Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Q&A: Hairy Arms

Q. I hate the hair on my arms! I tried shaving it but the skin got irritated and my arms felt stubbly. What should I do?

A. Some people bleach the hair if it is dark to make it less noticeable but then, you still have the hair. 

The next easiest method is to trim the hair with clippers. Clip in the direction the hair grows to make it shorter (about 1/4 inch) and less noticeable.  Too short will make your arms feel stubbly.

There are depilatories such as Nair. They break the hair off just under the skin and last a few days. The problem is, many people are sensitive to the chemicals. 

Waxing works well to remove arm hair. It will last about 3 weeks, will regrow and can be waxed again in 4-5 weeks when the hair is about 1/8-1/4 inch long. The hair will become finer and more sparse with continuous waxing.

You could try laser. It requires several treatments, works best on dark hair and is a bit expensive. Look for a Med Spa that is run a dermatologist that specializes in laser hair removal. 

I think waxing is the best option for a large area that needs hair removal. Look for a full service salon or spa that does body waxing. It should take about 30 minutes to wax the lower part of your arms.  Add on another 15 minutes to do more above the elbow. The process will get quicker and easier the more you wax.

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