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Waxing arm hair

So I have always been extremely pale-skinned and have almost black/brown hair. While I have always been self-concious of the stark contrast between my pale arms and dark arm hair (which I have a lot of), I was never more aware of it than when I tried on my wedding dress.
So it has to go. I am planning on waxing it and I will probably have a pro do it since there is so much and it's quite a bit larger than just eyebrows and upperlip. Any advice on how often I should get it done? How do you know if you found a good salon?
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    I'm Italian and have very dark hair and I got my arms waxed for the first time and I loved it!  I did get a little red and bumpy and had dry skin for a day or two, but nothing a little lotion couldn't fix.  I got them done about 6wks. ago and it's just now growing back to where you can see it.  It's also growing in softer.  My waxer said that if you keep getting it done it'll start to grow back slower and can go for 3mo.  FI knows how self conscious I am of my arm hair and was so surprised how good it looked after I got it done!
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    I`ve shaved my arms for 6 years now.. I use the venus razors with 3 or 5 blades.. they are amazing! 
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    edited March 2012
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_wedding-beauty_waxing-arm-hair?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:358Discussion:9e7acbed-fc3f-47f5-a749-94ac672e4d80Post:c4a363e4-a270-49e5-a1ca-f5fe00a0154a">Re: Waxing arm hair</a>:
    [QUOTE]I'm Italian and have very dark hair and I got my arms waxed for the first time and I loved it!  <strong>I did get a little red and bumpy</strong> and had dry skin for a day or two, but nothing a little lotion couldn't fix.
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    <div>The bumpy is your concern.  I'd start immediately and plan on going every 4-6 weeks until the wedding. Make sure your last appointment is at least a week before the wedding.  Get yourself some pore restore:  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.massagenaturals.com/SHOP-OUR-PRODUCTS/Specialty-Products/Pore-Restore">http://www.massagenaturals.com/SHOP-OUR-PRODUCTS/Specialty-Products/Pore-Restore</a>  and use it after each wax weather you get bumps immediately or not.  Also exfoliate your arms <em>gently</em> for a few days after each wax.</div><div>
    </div><div>A good salon is clean clean clean.  Ask to see a waxing room - are they changing the paper on the table between clients?  Is the trash put away?  Do they double-dip their applicators (If they do, they should not be using a single pot of wax for multiple clients)</div><div>
    </div><div>Oh - and yes, you're going to want a pro or at least a girlfriend unless you have a 3rd arm :)</div>
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    I would stay away from this completely.  Once you start, you have to keep doing it.  I have always just bleached the hair on my arms.  Sally Hansen has one you can get at the drugstore.  You just mix it up, apply it, wait 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off.  It's a lot less maintenance and much less painful.
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    I had questions about bikini waxing on here and was referred to European Wax Center and I am SO HAPPY I went to them. I didn't get my arms waxed got pretty much everything else though and it was much less painless then I thought.
     
    They have on in Indiana http://www.waxcenter.com/locations/IN/Open not sure if that is close to you or not. But I highly reccomend them.

    The wax is hard so they dont use strips and they put lotions on etc which should help with any bumps. I would suggest going at least 2 months prior so you can do a touch up closer to the date.

    Good luck!
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    If you.are gonna do waxing do it at least 2 months before.

     
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    I shave my arms regularly and I love how they look (no dark hair anymore)!  Sometimes I also use an epilator on it although that really depends on your tolerance for pain.  I think that red bumps can be normal after your first wax, especially if you don't exfoliate (this really helps prevent ingrowns).  If you do get them waxed, I would start a couple months before the wedding so your body can get used to it, and have your final wax about a week before the wedding so any red bumps have time to heal.  I woudl also recommed using an antibiotic cream after the wax to help prevent irritation and bumps.

    I disagree with xobride about having to keep doing it once you start.  If you shave your arms, you might want to keep doing it or at least wax them one before you stop so you don't have the sharp dark hairs growing back.  I only really wax/shave my arms in the summer and in the fall when the hair is growing back (under long sleeves) it still doesn't look that bad; within a month or two it will look normal again, just a little finer and sparser than before.
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