Jan-13 23:27:46

It sounds silly as I'm quite self-conscious about my appearance, but I've only recently noticed that I have hairy man arms. Like seriously, I was looking at my arm in bed and for a moment I thought I had company for once. And I've only just clocked that this isn't "normal" for women. I'm now wondering if I should de-fluff. So yes, YABU.

I have inch-long arm hair, very fine but also quite dark and definitely noticeable - I had huge issues with it as a teen so never bared my arms in public. Not fun.
Have got over it since, but am still way hairier than any other woman I know.

I tried waxing my arms before my wedding on the advice of my blonde-no-arm-haired sister, baaaaaad idea! All it did was give me awful ingrown hairs and red pimply arms. Ugh.
But having bare arms felt lovely, and it was nice not looking down at the orangutan pelt in the summer. Might try Veeting them, see if that works for me! smile

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