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)


LouisWalshsChristmasCloset Fri 04-Jan-13 19:56:39

yanbu although iv'e known a few people to do this who don't have the arms of teen wolf but hey ho.

LST Fri 04-Jan-13 20:02:07

I do. I don't think I'm weirdgrin

EuroShagmore Fri 04-Jan-13 20:02:30

I immac mine. Used to wax but I developed a wax allergy a few years ago. They weren't quite teen wolf hairy but enough to make me uncomfortable. I actually prefer them with about a month of regrowth. At that point they look "normal". But about a week after that they start to look noticeably hairy and need doing again. I'm planning on getting them lasered off soon.

somedayma Fri 04-Jan-13 20:03:42

I veet mine when the mood takes me. I'm not bothered by the hair when the mood doesn't take me

Iamsparklyknickers Fri 04-Jan-13 20:09:57

I am a hairy man-beast monster sad - very pale skin, very dark hair. It looks good on my head but in could do without the rest of it tbh - I had a tache when I was a kid!

I used to remove the hair, but my skin is pale enough (without a tan) that you can see the regrowth before it comes through the skin iykwim, I bleach it now. Still more hair than I would like, but at least my arm looks feminine next to dp's now!

HollyBerryBush Fri 04-Jan-13 20:12:54

It's just another one of those fashion things - I see it a lot in late teens/early 20's - bit like that odd mono-brow thing thats going on at the moment.

Teeb Fri 04-Jan-13 20:13:25

I've always shaved my arms, I see it as being no different to doing my legs.

I do. Same prob as Sparklyknickers.

The problem is not with the women who do it, but a society that prizes the hairless, infantilised look.

OldMacEIEIO Fri 04-Jan-13 20:17:26

The right to bare arms is a big thing over in the USA but I hope it doesnt catch on over here

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 04-Jan-13 20:17:46

I do it, started when I was 13 because everyone else was- and now the hair grows back dark instead of the blonde it was so I have to do it now

soontobeburns Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:07

YADNBU but I have bleached my arm hairbefore.

CloudsAndTrees Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:07

I was mine before holidays and in the summer. Lots of people do it. No weirder than shaving legs.

soontobeburns Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:39

Haha clouds to the second x-post.

The right to bare arms is a big thing over in the USA but I hope it doesnt catch on over here


Binkybix Fri 04-Jan-13 20:22:13

I can understand wanting hair free arms but if I were to do it I'd wax. People expect stubble on legs, but not arms I would have thought.

So don't do it then <shrugs>

I like the feel of shaved arms, feels really nice, especially if you are wearing something with silky sleeves.

MyNameIsSuz Fri 04-Jan-13 20:26:00

Another one here with dark arm hair, I veet mine... The hair takes months to properly grow back and i get a good few months of less visible, baby-fine regrowth while it does. I can't be the only one who does this???

FrazzleRock Fri 04-Jan-13 20:29:30

YABU to think they're weird to shave it.
Waxing on the other hand..... My arm hair doesn't seem to stop growing so I have to wax it off else I'd have to tie it back in bunches.

Shaving? <shudder> Think of the itchy re-growth!

FrazzleRock Fri 04-Jan-13 20:30:24

"YANBU to think they're weird to shave it"


gordyslovesheep Fri 04-Jan-13 20:30:49

I look like a monkey lady - but I draw the line at waxing my arms - life is WAAAYYYYYYY too short to worry about silly things like arm hair

Cutiecat Fri 04-Jan-13 20:33:38

Gosh I have always hated my hairy arms and never thought to remove the hair. I might well wax it off tonight. Where will it all stop?

Misty9 Fri 04-Jan-13 21:02:41

I don't know about weird - but dh was peering over my shoulder and thought the thread was about shaving your anus grin

I think people who shave their underarms and legs are kind of weird too, but I bet you don't. Yet it's the same thing!

else I'd have to tie it back in bunches

Sorry this made me giggle grin the image!

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

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 04-Jan-13 23:33:00

YABU You're being very unreasonable, as your OP manages to judge those who shave arms, and those who you think should. 'Hairy man-beast monster arms' indeed.

I remove arm hair. Perhaps if I didn't I'd fall into the man-beast category too? I am doomed.

Wishitwaswarmer Fri 04-Jan-13 23:35:57

I have honestly never even thought of arm hair as something to get rid of! I'm not overly hairy in general but do shave/wax/immac underarms, legs and bikini line. Am a bit worried now!

Wishitwaswarmer Fri 04-Jan-13 23:38:24

Meant to say YABU as it's not weird to shave excess hair that you don't want there, wherever it is. Many people do it every day on various bits of them. Arms are no different

WhySoSirius Fri 04-Jan-13 23:44:39

I'm not judging anyone, McWitch, but I have never come across shaved arms until today so you can forgive me for thinking it is odd! The man-beast comment was simply a humorous way to indicate that I could understand it of one had insanely hairy arms like my OH

Morloth Fri 04-Jan-13 23:59:39

I like my fur, I don't remove any body hair at all, with the exception of keeping my underarm hair clipped (not shaved) so that it doesn't catch on my gym clothes.

I don't understand the fashion for the removal of body hair. Just can't get my head around why it is preferred. But hey, whatever floats your boat. People can do what they like with their bodies, it is no skin off my nose.

DH shaves his face, so that we can see him. That is all the hair removal he does so I don't see why I have to do more. Other than haircuts obviously because long hair can be a PITA.

Cortana Sat 05-Jan-13 00:02:34

Men can have these worries too. DH has gone from a bit of chest fluff to what is rapidly becoming a rather naice hairy chest. I like to stroke him. I think it is very sexy, he is also a lovely ginger blonde which I love rubs thighs, turns out I was making him self conscious and he started making noises about shaving it. sad

squoosh Sat 05-Jan-13 00:14:28

Yup, men are becoming increasingly body hair aware.

Cathycomehome Sat 05-Jan-13 00:17:38

I didn't realise, but since I came on mumsnet, I have thought about hair removal! I think I am a product of my 90s youth. I shave legs and underarms, do bikini line, trim "bikini hair" that's it. My partner (2 years younger) shaves his face twice a week.

I'm out of step. There is NO WAY anyone other than a doctor for a good reason, or my partner for a different one is getting close to my fanjo.

Cathycomehome Sat 05-Jan-13 00:19:30

I realise you wee talking arm hair, it just felt another way I was out of touch, ad arm hair never occurred!

JustAHolyFool Sat 05-Jan-13 00:19:56

We were on the beach a while ago and this friend of a friend (who I fucking loathe anyway) told my male friend that he should trim his armpit hair.

What the hell? I couldn't believe it. I would never presume to tell someone what to do with their body hair, it's such a weird thing to do. Do people really care that much?

Besides which, I like armpit hair. It's a million times nicer than the rashy stubbly mess you sometimes see when people shave.

lotuseener Sat 05-Jan-13 00:20:48

I shave my arms and my toes! I can't be arsed with my bikini line though.....

Cathycomehome Sat 05-Jan-13 00:21:10

It is weird when you think about it. I have very long head hair.

Cutiecat Sat 05-Jan-13 01:56:23

I still remember being about 15 and a girl in my class stroking my arm hair and telling I was very hairy. It really upset me at the time as I have very dark hair but in the 20 years since then I have never thought of removing it. I just didn't think it was something that people did. You learn something new everyday. If you want to do it do it and if you think your friend has hairy arms just don't bloody mention it.

Beaverfeaver Sat 05-Jan-13 02:19:24

I love my hairy arms

Wouldn't like the stubbly inbetween feeling

EmpressMaud Sat 05-Jan-13 02:35:51

I confess I don't really notice if people shave their arms or not, but can vaguely recall some friends years ago who did.

I wouldn't ever do it. My hair is blonde and very fine, so scarcely noticeable anyway.

WhySoSirius Sat 05-Jan-13 09:18:00

I just simply didn't realise it was something people did! It's completely new to me.
It's a fashion office that I'm working in so I guess the "fashion" argument makes sense but if I'm being honest I guess shaving anywhere is weird when you really think about it I'm not going to stop though, socially conditioned or not it doesn't change the fact that I want to shave my legs and armpits

mumnotmachine Sat 05-Jan-13 09:40:01

Ive shaved my arms since I was a teenager, and toes as well, and knuckles!

My arms get shaved more often than my legs, espcially in winter!

EuroShagmore Sat 05-Jan-13 09:48:19

I know quite a few women who do. The common theme is that they are all pale skinned with dark hair or of arab/asian descent (so darker skin but very dark hair). Most women who do it don't advertise it, because it is not seen as "normal" to have so much hair there that you need to remove as opposed to e.g. shaving legs.

Meglet Sat 05-Jan-13 09:49:16

I've known a few beauticians who wax their arms. They offered to do mine but I declined as sods law I'd end up with another place to get ingrown hairs.

(Almost) whole body laser hair removal would be on my lottery win list.

rhondajean Sat 05-Jan-13 10:35:18

I honestly didn't realise it was a done thing except perhaps for a few women who had pcos type issues.

I have very very very fine practically invisible arm hair, and it has never ever occurred to me it might need done, however to make it up I had gorilla legs until a few years of waxing made it finer!

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