Post # 1
Ok, I hope this doesn’t come off as too vain or anything, but I’ve always been a little self conscious of my rather dark arm hair and am considering getting rid of it for the wedding. I was wondering if any of you have any experience with this and could give me some advice. What method do you use to get rid of your arm hair?
I’m not sure if I can wax…I’m the type that slowly pulls off my bandaids because the thought of ripping it off scares me and I don’t have the money to pay someone else to do it every couple weeks. I was thinking of trying nair or something like that, but I’m not sure how well it would work. I’ve tried it on my legs multiple times with little results, but I imagine leg hair is much more stubborn so maybe it would work better for this. What have you tried? What does and does not work?
I guess the main thing stopping me is knowing that if something goes wrong and I don’t like it it will take a while to grow back in. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!
Post # 3
Wax it girl. It is not as bad as you think. I promise!!! Just go and try it. Seriously. I had a bikini wax done and that was far more painful of an experience! I get my arms hair waxed and seriously, I do it just as regularly as getting my eyebrows waxed. It doesn’t phase me anymore. (And just think- if ever you need a bandaid on your arm- it’s already waxed so you don’t have to remove it carefully!) Also, once you start waxing your arms regularly, the hair is shorter- so you won’t feel the pull as bad on your arm. It feels warm & relaxin. I promise. Don’t set it aside until you try it. get some recs of good places in your area…
Now if you told me you have delicate skin that is a different story…
Just do it! Try it!
Post # 4
I’m sure if you started waxing it on a regular basis, you’d get used to it. It only hurts for a second, right?
I’ve heard people say that you’re "not supposed to" shave arm hair, for whatever reason, but I actually do. I’ve done it for years and, contrary to the old wives’ tale, I’ve never noticed it growing back darker or thicker. I just let it grow until it starts to look gross and then shave it again.
Post # 5
I use Nair on my arms. It’s ok, i do it like every two weeks and it’s not that big of a deal. Waxing may provide longer lasting results though.
Post # 6
ChaiAnkh99 – Yeah, I don’t believe that old wives tale either. The main thing I’m worried about with shaving is that I have keratosis pilaris, those bumps on the backs of my arms, and I’m worried shaving over them might aggrivate it. The hair there is fairly thin and light, but it might still look a little odd if I just don’t shave there.
Sparkles – How often do you get your arms waxed? Do you have to let your hair grow back in a certain length before you can wax again? What about when you first went – did you have to trim it down first or anything?
Thanks for the input!
Post # 7
I get my eyebrows and arms waxed every ~2-2 1/2 wks. When I first went- I didn’t trim it down before going. I just had her go for it. She goes up to the deltoid (or where a short sleeved shirt would reach to)
I think I was used to doing the arm thing after my years of swimming on the swim team… I have never ever gotten any ingrown hairs on my arm (and I am a thick haired hairy hispanic girl)… TMI?
I don’t need to have my hair a certain length before I go back for touch ups. When it gets waxed it pretty much gets it all… And when it grows back- the hair is so faint- you can’t tell I need a ‘trim’ so to speak. Not until most of the hair is growing in…But I don’t wait for it to get to that point. I justhave it waxed to keep it up.
I feel less subconcious about my arms now than before… But I have been doing this for yrs now. And it is like one of those routine girlie things. (It takes the place of dying my hair or getting my nails done- which I never do right now).
Post # 8
I use an epilator on mine
Post # 9
I’ve waxed my arms for occasions before…not regularly. I do get some bumps that last a day or so, so probably give yourself a few days in case you react. But it remains pretty smooth for a while. It doesn’t boether me enough to do it regularly, but I might get it done for the wedding as well.
Post # 10
have you considered laser hair removal? it’s a more expensive but permanent option.
Post # 11
I would love to have laser hair removal (esp for my legs!), but I’m in grad school and there’s no way I can afford it right now. Hopefully after I graduate and have a nice job I can look into getting it done 🙂
Thanks everyone for your input. I’m not sure which route I’ll try first, but I’m relieved to know that pretty much every method has been used with success. I’m definately feeling more confident and ready to go for it!
Post # 12
I waxed mine a few years ago because I am some how pale with darker arm hair (grrr thanks dad!)
I HATED it!!!!! It wasn’t so bad when I kept it waxed, but I felt self conscious because it was easy to see when I was cold or hot (you can see the veins more and sometimes blotche when hot.)
Then letting the hair grow out took FOREVER!!! I wore longs sleeves for months because it look so weird when the hair was growing back (agan, thanks for the dark hair dad!)
Post # 13
OK – just my own personal experience. I have very dark arm hair (yay for being Italian!) and also VERY sensitive skin. I tried Nair once and was left with red, irritated arms and prickly bumps. Not fun. I haven’t tried waxing but I like to bleach it with Jolen. It makes the hair really light and really fine and lasts for a couple of weeks. Much less painless option for me! 🙂
Post # 14
I also bleach my arm hair – I never even thought about waxing it… I don’t have a problem with arm hair, its just the dark brown that bothers me – so I think I’ll stick with the bleach.
Post # 15
WAX, WAX, WAX!!
I’m a regular arm waxer and I love it. I agree with the above comments that the pain is quick and the results last a pretty long time. I think arms are much less painful than, for example, the bikini zone… And it always grows in a little more sparse and takes a long time to completely grow back. I actually wax my own arms, that’s how use to it I’ve gotten! Five stars.
Post # 16
I have really dark hairy arms too, at least I used to. I waxed a few years ago for a wedding I was in. They were so soft and smooth! The pain wasn’t that bad; I’m comparing it to the one and only time I went for a bikini wax, ouch!!! Anyway, since the arm wax, I just shave my arms about once a week or two. Works well for me.