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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

What do you trim your body hair for?

Asked by Imadethisupwithnoforethought (14268 points ) June 27th, 2012

I am in discussions with a person who shaved her legs for a meeting that was disappointing. She seems upset that she went to all that trouble for a wasted opportunity.

What occasions in your life are sufficient to make you embark on hair-scaping? When do you feel like such efforts are wasted?

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Blackberry's avatar

Anytime there’s a minute chance I may end up naked in front of someone: swimming or at the beach, if I plan on trying to meet someone when I go out, or before dates.

Ponderer983's avatar

Were you talking to me? Because I feel the same way that girl did. I hate going through the trouble and taking the time to shave and pluck multiple areas and no one is going to see or experience it! I do maintenance every week, when in bathing suits or the summer time when more skin is exposed.

chyna's avatar

I seem to recall that I used to shave my legs when I went on a date. I don’t really remember as it has been such a long time since I’ve dated.

athenasgriffin's avatar

This morning, I woke up, got in the shower, decided I didn’t need to (read:was to lazy to) shave my legs. Then I put on my clothes, stared at my legs in the mirror for three minutes, debating on whether I actually needed to do it. Took off the clothes, got back in the shower, shaved my legs. Got out of the shower, lotion, clothes.

It was a process. I spent a good 20 minutes thinking about whether I would go through the the 3–4 minute misery that is shaving.

My best friend and I joke that we can tell how much we like a guy based on if we are motivated to shave our legs for them. We aren’t really joking.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@athenasgriffin, that is funny. I once had a female friend who wouldn’t shave her legs on early dates with a guy she really liked, to avoid temptation to be naked.

athenasgriffin's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought We tend to hope for the temptation rather than avoid it. ;)

FutureMemory's avatar

When my facial hair starts catching food I know it’s time for a trim.

Aethelflaed's avatar

It’s not done for a special occasion, it’s just part of my daily routine.

jca's avatar

Because I don’t want him to be picking hairs out of his teeth!

Ponderer983's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought I have started to do that the older I get. Trying not to jump some guys bones, so I don’t shave and therefore am not tempted to take my clothes off! I can be quick to jump into the sack, so I’m trying to slow it down ;)

bookish1's avatar

I don’t. I’m half Asian, haha. Still waiting for some more to grow in.

mambo's avatar

I shave so I don’t look like a neanderthal.

Also, the feeling of hairy legs when you’re under the bed sheets is quite an annoyance.

Bellatrix's avatar

I don’t shave/wax for other people. I do it for myself or not – depending on my mood, the weather etc. It is just part of being groomed.

I can’t imagine ever feeling like I had wasted my time because I groomed before meeting someone. I could imagine being disappointed that I didn’t connect with a person but not because I wasted time getting ready.

ucme's avatar

I sometimes shave off my entire pubic area because it makes my penis look like a startled snake, this amuses my child-like mind.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

For not looking like an ancient mammoth!

augustlan's avatar

Underarms get shaved every time I shower. Legs, not so much. I shave my legs when it gets so hot that I want to wear shorts (if I’m wearing cropped pants, I can get away with just shaving the lower half of my lower leg). When I must wear a dress or a swimsuit. When I feel like it (not terribly often). My leg hair is blonde, so I don’t look like a yeti. :p

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t shave so I will look like a scary neanderthal!~

Actually, I manage my hair for coolness—the heat kind, not the social kind.

Also, I will have my eyebrows trimmed because my wife makes a special request.

I try to keep my nose clean, too, because most people seem to find nose hair gross. I always check before I am about to make an appearance in front of anyone who matters.

sliceswiththings's avatar

If the shower is nice and warm and I don’t want to get out yet!

Facade's avatar

It depends. Most times, I just like to feel good about myself, so I shave– underarms, legs, naughty bits. It’s nice to be smooth! Sometimes, I’ll shave for sexytimes with my SO, even if I don’t really care about being stubbly. I don’t really shave my legs in the winter, but the hair is hardly noticeable.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

It’s just part of my grooming and not for any special occasions. Smooth skins feels good to stroke or rub against, to me. Like others, I don’t like picking hair off my tongue.

Blu's avatar

Competitive swimming sometimes.

sleepdoc's avatar

It has become what I am used to now. At first just did it to see what it was like.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Would facial hair be considered the same as body hair? I don’t usually shave my body hair, except that which grows out of my nose and ears, social grooming, as @wundayatta. I trim my beard on an occasional basis, usually before some social occasion. Underarms, pubes, chest, legs, all pretty much natural.

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