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okay, after more than 10 years of being wishy washy about it, and going back and forth, I am finally settling on keeping my natural body hair, and no longer shaving it off.
But the hair on my legs is quite thick and dark and I was wondering how I could lighten it, without using any kind of toxic bleaching stuff.
Anyone have any suggestions?
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I'm a bit confused. Is the lack of shaving so that you'll save time? Since hair on legs grows pretty fast, bleaching somehow seems counterproductive and time-consuming. You would have to probably bleach it at least once a week if not more often. You'd still have dark roots!

Also, there isn't anything natural that will get the hair light enough to not be noticeable. Usually, chemical bleaches not only lighten your hair, but thin out the hair a bit (probably from the chemicals itself). Also, if anybody is going to notice that you have fully grown leg hair, they're not going to care what color it is - they're just going to notice that you have full leg hair period

I suppose lightening would make people notice it on second glance rather than the first though

Perhaps epilating or waxing is a longer term solution? Is shaving that much of a pain for you? It's not like shaving is full of chemicals.
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Perhaps epilating or waxing is a longer term solution? Is shaving that much of a pain for you? It's not like shaving is full of chemicals.
Actually, I've got very sensitive skin (eczema) and each time I shave, I itch and break out. So it is kind of a pain!

I was kind of hoping to make the hair less conspicuous, but I suppose I should just get used to it.
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lemon juice and sun helps lighten hair on the head, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for body hair. Yet I have no idea how exactly you would cover yourself in lemon juice and lay in the sun. :
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lemon juice and sun helps lighten hair on the head, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for body hair. Yet I have no idea how exactly you would cover yourself in lemon juice and lay in the sun. :
Thanks for the reply~ I was actually wondering about lemon juice myself. But since I have such sensitive skin I would imagine that it would irritate. Come to think of it, probably almost anything would.
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