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Question: Should I shave my arms? I hate how hairy they are!

Answer: The short answer to this question is that your body is your body, and you can do whatever you want to it (as long as you’re comfortable).

When you shave, hair tends to grow back very quickly—and it’s coarser than before. This is because when you shave, you remove hair above the surface of your skin (rather than at its root).

I have thick, dark hair, and when I used to shave my arms, it required a lot of upkeep. If your hair is on the lighter side, and if you are okay with the idea of maintenance—let’s say, shaving your arms once or twice a week—then I would say it’s a viable option. However, it’s not the only option, and I would argue that it’s not the most effective one. For example, you can purchase hair removal creams, such as Nair ($5.61,, at your local drugstore. Products like Nair dissolve hair at the follicle, keeping you smooth for longer. Just make sure you test the formula on a small patch of  skin before slathering the cream on your arms—some people have allergic reactions!

Another option—and my personal favorite—is waxing. Though it’s more expensive (you’re paying for a service, not just a product), it’s quick and very effective. Similar to Nair, the hair is removed at the follicle—but it’s much more thorough, and the best part is that the hair actually grows back thinner. It doesn’t feel too great, but it gets easier every time you get it done—and though you may start off getting waxed once every 4-6 weeks or so, eventually you will be able to go for much longer periods of time, because your hair will not be nearly as noticeable.

What do you think? What is the best way to remove unwanted body hair?