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 folliclesand 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.
It was a humid mid-May afternoon, so naturally, we were all overheating. Before I continue, let me establish a few things about my male friend. The male best friend that I am referencing is not some misogynistic, sexist, sociopath.
My forearms are a little on the hairy side. They've been that way for as long as I can remember. Being a dark-haired girl, the hairs on my arm are particularly visible against the backdrop of my pinkish-white Irish skin.
Since we have been working with women in Mexico City to bring awareness to positivity around body hair. A great deal of women in Mexico feel pressured to shave the hair off their forearms because it is common to have dark, visible hair. However a growing group of women know that self-acceptance is far more desirable and are standing up in confidence about the hair on their arms.
Body hairor androgenic hairis the terminal hair that develops on the human body during and after puberty. It is differentiated from the head hair and less visible vellus hairwhich is much finer and lighter in color. The growth of androgenic hair is related to the level of androgens often referred to as male hormones and the density of androgen receptors in the dermal papillae. Both must reach a threshold for the proliferation of hair follicle cells.
Contact your doctor if you have abnormal hair growth or other related symptoms. The doctor will run tests to check your hormone levels. If they are high in androgens, they may do an ultrasound to check your ovaries or a CT scan to check your adrenal gland.
Every woman knows only too well the tyranny of the modern-day beauty regime. After all, the average female is said to spend nearly two years days during her lifetime exfoliating, shaving, waxing and plucking her body to perfection. A new trend may be taking our pursuit of hairlessness to extremes, however. Arm shaving - of the upper and forearms, rather than the armpit - is on the rise.