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post #21 of 106
Sometimes I do - but with an electric razor, so no chance of pain. I wear sandals most of the year, and prefer my toes w/o any hairs.
post #22 of 106
Yup. But wish I had never started. When I was a self conscious pre-teen my friend told me it was gross that I didn't. So I started. Keep doing it because I can't stand the stubble. Wish I would have realized back them that the issue was more critical (lol) for her Native American self than my Scandinavian self.
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post #23 of 106
LOL! It had never occurred to me to shave my toes until I moved to NY and started having to wear stockings or socks all winter long. My toe hair has a way of getting caught in the fabric and getting pulled at all day so that by the end of the day the tops of my toes are swollen and in so much pain. When it finally occurred to me to shave them, the relief was amazing! From then on, I have shaved my toes only when it's cold enough to wear socks or stockings. (or if I have to wear hose for some occasion. Thanfully, I since moved to Miami and now Abu Dhabi, so I very seldom need to shave my toes anymore. Honestly, until this thread it had never occurred to me that anyone would shave their toes for aesthetic reasons!
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post #24 of 106
I don't shave my toes but the hair on them is blonde and you can barely see it. I hardly even shave my legs, to be honest. Maybe once a week in the summer and less in the winter. Pits and other areas get all my razor's attention.
post #25 of 106
i never knew i had toe hair until i had a pedicure once where they waxed it. i've had a number of pedis over the years but no one ever said or did anything about it. now that i know i have it, i don't like the fact that i have toe hair. however, i don't do anything to remove it. i figure it's too insignificant an issue to do anything about it.

aside: i also have knuckle hair. i assume most people do. i also hate my knuckle hair. i have on rare occasion plucked my knuckle hair, but that's cause i'm weird and like to pluck things.
post #26 of 106
I shave my toe hair and top of my foot hair when I shave my legs - which is about once a week in the summer and once a month in winter.
post #27 of 106
I've never even thought about shaving it before I read this thread!
post #28 of 106
LOL! I thought I was the only person in the world who did!

I do a quick swipe every couple of months or so, big toe only. The hairs are blond, but they do get kinda crazy-looking; so when I notice them, I get rid of them. Never had any issues, other than thinking I was weird for doing it! Glad to know I'm not alone!
post #29 of 106
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Originally Posted by Mosaic View Post
LOL! I thought I was the only person in the world who did!

I do a quick swipe every couple of months or so, big toe only. The hairs are blond, but they do get kinda crazy-looking; so when I notice them, I get rid of them. Never had any issues, other than thinking I was weird for doing it! Glad to know I'm not alone!
This is what I do.
post #30 of 106
This thread is just cracking me up...forgot to add, I occasionally (more rarely than the big toes) also shave the top of my foot...

Honestly, though...just LOL'ing...great thread!

If only I could explain adequately enough the one and only time I attempted "home waxing" to explain why I shave these small spots of fur...let's just say it wasn't my foot that was the focus and it involved a microwave, a full length mirror, and a bottle of wine...mental pic is priceless...
post #31 of 106
That is the craziest thing I've ever heard.
post #32 of 106
Yep! And the tops of my feet. The hair there is really REALLY blonde, and I am quite sure no one else notices it, but I notice it, so I shave it.
post #33 of 106
Thread Starter 
Wow, look at all the responses!

Yes, my mother is a piece of work. What can I say. I still love her.

I had never, ever, ever even thought about toe hair until that day. And I couldn't believe how childishly self-conscious I suddenly felt. Mothers have a lot of power, don't they?

So, for those who do shave your toe hair, were you taught to do so (by your mother or peers or ... I dunno, an article in a magazine?) or did you sort of take it upon yourself ("lalala I'm shaving my legs, lookie there, holey moley, there's a hair on my toe. Goodbye to you.")?

I do admit to shaving my nipple hairs from time to time. I don't obsess about it and I don't set out to do so, but if I'm shaving the pits and I glance down and see a hair on the nipple, I'll shave it off (I have about 3 potential hairs on each nipple, thankfully not on the sensitive tip or I wouldn't ever even touch it). Nobody ever said anything to me about nipple hair, I just noticed one and tried to shave it and it worked. Well, that's not totally true, my daughter has been known to instruct me to shave a hair while she was 3 or 4. But that wasn't my first time.

Back hair? Oh my. I don't even know if I have any hair on my back. How would I know? How could I reach it?

My mother also assured me during this visit that I was doomed to a mustache. Apparently she's growing one in her old age. This is new. Sigh.

So, yeah, as I mentioned there is no chance I'm shaving my toe hair. But it DID make me feel a little self-conscious, maybe I should put away my Tevas. But I think location matters too. My mom lives in Florida. Probably they make an art out of strappy sandals and all. Me, I live in Massachusetts, and we're slobs here*. Those of us who have gone to Southern California have reported major culture shock, and with only one exception (who moved to SoCal) returned to Massachusetts to revel in the slobbery. But anyway, it just made me start to wonder how many people are looking at my toe hair when I wear my Tevas. Probably nobody. I don't live in a classy town. lol.

*Don't worry, I know there are some perfectly coiffed folks from Massachusetts, particularly the Boston area. Heck, I went to Andover - though I have to admit, we practiced slobdom there (not much makeup and hair products to be seen, frequent trips to class in pajamas, etc.). I live on the other side of the state, though, and feel quite comfortable pronouncing us slobs despite the probability that someone will take offense.
post #34 of 106
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Originally Posted by Mama Lo View Post
Sure do... I shave my big toe, and run the razor over the top of my foot. I've seen how long it gets when i don't. Wasn't pretty
That's me!

I also shave my pits & up to my knees!
post #35 of 106
Was never instructed about toe hair from anyone...just noticed them one day, they were visible and I didn't like them, so off they went...now it's really an afterthought and, surprsingly, they don't grow very fast...I don't remember the last time I shaved them...

The occasional boob hair I pluck...that's quite a thrill...LOL

And to the OP...I'm in RI...and all of New England is "slobby" and, "rude"...don't forget rude...from the people I've heard from that live in other parts of the country /world (no offense intended to anyone anywhere...it is what it is...a very informal survey...LOL...sadly, living here most of my life, I do agree with the rude part...but hell, slobs and jerks live everywhere!!!)...
post #36 of 106
Ewww! You don't shave your toes?

Honestly, I am the wrong person to respond to this, since I don't even shave my pits and only shave my legs when I am going to bare them, but I have shaved my big toes a few times.

A friend of mine used to burn her toe hairs off. I think she started doing that for fun when we were teenagers and kept doing it out of habit. I haven't talked t her in years. I wonder if she still does that.
post #37 of 106
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Originally Posted by laohaire View Post
So, for those who do shave your toe hair, were you taught to do so (by your mother or peers or ... I dunno, an article in a magazine?) or did you sort of take it upon yourself ("lalala I'm shaving my legs, lookie there, holey moley, there's a hair on my toe. Goodbye to you.")?
With no older sisters or mother in the house as a teen, I just took it upon myself to figure out shaving. I shave my big toes, top of feet, and legs up to the knee. I no longer wear shorts but love my sandles and capris
post #38 of 106
Thread Starter 
Yup, we're rude. So rude that during my visit to Northern Vermont, not considered a bed of hospitality to most of the world, I was stunned by how friendly it was. Like, people actually made eye contact, you know?

I've lived in North Carolina too (from Massachusetts, but I've been around) and I could never really shake the suspicion about the friendliness. Like, what do they want out of me? It was a lot easier getting used to New York City by contrast. I once witnessed an amusing exchange by some Wall Street type and an Indian cab driver, the cab was getting some good fist bangs and they spent a good amount of time discussing who stank more. Of course, it being New York, nobody noticed or cared. They DID notice the guy outside of Penn Station wearing a plastic grass skirt and N.O.T.H.I.N.G. else (so you could see all his plumbing equipment) but only glanced, smirked, and professed not to care.

Sorry, a long way from the toe hair topic. I think my point was just that, if you're from Orange County CA, or Dallas/Plano, you're probably more likely to shave your toe hair. If you're from NYC, it probably depends entirely on your class - socialite? Yeah, you probably do. Grocer? Nope. Taxi driver? No way. And if you're from my neck of the woods in Western MA, you're in company with our roofing guy (who cannot operate a cordless phone; forced to do so, he finally used it like a walkie-talkie, and calls everything a "wooshka" like "hand me that wooshka over there"); the blind guy down the street who sits on his front porch and listens to his self-help tapes, which direct him to talk to his penis (I'm not making this up - and this is a crowded neighborhood, so everybody could hear his tape); the guy we used to know who lived in a condemned house that is now bulldozed, who we once saw at the grocery store with a live cockroach in his hair; the mother of my daughter's best friend who talks with her boyfriend about what color they are dying their hair next (blue for her, black for him) and then spends 20 minutes bashing how stupid people look with hair of more than one color; and the lady who bicycles around town with a doll strapped into the child seat on the back. Oh, and the guy who recently moved out from down the street who always starting jumping up and down in the middle of the street and screaming at the top of his lungs when it rained hard.

Nobody cares about my toe hair here.
post #39 of 106
I shave mine occasionally. Long black hair on pale white skin tends to stick out like a sore thumb.
post #40 of 106
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Originally Posted by laohaire View Post
Back hair? Oh my. I don't even know if I have any hair on my back. How would I know? How could I reach it?
I spent a lot of my fifteenth year on this earth contemplating those very issues. After we broke up, I decided that he must have an exceptionally hairy mother who asks him to help her shave her back.

To answer the question, back when I shaved I'll admit that I did my toes once in a while. But I am only slightly less hairy than my ex's mother, and I used to be fairly self-conscious about it.
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