Right, I finally did it.
I had a spare half hour this morning so I thought I'd go the whole hog and use some wax strips on my armpits. I thought I might as well do a "test run" before it's warm enough to hit the beach.
Unfortunately the wax strips were pretty useless and kept breaking. Either that, or the wax would come off the strip and just sit there on my armpit so I'd have to pick it all off. It was messy and annoying. I chose to use wax because my wife had an abundance of wax strips in the bathroom, and also because I don't want coarse armpit stubble growing back if I just used a razor.
Surprisingly the pain of waxing wasn't as bad as I thought. Certainly not as bad as the movies make it out to be! Yes, it was unpleasant to rip the hair out, not certainly not unbearable. The actual unpleasant part was the next 4 hours afterwards where my armpits were tingling. Again, not painful but weird feeling.
As I might have mentioned I've never done anything with the hair under my arms in my life - it's always just been there
but I certainly noticed when it was gone. A bit like after dental work - you notice the change, but soon you get used to it.
I guess underarm hair probably serves as some kind of anti-friction device, as I noticed the skin touching itself at first while I was walking, though you soon forget and carry on with your day.
I won't lie, it looks a little weird. I'm not old but I already have quite a hairy chest, and having baby-smooth armpits is a comical combination (I actually laughed in the mirror).
One positive thing I've noticed however after a full day is the reduction in underarm odour. I'm not making this up either. It's 7pm now and after a day of moving around in the city I can normally smell a mild bit of body odour by the end of the day from my pits. Not a bad, or strong smell, but if I put my head down my shirt at the end of the day I can notice a very faint whiff.
I wear a normal anti-perspirant deodourant and I don't sweat excessively, but since waxing my underarms this morning I can honestly say there's an approximate 50% reduction in body odour. Again, I'm not kidding. The difference is quite substantial and this part of the process I am happy with.
As for how quickly/aggressively the hair grows back? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.
Apart from the discomfort of the first few hours after plucking myself like a chicken, the body odour reduction has proven to be impressive.
I hope this offers some information to any other guys out there that find themselves wondering if/why they should de-hair their pits.
If nothing else, at least I'll fit in here in Europe!