Help for Hairy Arms

My arms are seriously hairy! They are really dark, too. I hate it. I tried wearing a short-sleeved shirt once but everyone laughed at me, even the boys. I haven't worn short sleeves in over a year now. I asked my mom if I could shave my arms and she said, "absolutely not," so I guess that is out of the question. Do you have any advice for me?

Hey girl, this isn't something you need to stress over, because you’re not alone! Truth is it's a totally common issue for tonsa girls; I've been there myself! But tear off that long-sleeve because summer is on its way! You've got a few options to get to the root of this sticky situation.

It's a bummer that your mom won't let you shave your arms, but have you really explained to her how upset you feel? Tell her about the teasing. Shaving is a temporary answer to a permanent issue, but if you make your mom see exactly how much this hurts you, I think she might be willing to reconsider.

Keep in mind, though, that shaving could make hair appear to be thicker when it grows back in. Another idea is bleaching. It won't make the hair go away, but it could make it less noticeable, so it’s a nice trade off. You could also try hair removal creams, like Nair, that you can purchase at the local drug store. You might need to try the cream a few times to see perfect results, and it can smell and sting a little, but the hair eventually comes back, which might give your mom some peace of mind.

Of course, all of these solutions need some upkeep on your part. So, suggest these ideas to your mom and tell her how this problem makes you feel. Tell her you want to strut into school in short-sleeves and having un-hairy arms is the answer. Once she sees the seriousness of your sitch, I’m sure she’ll reconsider.

xo Annemarie

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3/15/2009 7:00:00 AM