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Yet another question. Hairy legs - shave or not?

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stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:08:16

Ok, dd (9) is a bit cncerned about her very hairy legs. When I mentioned that I shave mine, she was like, ooh can you do that etc. Now, I have no issue with her immacing herself or whatever, but I don't want any snotty comments made at school about her doing this. Do you think she is too young, bearing in mind that she wants to? BTW, no I am not into them growing up too fast/ dressing in heels/ bras etc - this is more a noticeable 'problem' and looking for a solution. Didn't help that my adult friend noticed and made a stupid comment.

PookiePodgeandTubs Sat 23-Aug-08 14:10:43

Could she bleach them 'til she's 12? My dd will be exactly the same.

I had very hairy legs and my mum forbade me to do anything, so I shaved in secret and made them worse. I wish she'd actually said, ok, we'll do something. What's most suitable for a 9 yr old. Too young to start shaving.

See if she'd be happy to bleach the hairs for a few more years before starting to wax.

MrsSprat Sat 23-Aug-08 14:12:03

As the tights season is coming up, I'd avoid personally. Once you start and that...

But if you do, just below the knee and never above to minimise overall hassle would be my course of action.

stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:12:16

That's a good idea. I had only thought of immac/wax/shave. I will run it past her tonight. Thank you.

stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:12:52

No takers for immac? (She won't do tights - too itchy round the bum...)

Anna8888 Sat 23-Aug-08 14:13:53

Could you not take her to the beautician for a leg wax for the summer months?

We have friends whose (very dark) daughter had the same problem. The parents refused to let her remove the hair and ended up ruining three summers for their daughter where she was too embarrassed to wear shorts/skirts/a swimsuit.

meglet Sat 23-Aug-08 14:14:44

I had really hairy legs by her age and I think I pinched my mums razor the first time and did them myself. If she isn't sensitive to Immac then I'd use that.

Obviously it means that once she starts she is committed to removing the hair forever though sad. But from my experience I would have really suffered if I had to put up with all the comments from people at school. I am eternally grateful that my mum let me do them from a young age.

Romy7 Sat 23-Aug-08 14:14:54

my dd (8) is extraordinarily hairy (and dark), including on her back lol. in my head i'm waiting for double figures at least, but i don't know how practical that is if people are already winding her up about it. grrr at your friend.

not sure tbh - don't know if trying lightening would be appropriate for young skin etc... i am wondering how long i can hold off for - dd takes part in lots of dance stuff/ shows and is noticeably hairier than the others... we've already had to instigate a deodorant routine!

stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:15:31

Glad she's not alone. Luckily her arms are okay, but I do think I need to do something. I get waxed - think she might not forgive me for the pain factor grin

Anna8888 Sat 23-Aug-08 14:16:50

Waxing is best IMO as the regrowth isn't nearly as unpleasant as shaving/Immac. Or you could get her an epilator.

stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:17:46

Romy - I am training dd to shower every day in preparation for deodorant day. Might get Impulse to encourage her that way. Grr at my friend too. But her daughter wears mascara and heels. hmm

stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:18:17

Might book waxing with a manicure as a reward after!

PookiePodgeandTubs Sat 23-Aug-08 14:20:18

Imaac is so awful. the little hairs cling to your skininstead of coming out of the follicle. By the time they've all washed away, regrwoth is back.

PookiePodgeandTubs Sat 23-Aug-08 14:21:39

Waxing really is good. It's a long haul, but eventually, eventually, eventually, it makes legs less hairy. If she starts at 9 though, she might have bald legs by 30!

Heated Sat 23-Aug-08 14:21:41

Although my dd is much fairer than me, am thinking of starting a leg-hair laser fund for her 18th!

stroppyknickers Sat 23-Aug-08 14:22:00

Ok. Immac out then. Thanks as I have no idea - just thought it might be gentler than shaving. I want to address this, as otherwise she might DIY her legs. Caught her in the bathroom with nail polish remover, red varnish, cotton wool and guilt the other day.

meglet Sat 23-Aug-08 14:26:03

I started waxing at 15 if that helps at all. Nearly 20 years on I have a very high pain threshold grin.

TheHedgeWitch Sat 23-Aug-08 19:41:08

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kiddiz Sat 23-Aug-08 20:15:31

Sorry to hijack a bit but along the same line, what about underarms? My dd (11) has quite hairy underarms. Is it ok to shave them or what would you recommend? She starts high school soon and is very concious about it. Thanks and sorry again to hijack.

stroppyknickers Sun 24-Aug-08 10:35:26

I think I may wax - would probably get an electric shaver for underarms? I massacred my shins wet shaving at secondary school and got mercilessly teased.

bagofhammers Sun 24-Aug-08 10:49:49

I would wax her. shaving is such a hassle and immac is awful. I would rather have a painful wax than shave every few days. I would do it now because she is already aware of it.

stroppyknickers Sun 24-Aug-08 10:52:06

Ok- wax it is. At home or risk disapproving salon types?

amidaiwish Sun 24-Aug-08 11:01:38

i used to always wax but have recently moved to this veet shower

it is the first "cream" that i have ever used which is a)actually effective and b) doesn't stink. You use the rough side of the sponge to scrub the hairs off in the shower.

alternatively i would take her to a salon for waxing (give her a paracetamol first!)

booge Sun 24-Aug-08 11:05:41

If she's old enough to be self conscious about it then she's old enough to remove the hair. I had very dark hairs as a teen and I wish my Mum had encouraged me to wax earlier rather than me pinching her razor and shredding my legs.

bagofhammers Sun 24-Aug-08 13:40:51

unless you are quite good a salon will hurt less.

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