How to Trim Arm Hair on Men

by Celeigh O'Neil
Trimming arm hair creates a smoother look without pain or expensive tools.

Trimming arm hair creates a smoother look without pain or expensive tools.

Arm hair growth and appearance varies from person to person. Those with dark hair can find it to be a nuisance, while some simply prefer a smoother look. Long arm hair can create the illusion of excess hair. While shaving or waxing often create the need for more maintenance over time, trimming is a good option for men wishing to instantly tone down the appearance of arm hair.

Comb the hair. Use a fine-toothed comb to comb the hair in the direction of growth. This will allow for a uniform cut. Facial hair grooming combs or teasing combs are suitable, and are widely available at supermarkets and drugstores.

Separate a section of hair. Use the fine-toothed comb to pick up a section of hair from the root and hold it up. Move the comb up to the length of hair you wish to keep. Leave the section that needs to be trimmed resting through the top of the comb.

Trim the hair using scissors. Cut the hair that is visible through the top of the comb in a straight line. Use regular scissors or a small set intended for nails or brow grooming. Repeat until all hair has been trimmed to the desired length.

Items you will need

  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Scissors

About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.

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