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Hairy arms, are they acceptable?

(42 Posts)
bishbashboosh Sat 02-Nov-13 08:59:05


I've always shaved, waxed or veered my legs, armpits and bikini line but it struck me the other day I have never touched my arms.

It came to my attention when I read the instructions on the very and it mentioned arms!

My arms are quite hairyshock but the hair is quite fine.

What does everyone else do?

Leviticus Sat 02-Nov-13 09:21:54

I don't either and often wonder if other people think they're hairy! The hair is fine and blonde but I fear if I did it once it might look and feel coarser when it regrew. I think I'll leave it be.

Meglet Sat 02-Nov-13 09:27:46

I do. Because if they're left to their own devices they're very dark and hairy. I was always picked on at school in the 80's about it. I shave it down a bit and bleach the hair, there's still hair there but it's more subtle.

I've heard of people waxing their arms but I really don't want ingrowing hairs on my arms.

SarcasticMrKnowItAll Sat 02-Nov-13 09:28:52

I've been wondering this lately, would be interesting to hear what other women are doing

MortaIWombat Sat 02-Nov-13 09:34:18

I am not removing hair from my arms. And I am shock at people who are.
Armpits, yes - makes it less stinky.
Pubes, yes - it's a sex/hygiene thing for some.
Legs, ok - straggly hairs look shit through tights
Eyebrows - maybe it makes eyeshadow easier to apply?

But WHY arms? I see no benefit. Unless you are a monkey trying to masquerade as a human........ The hair on my head is very dark and hairy. It suits me. grin

Littleredsquirrel Sat 02-Nov-13 09:36:29

I am very hairy and have hairy arms. I'm olive skinned with dark hair and so the hairs show.

I have never removed them because of the regrowth but do bleach the hairs. it makes a difference.

My friend has had full body laser treatment. it is amazing. its like stroking a baby (disclaimer I have only stroked her arms not her whole body grin)

Meglet Sat 02-Nov-13 09:41:47

My natural arms are werewolf arms, no skin colour just dark hair. Which is why I reduce it a bit.

littlered full body laser treatment envy. Can you imagine the time that must save! My entire life revolves around what hair needs to be tackled next.

TreeMonkey Sat 02-Nov-13 09:53:15

I bleach mine. I'm quite pale but dark haired and my arms have quite long hairs on them too.

I was always very self concious of the dark hairs, tried waxing them a few times but it just felt weird. Bleaching them actually makes me look a bit more tanned too which is a bonus.

Sunnysummer Sat 02-Nov-13 09:54:13

Never do, because fine downy arm hair is better than arm stubble! My sister does and the regrowth is a huge pain.

trixymalixy Sat 02-Nov-13 09:57:44

No, I don't do anything. My sister's friend shaves her arms and always feels quite stubbly when you brush past her.

GobblersAnyKnobFucker Sat 02-Nov-13 10:07:55

I have really, really hairy arms, the hair is blondish, but there is so much of it and it is long (4-5cm) that it looks darker iyswim.

Not in a million year would I remove it, I love it, I also have a slighty hairy back and I love that too.

All the women on my mums side of the family are very hairy, but it has always been something we are proud of, that binds us together, couldn't care less what other people think of them.

TheBuskersDog Sat 02-Nov-13 10:13:52

that binds us together

sorry that made me laugh grin

melodycool Sat 02-Nov-13 10:14:27

I have dark hair and first I bleached, then went onto waxing which, over time, significantly reduced the density of the hair. I have now completed a course of laser removal and I love my smooth arms.
Makes a huge difference to me.

sonu678 Sat 02-Nov-13 10:16:04

I wax in the summer, but not the winter. But then I am from a hot country and over there we all have smooth hariless arms, yet hairy legs, because our legs are never actually on display.
In the winter in the uk I get goosebumps without my hair.

FriendlyElephant Sat 02-Nov-13 10:18:02

I shaved my arms when I was about 14 and I've been doing it every bloody day since because the stubble just feels horrible. But I can't imagine not doing it now. I cant remember what having hairy arms felt like, but I remember that I decided to shave them when I looked down and thought I looked like a blonde monkey, and for that reason I really dont want to grow it back in ever.

MirandaWest Sat 02-Nov-13 10:22:14

I used hair removing cream on my arms when I was a teenager. Don't do anything now - they're probably about 3-5cm I guess. Not too dark. Am just used to them I suppose.

Rumplestiltskinismyname Sat 02-Nov-13 10:29:22

Relatively hairy arms- wouldn't dream of doing anything other than loving, the teeny tiny extra bit of warmth it brings me!! I am always freezing cold... So any extra hair helps!! grin

Megbeth Sat 02-Nov-13 10:30:19

I am a beauty therapist. You can bleach it to make it less noticeable. Some people wax it if hairs are very dark but most people leave it.

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Sat 02-Nov-13 10:30:29

I have dark hair on my arms. The hair is soft.and downy. Its a mousy brown colour, rather than black, and I dont feel.it is massively noticeable.

I couldnt face shaving them every day,.dont ofren have my whole arms uncovered,.and bleaching would.make the hair gleam against my skin.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 02-Nov-13 10:33:19

The hair on my arms is the only body hair I like - its very soft and blonde. Also my arms are very freckly and moley so removing hair would be problematic.

Agree with AwesomeWellies though I recognise if you have dark hairy arm hair, you would feel differently.

PacificDogwood Sat 02-Nov-13 10:36:54

Gobbers, your arm hair is 4-5 cm long?? Really? 2 inches? Ku-DOS <impressed> And Miranda, you too? Centimeters? I never knew....

I don't and I wouldn't remove arm hair - and I think it looks a bit strange when I notice adult women's arms being totally smooth.

FreeAtLastAtLongLast Sat 02-Nov-13 10:44:21

I told my aunt I was thinking of epilating my arms, and she put me right off. About 30 years ago she decided to wax her arms. She did one arm, and it was so painful she didn't wax the other. Even now, the arm that got waxed has darker thicker hair shockshock imagine what it would have looked like after 30 years of waxing confused

alemci Sat 02-Nov-13 10:48:06

my arms are quite hairy but tbh I won't bother. I will live with it.

bishbashboosh Sat 02-Nov-13 10:51:38

Glad it is not just me that has this dilemma! I always thought hairy arms were normal and acceptable and at the age of 33 have never tried to remove them. I'm really dark but my arm hairs are fair-ish. My arms are tanned so it looks fine to me.

I did read somewhere that hairy armed people are if superior Intelligencegrin

Obviously not intelligent enough to make my mind up about what to do with my hairy arms.

JumpingJackSprat Sat 02-Nov-13 10:52:57

Hairy arms are totallly normal. As are hairy legs but most of us De hair those due to social pressure.

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