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My mother came to visit, and while she has been known to drop these kinds of bombs on my head before (told my skinny self all my life that my stomach is so big I look pregnant, so I spent my adolescence hiding my body and sucking in my gut ALL THE TIME, which is so uncomfortable I would limit certain activities so I didn't have to deal with so much discomfort - now that I'm fat I don't hear that anymore, go figure), this was a new one.

While I was talking to her, and I had my sandaled feet up near her, she suddenly grabbed some hair on my big toe and pulled. I yelped. She laughed and said "you should really shave that." I said "wow, that sounds pretty painful." She said "EVERYBODY shaves their toe hair."

So, this was total news to me. She didn't mention this apparently critical hygiene requirement at any point during my adolescence or anytime at all until now that I'm 33.

I'm curious. Do you shave your toes? Do you think everyone does? Do you look for toe hair? Is it revolting? How much does it hurt to shave it over the little bumps and wrinkles? Ingrown hair problems? Do you wax (holy ouch!)?

Nothing you all can say - even if every single person replies "of course I shave my toes, don't you? if not, that's disgusting" - will convince me to shave my toe hair, so this is merely curiosity. For me, it's simply not going to happen.

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I don't. but I barely shave anywhere.

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you're supposed to shave toe hair? huh. news to me. never done it, dont plan it. can't say I know anyone who's done it, and me and my friends do talk alot about shaving/waxing/sugaring, lol.
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I have since I started shaving... my BFF thought it was weird then so no, I don't think that everyone does, nor do I I think its gross if people dont...
Ive cut myself maybe once and it does not take a lot of caution to avoid... I have got one ingrown hair...

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I used to. I thought I 'had' to.

But I've since come to terms with my body hair and now I don't shave anywhere.

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Well, this is the area I am "least cruncy" in (does that even make sense? lol), meaning I shave everywhere so...yes, I shave my big toes. However, I think toe shavers are in the minority, it's not revolting if not shaved (I mean, I get a few hairs, I can't imagine anyone with extensive hair growth on their toes that would clasify as revolting...lol), and no, it doesn't hurt. I do it usually as an afterthought when I notice some have sprouted, it's not part of the regular routine.

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I did back when I shaved. I have not shaved my legs or armpits in almost 3 years, but my feeling at the time was it either all goes or all stays.

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I shave my toe hair....always have. But I have terribly coarse, almost black hair so it really shows up if I don't. Doesn't hurt at all. I don't try to get a super, close, smooth shave; just enough off so I don't look like a neanderthal.

I never paid attention to whether other people do or not so it's just a personal thing.

Think I've nicked myself once....I'm way worse with that little divet just behind my ankle bone! THAT little place is a challenge for me to get.

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I do, it's one of the few parts of my body where I actually have dark hair. I like the look of nice smooth legs and feet.
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Um........no. I do shave my legs and pits regularly. But I do not shave my toes:
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Some people do, some people don't. I guess it depends on how hairy one's toes are and what one's attitude toward the hair is.

I shave my legs and armpits if I feel like it and don't if I don't... I can't see hair on my toes unless I bring my foot up to my face and really look, so it has never occurred to me to do any hair removal on them.

Honestly, I think hypercritical moms are the only people who look at/care about other women's toe hair. It's sad that some moms are that way.
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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

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I shave my toe hair....always have. But I have terribly coarse, almost black hair so it really shows up if I don't. Doesn't hurt at all. I don't try to get a super, close, smooth shave; just enough off so I don't look like a neanderthal.

I never paid attention to whether other people do or not so it's just a personal thing.

Think I've nicked myself once....I'm way worse with that little divet just behind my ankle bone! THAT little place is a challenge for me to get.
What she said, granted I don't do it regularly, more when I start to notice. I also have random hairs on the top of my feet as well.

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My first boyfriend ever told me that most women shave their backs.
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I have about 3 dark hairs on each big toe, so I give them a quick shave when I think about it- not daily. I don't shave any other toes or the top of my foot because there is only light fuzz if anything. I've never cut myself- I just do the teeny spot with a couple of dark hairs. If they all had light hair I probably wouldn't bother.

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So, this was total news to me. She didn't mention this apparently critical hygiene requirement at any point during my adolescence or anytime at all until now that I'm 33.
ok this made me laugh...

no i dont shave my toes. and i will say i am hairless most of the time EVERYWHERE else.

after reading other post, i should add... i have very fine, light hair. and i JUST looked at my toes and just now, at 26 see hair that i never noticed before. i will still NOT shave my toes. but can see why some people do. and on the phone with my sister who has very dark hair said she shaves her toes because its dark and you can see it.

so its a personal thing, i think.

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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. I always shave my toes if I'm shaving my legs.
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I have about 3 dark hairs on each big toe, so I give them a quick shave when I think about it- not daily. I don't shave any other toes or the top of my foot because there is only light fuzz if anything. I've never cut myself- I just do the teeny spot with a couple of dark hairs. If they all had light hair I probably wouldn't bother.

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I wax them off. Mine are crazy dark and annoy me.

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I shave mine because they are really hairy but I was actually embarrassed. I thought hardly anyone else did that.

I'm sorry about your mom. She sounds like a real piece of work.

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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.

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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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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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I've never even thought about shaving it before I read this thread!

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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!

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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!
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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...

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