My 5 Yo Daughter Has Hairy Legs

Updated on August 31, 2011
L.M. asks from Hicksville, NY
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I know it's stupid but my beautiful 5 yo daughter has hairy legs. Kind of dark colored hair too (brown). I am not super hairy and neither is my hubby! I don't know why her legs are like this. My other daughter is not at all hairy. I KNOW I am NOT GOING TO START SHAVING HER LEGS ladies! So please don't yell at me. AND YES I ALSO KNOW I CAN JUST IGNORE IT! But does anyone have any other ideas that would be safe and ok for her age or no, do we just deal with it wait till she's older? Thanks mamas.

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Thank you ladies. It does not bother her yet. Other people have mentioned it to me not in a mean way just surprised that her legs are so hairy. (Not everyone but when you are close to her legs in the pool or whatever.) My mom, DH and a few of my friends have said something to me - not to her! No I will not do anything if it doesn't bother her. Thanks for the advice re shaving. If it bothers her, I will shave it for her, I guess. I don't care how old she is. BTW, it doesn't really bother me. She's a gorgeous happy girl; but as you all have said, kids can be mean. Why give her a hardship she doesn't have to have? For now she is only 5 and who cares. Its not so bad that someone would notice across the room or something! Thanks again!

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answers from Lincoln on

I'm agreeing with Jacy on does she notice it or is she embarrassed by it? I'd say that if she doesn't seem to let on that it bothers her then just ignore it and don't bring attention to it.

Also, you're making me glad I have a little boy! Good luck! :-)

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answers from Los Angeles on

is she embarrassed by it? if not dont worry about it.

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answers from Detroit on

My 5 year old does too!!!!! I have wondered the same thing. At this point, she has no idea how much and how dark her leg hairs are (in comparison to others her age)... but this is going to be an issue at some point sooner than later I'm sure! Ugh!

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answers from Dallas on

Who does it bother? YOU or her? That's the question.

As soon as SHE mentions that it bothers HER then do something about it.

Hopefully, you are keeping your feelings to YOURSELF and not attributing to a self conscious issue aimed at her.

Deal with the issue when your daughter notices and is ready to deal with it.

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answers from Austin on

As long as it does not bother her, leave it be..

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answers from Washington DC on

My DD has a bit of dark hair on her legs and a little across her shoulders. No idea where that came from but I'm just going to let it ride and deal with it when it bothers her. Likelyhood is that most summers it will be lighter and the rest of the year it will be covered. She also has a birthmark and I call it her "kissy spot" because I don't want her to feel ashamed. I know from experience with older kids that there will always be something, so I'll wait to see what she comes up with.

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answers from Seattle on

Does anyone have any suggestions for when she does notice? When would you say she is old enough to start shaving or does anyone have any other suggestions for hair removal? Or do you think mama should give her a talk and have her wait til a certain age? I'm sure L. isn't going to say anything to her 5yo but is just trying to stay ahead of the game and get advice for when the issue does come up. : )

I'll admit I'm curious about answers, I remember when I was little and wanting to shave but it was forbidden I was told I was too young. I was very self conscious.

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answers from Redding on

I didnt notice or care about my overly hairly legs till I was about 11, Mom let me shave them when I started 7th grade. I really had no issue with it till then. Shaving sucks..... I've been doing it for 43 years now. WHY WON'T IT STOP GROWING? That is my question, lol.

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answers from Victoria on

My 5 year old has the same thing- but her hair is light but there is lots of it! Yes, she notices- She always tells me "she has hairy legs and when am I going to shave them!" Obviously I dont shave them and the issue goes away for a while but I have a feeling she will be shaving way before my oldest daughter did.

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answers from New York on

Is this unusual? Both my daughters have hair on their legs already - 5.5 and almost 7. It's not super dark or heavy though and I assumed this is when it starts. I'd wait and see if it becomes an issue of any kind. She's certainly not alone. I think the options are the same as for an adult - waxing, shaving, Nair type stuff. None seem great for a young kid so I'd wait until it seems to bother her. I'm sure other people think nothing of it.

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answers from New York on

If kids are not noticing, commenting or picking on her, then I don't think you need to do anything about it at such a young age. My daughter had to shave under her arms by age 10. and her legs at 11. If she was younger, I'd probably have had her do a depilatory cream instead of shaving.

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answers from Williamsport on

My poor little 5 year old daughter has them too! It can come from anywhere in the family gene pool. I take full credit in my house. I've always been fair skinned, brunette, with HAIRY legs. If I shave, the hair is so thick and black under my fair skin, a fresh shave looks days old, and I get all cut up. So I've waxed for many years, and all other, ahem, essential hair neatness, has been achieved with laser zapping. Phew.

My legs traumatized me as a kid on an advanced gymnastics team with uniforms and no leg warmers allowed. My mom wouldn't let me shave for quite a while. For that reason, as SOON as my daughter mentions that it bugs her, I will help her shave. Even if she's still 5. But I don't mention it, and she doesn't mind for now.

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answers from Rochester on

One of my nieces has the same issue (her hair is very dark and very thick) and it's so noticeable. I don't know what I'd do if it were me!!

I guess wait until she shows an interest, and then let her shave. Why is any age too young or old to shave? If she starts caring, shave her legs for her...really, who cares?

I'm sorry, I don't see the difference between this and taking a five year old to get a pedicure/manicure. It's all "looks." I really don't see anything wrong with shaving a child's legs...if THEY want to do it. (However, I think I'd skip the Nair.)

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answers from San Francisco on

Does she even notice it? I imagine at age five she doesn't, it seems to be bothering YOU though, but why? (and no, I am not yelling, just asking)
I always say, when is a girl old enough to shave? When she's old enough to care :)

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