Mum asks if she should let her young daughter shave her legs?

Mum shares, “My 9-year-old daughter has always had darkish hair on her legs and a few days ago she said some other girls teased her about it and she asked if she could get rid of her leg hair.

“To be honest, I was completely taken aback – it feels like yesterday that she was in nappies and now she wants to shave her legs. How did that happen? One part of me thinks she is way too young to start on this but I really don’t want her to feel self-conscious about this issue.”

Mums share some helpful advice

The resounding response was YES let her do it to prevent her being bullied. Kids are so mean today :(

Mikah said, “If she has told you she is being teased or its affecting her in ANY way. – 100% no question allow her, age is nothing.”

Anne said, “Of course! You said she has always had darkish hair on her legs. It’s something she would feel better about if it were gone. Why make her feel self conscious for YOUR principle? It’s an easy fix.”

Kylie said, “Let her shave. My eldest daughter started shaving at age 9 and got her period at 10. Buy her the razors with the little safety wires that helps to prevent cuts. Do one leg for her and then watch her do the other one and offer further assistance if needed.”

Miranda said, “Poor baby kids can be mean. I would let her or maybe even hair removing cream a bit safer then a razor.”

Haylie said, “Yes… Why not if its bothering her.”

Jayde said, “Absolutely yes. There’s some great hair removal creams that moisturise as well. Anything to give her a bit of relief from teasing id definitely do.”

Hayley G said, “If it’s going to cause her to be self conscious and not as confident then I would definitely let her.”

Shanelle replied, “Yes I’d allow her do some sort of hair removal. I was teased in school about it too, it’s not fun. Especially when you know there’s something you can do about it.”

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  • Yes ! there isn’t really a reason not to. I would also explain to her that it is okay to have hair on her legs if SHE wants to leave it there.


  • I think that if it is causing the child serious stress or unhappiness I would work out a way to allow her to get it waxed


  • I think 9 is too young. I don’t think I started shaving till about year 8 when I started getting Teased. I am blessed with fair hair, although then started shaving nightly. Yes one extreme to the next. It’s legit because other girls would run their hand up your leg and pay you out if there were any prickly bits. So wrong but when you’re young, you just don’t think anything of it. You do anything to feel accepted.. so glad I didn’t shave my arms like a lot of them did.


  • Wow, 9 years old seems so young but if she is being bullied, then I would


  • It’s not ideal, I suppose, but I’d let her use some form of hair removal.


  • I don’t think there is necessarily a right age you just work with what you think is the right thing to do.


  • It the girl is bored by it, I would definitely let her shave her legs.


  • Yes, if there is a need to do so which there obviously is. I wouldn’t wax as it can be very painful, and rather than shave I would use a hair removal cream as the hair seems to grow back at a slower rate.


  • I would be investigating avenues of safe, painless hair removal for her. Kids and bullying is atrocious, get on top of it before it gets out of control


  • Kids can be so cruel to each other. If only there was a permanent solution.


  • I don’t think there should be any age restriction. Kids need to do it when they feel ready.


  • I started as a teenager but if you have dark hair you would probably like to shave younger than that with parents permission!


  • If you don’t let her she’s probably going to steal a razor from you and do it anyway. At least if you allow it you can show her how and keep her safe?


  • It’s a hard one. On one hand I tend to think 9 is too young but if she is being teased it might be a good idea to consider some kind of hair removal


  • I would wait till she’s 11


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