Shaving or Plucking Underarm Hair

@bingskee (5242)
Philippines
September 12, 2012 7:58am CST
I read from a Candy magazine years ago that shaving or plucking underarm hair has bad results to the underarm. Shaving or plucking the hair darkens the skin in one's underarm, the writer said. I do not grow lots of hair on my armpit. Others grow lots of them. That's where the problem arise because it doesn't look good on women. When one shaves the hair on his or her armpit, a part of the skin is shaved and thus cause the darkening that heals in 21 days. When one plucks the hair, there is also an adverse effect because a tissue goes with the process and also cause darkening of the skin in the armpit. Do you shave or pluck your hair? I do not shave or pluck often as there are only a few. In the article, it is also suggested to choose a deodorant that has moisturizer to avoid drying and flaking of the skin during the process of shaving or plucking.
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12 responses
@vandana7 (39908)
• India
12 Sep 12
Honestly, I learnt a lot here. Not having a mother, and being a shy person most of my early life, I never even knew things such as these were there. One friend did ask me to use the wax, but oh boy, was I stinking. I couldnt bear the thought of my father knowing it, so I restricted my shaving procedures to the days when he would not be around, which was not very often. Luckily, god didnt give me too much hair. I learnt about epilator out here, and I bought one. My armpits look good with that one. I now know that deo with moisturizer is needed. Next time I will look for that, even though it is too late in the day to start such things. :)
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
hello, V! how are you? a deodorant with a moisturizer is truly an innovation that appeals to most women. it seems that this works for most women, too. is shaving underarm hair prohibited in your place? it sounded it is when you wrote that line about your father discovering you shaving.
@vandana7 (39908)
• India
13 Sep 12
Oh no, it is not, but the odor is so obvious ...in those days deos were well beyond my reach..so it was a bit difficult to use those strong odored waxes. I learnt from Dawny's discussion, about epilator, and the first purchase after the discussion was that. :)
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
without the deodorant, there will definitely be BO.
@blinjk (567)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
Actually,my armpit does not grow a lot of hair and I really agree that other female that shaves their armpit will have a lot of hair when they shave it.I rather shave than plucking the hair because it is really painful.Thanks for the tip on deodorant with moisturizer, I will try it.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
you are most welcome, blinjk! most people would not want pain so plucking is not a choice.
@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
13 Sep 12
You can keep unwanted hair at bay by grooming regularly; ie it becomes less difficult to manage.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
agree, riempie. btw, i visited your blog. it's a nice blog. is it okay to link you up with my blog?
@fatlex06 (895)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
I pluck and shave my underarms, honestly. :) If I have time, I pluck my underarm hair but if I don't I just shave it. :) I also use dove deodorant, it smells good and yes, it has a moisturizing effect and it doesn't have any black effect on my underarm. :)
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
hi, dove deo is good, i agree! which do you like better, plucking or shaving?
@fatlex06 (895)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I like plucking more because the hair seems to grow longer than if you shaved it. :)
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
heard that one, too, but i am not sure of the veracity of the claim.
@gaiza12 (4893)
• Philippines
3 Oct 12
I honestly shave it most of the time. But, when I have time, I do pluck it. Both ways really causes my armpit to darken and I really don't want that to worsen. I do put some whitening cream at night just to prevent it from darkening but the chicken skin is still visible and don't know how to get rid of it due to the plucking. I also use Dove deo spray right now and it really smells good and doesn't really hurt my underarms when I spray it unlike Nivea.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
5 Oct 12
heard that Deo spray is ok. i have to try that one. i do not shave or pluck these days. i do not have that many hairs in the armpit.
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
Well, I cut mine with scissors. That way I avoid wounding the skin which is a hassle. Also, it takes a lot of mine but not much more hassle than broken skin or an irritating one.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
18 Sep 12
oh, first time to hear that. isn't it difficult to use scissors? i mean, it must be difficult given the awkward position while cutting the armpit hairs.
@dorannmwin (36611)
• United States
14 Sep 12
I know that there are a lot of people that will shave their underarms every day or even every second day. This is simply not something that I've ever had to do. Yes, I do have to shave occasionally because if I didn't, I actually have to say that I just don't really feel comfortable. However, I have never noticed that shaving is something that causes the color of my skin to change, even if it is something that is just temporary.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
14 Sep 12
that's good news! most women complain of their skin darkening caused by shaving.
@jmhie25 (14)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
i remember when my hair (underarm) started to grow,i don't know what to do,but my aunt said it is best to shave it for first timer like me..so i did....but as time goes by my hair grow doubled that its usual,,hahaha... and then i tried plucking it after a few weeks..at first its hard to do it on your own i remember when my father saw me doing it,,he said that its not necessary to do it,it should be shave. regarding with the deo....i remember when i was in grade school,i saw my parents used katialis in their underarm so i tried also....as ive reached my high school days,i felt concious using it coz its not an ordinary deo that ive thought......so i tried an ordinary deo that gives high confidence to my personality...
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
is katialis a kind of deo? what i know is it is a balm for mosquito and other insect bites.
@SIMPLYD (46288)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
When i was in my 20's i used to pluck some hairs in my armpit. It's just one or two hairs though and i love plucking it, because i feel good after it was plcked. However, now that i am older, not a hair has grown in my armpit anymore. Yes, pluckingcan indeed darken the underarm, but not so. But shaving can really darken it, as i have observed from some of my friends.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
shaving can darken more than plucking. there's a saying about having only a few hairs in the armpit but i am not telling.
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I dont plucks and i used to shave my under arm then use deodorant with whitening to avoid it from darkening, i also visit clinic once in every 3 months to have my under arm whiten which only cost me around 250 pesos, I hate plucking coz it took time and it will still darken my under arm. Sometimes if i have extra money i also visit clinic for under arm wax but just seldom coz i realized that they also pluck the remaining hair in my under arm.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
some products that tell they whiten the skin are fake. these types causes irritation of the skin. it is a nice idea to go visit the doctor to consult re: darkening of the skin.
@enelym001 (8337)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
I used to shave or pluck my underarms. And true enough it grew more hair than before and I regret doing that. Had I not did that before I will only have less hair lol. Now, I'm having it waxed.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
hello to you dear! it's a good thing that even though i plucked or shaved, the hairs did not grow more. it is not an easy feeling with more hair growing in the armpit.
@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
12 Sep 12
My skin crawls just at the thought of plucking ONE underarm hair, what about a whole armpit? Why would anyone want to do that? It is probably more painful than electrolysis or laser treatment. There are many things you can do before subjecting yourself to needless hassle and pain. I wrote an article about it. There's a better way.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
i understand. especially if there are lots of hair to pluck. it would be like subjecting yourself to torture. unless one is addicted to pain, then there is always a choice to do it another way. i'll read the article when i have time. thanks for visiting, riempie!
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
In my case, I shave my pits. :) My very first reason is that plucking is kinda itchy for me and I am not really used to plucking. But my sister recommended applying hair removal cream and scraping it off. I think it can actually prevent the armpits from getting darker, but make sure that you are not allergic to any creams whatsoever. One should also be careful with the deo to use since my mom had terrible underarm blackening from a deodorant before.
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
hello to you. you are very right. some deodorants have bad effects on the skin. it can be aggravated when one gets fat and the extra lumps under the arm and the skin of the body chafe each other. unlike you, i find plucking comforting thinking that when you pluck the hair, it does not grow back fast.