10 year old and leg hair

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Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 09:43:20

My DD is 10, soon to be 11, so going into high school in September.
Last summer she got really upset about the hairs on her legs, she is very hairy, although they aren't really dark.
I wondered if everyone else has come across this and what you have done?
I don't really want to start shaving it, I just think once you start that's it, no going back, always prickly/dark hairs.
I've bought the Philips lumea, but now I'm not sure if she is a contender for this with her leg hairs being lightish.
Any advice appreciated.

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GreenTulips Thu 16-Apr-20 09:46:06

Lady shave

CheshireCats Thu 16-Apr-20 09:47:51

My 11 yr old has just started shaving her legs- her hair is fair and stuck out through black opaque school tights. I would let her shave if it bothers her.

dementedpixie Thu 16-Apr-20 09:48:04

Fgs just let her shave them. Is Lumea even suitable for children?

dementedpixie Thu 16-Apr-20 09:49:35

Lumea says not for children under 18 years
My dd just shaves hers. She likes the razors with inbuilt soap bars

Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 10:03:41

Lumea is suitable for children, it's just what they have to put on there, that's it's not suitable for young children.
dementedpixie I really didn't expect a comment like that, I was after advice not criticism!
She doesn't want to shave, that's why I'm asking for advice.
CheshireCats thanks, we will chat over the options, she's ok at the moment as no school, but I know come September, it will bother her again!

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dementedpixie Thu 16-Apr-20 10:06:06

At what age can I use Philips Lumea?

Philips Lumea is not intended for children under the age of 18 years. Please supervise children to ensure that they do not play with your Lumea device.

Sugarfreejelly Thu 16-Apr-20 10:11:48

Lumea does state clearly that it isn’t suitable for under 18. What about waxing? Shaving is the easiest option though.

BrooHaHa Thu 16-Apr-20 10:14:10

Lumea is suitable for children

Based on what? Have you chatted with the manufacturer?

Lynda07 Thu 16-Apr-20 10:14:38

I started shaving my legs and armpits at her age, am 70 now and no problems.

sluj Thu 16-Apr-20 10:20:59

I can state with confidence that the last 4 weeks have proved to me that the hairs on shaved legs do not grow back any thicker or stubblier. grin They just feel it for the first week . Give her some power over her own body and let her choose

olivo Thu 16-Apr-20 10:24:13

My Dd is the same age and has really hairy legs. I am going to buy and put away a lady shave for her for when they start to bother her. I suspect the girls at secondary may be more ruthless with their comments than the group she has grown up with at primary!

dementedpixie Thu 16-Apr-20 10:30:25

Lady shaves are pretty rubbish tbh. Definitely a smoother shave with a razor. Most have guards on them to minimise cutting and some have soap bars attached. Dd and I like the Gillette venus olia one

Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 10:31:44

Yes I have asked Philips, they said that it is what they have to put on it, obviously it has to be used with care, it's not a torture device!
Also if you Google this type of hair removal there is no lower age limit as long as it is done with care.
My gosh I really didn't expect to get this kind of slatting of you all! I take it we are all Mum's on here and have our child's best interests at heart?
She doesn't want to shave as she is worried about doing it with a blade etc, even though I have said I will do it for her.
olivo thank you a lady shave may be the way to go.

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dementedpixie Thu 16-Apr-20 10:37:31

You need to remove hair by shaving/waxing, etc before using it too

Readysetcake Thu 16-Apr-20 10:38:50

Please let her shave if she wants. Or
Veet, or wax (ouch!). I started secondary with very dark hairy legs and was teased ruthlessly. My mum wouldn’t let me shave as she didn’t want me to go through the whole stubble thing. So I just stole an old school bic disposable and cut my legs to ribbons shaving them. She let me after that but the whole experience was quite traumatic!

Just support her to remove the hair however she chooses. X

Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 10:39:10

I know you do, but if there is a chance that it leaves her hair free for longer then she is happy to go with that.

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Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 10:40:23

Readysetcake thanks. She doesn't know what she wants! I did under her arms with Veet cream the other day, but I'm not sure how suitable that is for legs

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DDIJ Thu 16-Apr-20 10:41:40

Why would Philips say that to you? Lumea is unlikely to work if her hair is fair. It was £££ down the drain for me.

A child going up to secondary should be competent to use a blade. This method is popular for a reason.

Flapdoodles Thu 16-Apr-20 10:41:41

I have something similar to this from Amazon for my DD of the same age.


Wewearpinkonwednesdays Thu 16-Apr-20 10:43:32

I remember my mum getting me hair removal cream because she didn't want me to use a razor, thought I would cut myself.

RumpoleoftheBaileys Thu 16-Apr-20 10:49:35

There is no way on this planet Philips would have told you to ignore their age limit. Come on now.

Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 10:57:43

RumpoleoftheBaileys oh my god this is turning into a witch hunt! Yes they did. I'll just ask Mumsnet to delete this thread, as I was only after some friendly advice, I really don't need all the bitchy answers.
Thanks to everyone for your supportive ones though!

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Loveagoodbook Thu 16-Apr-20 10:58:32

Flapdoodles that looks good, thanks

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DDIJ Thu 16-Apr-20 11:03:13

They are not bitchy answers. This is not a witch hunt. You have said something that is patently untrue. FWIW I would be happy to let my DD use my lumea (sunk costs) but that does not negate the fact that the instructions clearly say not to do this.

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