If you've never given much thought to your arm hair, it may be hard to imagine what it's like to be unhappy with your own day in and day out, but that's precisely the self-consciousness experienced by countless women moving from childhood into adolescence. One such person is Nicole, who recalls, "My arm hair was pointed out to me ever since I can remember. The average human body boasts some 5 million hair follicles , and generations of beauty standards across many cultures have dictated that on femme-presenting bodies, some of this hair is acceptable and some of it is not. Body hair has been censured and policed, giving rise to hair-removal rituals requiring immense time and resources: shaving, waxing, laser hair removal, electrolysis, and more.
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My name is Anna, and I am a hair-removal addict. I've been plucking, waxing, threading, epilating and lasering virtually every part of myself ever since I was a monobrowed year-old. Both my parents are Greek which means I was lucky enough to inherit a hirsute body that constantly sprouts thick, coarse black hair everywhere - including my stomach, chin, nostrils and back. It's delightful. Victoria Beckham confessed this week that she uses laser treatment to remove the hair on her legs. I wish my hair removal regime was as simple as hers. Years of experience: Anna has been de-fuzzing since she was a teenager, left, and has now perfected the art of being hair-free on her face and body.
The hairy woman's guide to a fuzz-free face and body
Some men may have hairy backs. Women can sometimes have hairy backs, too. Common beauty or fashion standards may make people feel like having a hairy back is undesirable or unattractive. In men, having hairy arms, chests, or faces tends to be considered more attractive than having back hair.
If you grew up with a bit okay, a lot of hair on your arms the way I did, chances are you dealt with a bit of bullying, some self-consciousness, and a whole lot of figuring out how to deal. Being a hairy woman comes with its annoyances, but hey — at least there are lots of us, right? Here are the things our smoother, less hirsute counterparts will never understand. And in that hour, you spend probably 45 minutes stroking your legs, knowing that smooth feeling will soon be kaput.