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6 year old has hairy legs and is starting to get bullied at school. She wants to shave as she is being teased at school. What age would you let your child start to shave or wax their legs?

Posted anonymously, 3rd February 2015

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  • I would start now. If it will make her feel nore confident, why not?

  • I know of a primary school aged girl who had IPL treatments to remove unwanted hair on her legs.

  • Oh my goodness. I would think teen years at least; I can’t believe this is an issue just yet.

  • When they feel well and ready. I would try to do a more permanent hair removal especially if the young one is quite hairy.
    Kids can be so mean, it’s a real shame.

  • One of my daughter’s friends had laser treatment on her legs while she was in primary school in order to reduce/remove the dark hairs on her legs.

  • Kids can be so cruel. It’s horrible that they would tease your daughter over something so natural.
    I personally started shaving without Mum’s permission at 11 years of age.
    Try to wait, she is still only so young & there is no guarantee she won’t then be bullied for shaving!
    Have a chat with your school about what’s happening & perhaps they can hold a special class explaining growing up to the younger ones.
    If the bullying continues & you think you’ve tried all other options then look into hair removal.
    Best of luck.

  • I would have said “no way, 6 is too young.” Until I read the entire question. She’s being bullied, once they start, they won’t stop. I’ld getting nipping it in the bud now. Take her to a beauty salon at first, they know what they’re doing

  • I think I was about 12/13 but I didn’t have too dark hair. She does seem too young to start shaving, there are other options like Nair and creams. It’s horrible how bullying can start so young.

  • I was 10 or 11 which is young and I have the shaving scars to prove it. Maybe try bleaching it if it’s dark. I’d remind her that she’s beautiful and talented as bullying can be soul destroying

  • Don’t shave or wax… You can use Nair or some other cream types of hair removal, it may be better!

  • not until she is about twice that age but in your situation, i understand that you want to give her self esteem, as long as she then doesn’t get teased for shaving.

  • I had the same issue with my eldest daughter, she has always had thick dark hair and lots of it , I helped her shave legs at 8, I figured she eventually would and it was not a big hassle and she felt more confident

  • Myself with fair hair have gotten away with it but my daughter in law and her daughter are dark hair. Something to do with eastern europe. My grand daughter was born with a hairy back and long hair on her ears. I was worried for her so was wondering this myself. At 6 months she is slowly losing it on the ears.
    Her mother had her leg hairs bleached when in single figures, then at 11 was allowed to shave. At six I think too young and yes see a doctor for advice.

  • As my previous comment; I would still see a GP for advice; if you do decide to go down the hair removal path; look into hair removal creams. Possibly a safer alternative than razors. Always test on an area of skin before use. However; 6 is so terribly young and she would need your constant help and support with hair removal. Maybe look into age appropriate book about body image and also bullying can be addressed at a school level as it is unacceptable. I do feel for both of you.

  • ideally I think not before 10, children are more developed these days, my daughter got her period at 11, her breasts were developing by then, where I was 13 before I needed a training bra, but if it is causing her concern and there is no hormonal issues causing it I would explain that it is painful but I would find a sympathetic beautician and get her legs waxed, it lasts longer and the regrowth is slower and finer, this is what I did with my daughter as it was concerning her and it was affecting her self confidence, I was also concerned that she would take matters into her own hands and shave them herself and we would end up in the emergency room, Basically if it concerns her sort it out but explaining that it is painful she has to go thru with it completely. Life is to short to be concerned about hair growth, the other option is a depilatory cream that is painless and you can do at home easily but her skin may be to fragile for that, it is a matter of testing, but may be more economical.

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