Yes. I’m that weird guy who shaves/waxes his body. I started shaving my body about two years ago. I posted my progress picture on a site similar to this. Someone commented on my hairy forearms hiding any progress I was making, and suggested I shave them. Being a naive teenager, I ran off to the bathroom and did just that. I was very happy with what I saw.
Not too long after, I decided that my hairy legs were hiding my calves, so i shaved them as well. My calves never looked better.
About a year later, I switched from using a hair clipper, to shaving my forearms and legs with a mach 3 razor (every two days). That was great until a buddy of mine approached me and asked if I was shaving my legs and arms? I felt really awkward, so I started to shave every day, so there would be no sign re-growing hair.
Since I was shaving so frequently, I started getting a five o?clock shadow on my forearms and legs, an hour after shaving. I was so disgusted by what I was doing and how it looked that I began to workout in long sleeves, even in 100 degree weather. I was so self-conscious that my workouts really suffered, and worse; I was starting to go nuts. I was always thinking about my excess body hair, and the fact that someone may notice that I shave my legs and forearms if they looked close enough.
I tried withdrawing from shaving, and simply letting the hair grow back and accepting it like a normal person. Believe it or not, it’s a lot easier to say that when you don’t have excess hair, and don’t look like a hairy gorilla beneath your clothes. I couldn’t do it.
Fast-forward to today.
I’m still a very young man, and I would just like to be able to wear a t shirt and shorts, and not have to think twice about it.
I am more disgusted and ashamed by what I have been doing than anyone could possibly be. On one hand, I’d feel accepted if I knew it was OK. On the other hand, I’d love to know if there?s anyone in a similar hairy situation.