Hairy arms trouble.

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Blushing bee

I have oddly hairy arms.  Like fine hairs but dark (naturally brunette, but body hair is jet black…yay) and a lot of it.  I got really self conscious about it in high school and tried many things but finally stuck with shaving.  Bleaching would work for photos but if you’ve got a lot of arm hair it looked a bit weird in person to me.  After that I tried a home waxing kit.  Easy to do, doesn’t really hurt (like if a brazilian wax is a 7 on the pain scale, arms are like a 4), but I hate the re-growth period where you have to let it get somewhat long to be able to wax again.  I have stuck with shaving for over 15 years now, and it works well.  A few quick swipes in the shower every other day and it’s good.  Over time the growth has really slowed down and I think if I did just stop shaving there would be much less hair than I had before, but it’s so easy and I like the results so I have stuck with it.  You can also use a wet/dry electric razor and you can do it anytime, takes 2 minutes at most.

Post # 32
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1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’ve been shaving my arms for 13 years. You’d have to do it the day of your wedding though

Post # 33
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748 posts
Busy bee

Arm hair grows different than leg hair. When you keep shaving it – eventually it doesn’t grow back and there is zero stubble. People have complimented me on how smooth my arms are and I rarely shave them now. 

Post # 34
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Blushing bee

I’ve been shaving me arms since college and it works for me. 

Post # 35
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Honey bee

I have dark hair on my arms. I had planned to bleach it for the wedding but in the end I couldn’t be bothered. Honestly, it’s just hair. These are my arms I’ve had for my whole life- I just can’t muster up enough effort to really care about how hairy they are. You can’t even see it in the wedding pictures. 

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

If you decide to wax (I recommend!), it’s totally worth it to go see a professional. It’s quick, barely hurts, and is fast. I’m always happier with a professional wax than anything I do at home.

Get it done at least 4 days before the wedding day. Your skin will be red and blotchy for a few days after.

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Nair only removes hair above and just barely below the surface. A person can easily feel stubble within a day or two of using it (at least from my experience, but perhaps I am overly furry). Waxing, IMO, is a much better solution. While I don’t have much hair on my arms, waxing the hair on my legs and other areas has made it grow back in much finer and lighter than before. Nair did not for me. Nothing like ripping hair out at its roots to damage the follicles and make them question their existence!

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

JosieeBee :  Ugh I feel your pain.  I’m from an ethnicity that is known for hairiness, and I have fair skin, so the contrast in dark hair and fair skin just made me so self-conscious for years.  I was teased about it when I was a kid.

I think the best thing for your wedding is to have your arms waxed.  Stubble isn’t sexy if you plan on going on your honeymoon right after the wedding. 

Many years ago, I got tired of waxing, bleaching, chemical hair removals….I was so fed up.  So I had electrolysis done.  This was before laser hair removal became popular.  I still have hair on my arms today but FAR less noticeable since the hair is thin and lighter. 

Having said that, I don’t recommend electrolysis because it is extremely time-consuming and expensive.  But after your wedding, if you still want to explore hair lightening options, I’d recommend laser hair removal.  Since your wedding is not that far away, you probably would be better off waxing done for the time being.  I had laser hair removal done to my bikini line and underarms a few years ago.  So happy with the results.  And because I’m fair-skinned with dark hair, I was an ideal candidate since the contrast in skin/hair color helps make the laser treatment more effective.  It only took 4 treatments and $500 for my bikini line and I’m so happy with the results.  I don’t remember how much my underarms were, but less.

Good luck whatever you decide!  There is hope!

Post # 40
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1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I use Veet on my legs and bikini area and it works great and lasts a few weeks. Never tried it on my arms but I would imagine it would work well.

Post # 41
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512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have PCOS and have really hairy arms.  I’m going to use nair a few days before the wedding and then run a razor over them the night before just to clean up.  Beware, Nair STINKS but it works really well.

Post # 42
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Worker bee

JosieeBee :  I’ve shaved my arms since high school… maybe even middle school. I only shave them once a week now but i could go even longer if I wanted. It’s no big deal, I would just shave them, cheapest and quickest thing and really upkeep is easy in my opinion

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

I’m super hairy, haven’t got PCOS, but my dad and brother are really hairy so think it just runs in the family, my hair is dark and I’m very pale so it really shows up. Please do not shave, it leaves you with stubble and when it starts to come through it looks very odd. Nair basically does the same thing, so I would avoid that too. I recommend either waxing or bleaching, but when you bleach don’t let the hair become platinum blonde as it can look odd, leave it on long enough for it to become golden blonde and it looks very natural, like it got bleached by the sun. 

Post # 44
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Honey bee

I have blond hairs on my arm and blond peachfuzz on my face. But on your wedding day no one is going to notice the hair on your arms. That being said, I would NOT wax at all close to the wedding. Your skin may very well have some sensitivity issues. I think the same is true for the bleach.

Shaving might be your best bet. My son’s gf/soon to be fiancée is Indian with the most gorgeous long black hair ever.. But along with the beautiful tresses comes the need to shave apparently. I can honestly say I’ve never noticed the hair or the shaving. I didn’t know about it until my daughter told me. They will probably have hairy kids lol. I’m just glad to get a little color in this pale damoly.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies

I have more hair than my fiance lol (I like that on him though!) .. it’s dark brown and really thick. I use Nair/Sally Hansen on my face every couple of weeks, and I usually just bleach my arms in the summer when they’re more exposed. I usually don’t really care or notice though.. I can’t bring myself to not have arm hair!

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