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#104145 - 01/18/13 10:21 PM 7yo daughter
Fairygirl Offline
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My 7yo daughter is quite a hairy child - arms, legs, and a small amount on her back and face. I have been on here before asking for suggestions for how to deal with the areas that concern her the most.

She has been asking all summer to help her do something about the long dense hairs on her arms. They are very noticeable and go from her shoulder to her wrist. A mix of dark and blonde hairs. She hates them. She and I are wanting to try electrolysis on them to thin them out and make them look less obvious. Unfortunately it looks like a major job to me as there are so many of them.

Because of her age, most electrologists are reluctant to even attempt it. I know the hair is still growing in but surely if we battle against it for a while we will win in the end and it will look a bit more natural. Her arms are hairier then most mens arms.

I dont want to subject her to veeting or waxing every week knowing that we are doing nothing to help the situation in the long run. Also unless we did the entire arm she will have a "tide mark" where the waxing stopped and started and that would look ridiculous.

Could the experts on here please let me know what you think. Would this take forever to thin out a bit?

Shes a sensitive little soul and I hate seeing her struggle with her hairiness on a daily basis. I can talk until im blue in the face about differences and accepting things but at the end of the day shes doesnt like them, she hates being teased about them and I know myself if they were my arms I would do something about it as well.

I have explained the electrolysis method to her and she is keen to try. The problem is finding someone who is excellent and willing to attempt it on her.

I have attached a photo. It hasnt photographed well and it looks much more obvious in real life. Its very light fluffy hair and "puffs" up off her arms a lot. Most of the hairs are about an inch long.

There is nothing wrong with her hormones apparently. But i did wonder if they would naturally thin at puberty when estrogen or something kicks in??? Can this happen?

Any advice would be appreciated
Thanks



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#104147 - 01/18/13 10:52 PM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: Fairygirl]
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My first thought is bleaching, bearing in mind that if it stings,it needs to be washed off immediately, and continued the next day,until a perfect result is achieved. Have you tried this? The change in appearance is spectacular and could keep your daughter happy for years. (with regular applications).
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#104148 - 01/18/13 10:58 PM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: C O'Connell]
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Hi Christine,

We have tried bleaching. The sun has lightened it up a bit over summer (she is a bit wet in the photo) but theres just so much of it and even when its lighter its so obvious as theres just so much of it frown

The lovely endocrinologist that we saw about it said "it reminded him of a sheepskin rug"! I dont think she has forgotten that comment.

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#104163 - 01/19/13 01:08 AM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: Fairygirl]
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That comment appalls me, how insensitive.
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#104164 - 01/19/13 01:15 AM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: C O'Connell]
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I would love Dees' opinion here, as a nurse and a Mom, what would you do? I have treated some children in the past,but only for facial hair, and only if they themselves wished to undergo the treatment. Peer opinions please, this child is clearly very distressed and local treatment is not an option. Would you consider waxing?
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#104165 - 01/19/13 01:17 AM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: Fairygirl]
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Technically it should be not problem, and an experienced electrologist might achieve a surprisingly good reduction even after the first clearance.

My main concerns regard the pain. Your daughter must be absolutely willing to have long and painful treatments - otherwise she will not be able to keep up with the pain. In my eyes that experience even might traumatize Your daughter; we must at least be very careful about it. Which means that the desire to get rid of that hair must come exclusevily from Your daughter. I write that mainly because of an earlier discussion where that motivation appeared a bit unclear to me - and remember: this will be readable by others in the future.

Applying numbing, even EMLA, is more difficult because that small girl may by far not be treated with the amount of cream (i.e. area to be numbed) as grown ups. IMO this should be done only upon request of a physician.
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#104184 - 01/19/13 08:34 PM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: beate_r]
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My grandaughter demanded her unibrow be done and she is about the same age. She did not flinch, or whine. Of course, she didn't show any reaction to getting her ears pierced either. She wanted that as well. Her mom has a real handful of a princess there.
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#105600 - 03/21/13 09:30 PM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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If you haven't yet found someone willing to do electrolysis, try using electric hair clippers with the 1/4" guards and shave her arms. Optional: You could then try to soften the clipped hairs with the fine sandpaper hair removal pads. It looks more natural than complete bald arms and it takes down the length if the hairs are bleached. That's what I used to do.

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#105606 - 03/22/13 07:23 AM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: CareBearhair]
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Thanks CareBearhair.

We still havent done anything at all. Im so scared of stimulating the area somehow and making the problem worse for her. At this stage Im still just assuring her of how wonderful she is and trying to keep her busy with other stuff so she doesnt dwell on it too much smile Its okay for the moment and where we are we are heading into the colder weather so we have a couple of months give or take of hiding under winter layers before the problem will arise again.

Appreciate the advice, thank you smile

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#105608 - 03/22/13 03:10 PM Re: 7yo daughter [Re: Fairygirl]
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Fairygirl, I am electrologist but I am writing you about my personal experience with arm hair. There was a professional photo taken of me at about age 5. I was positioned in the photo with my arms leaning over a pillow so they were front and center. The amount of hair on my arms was unbelievable - long and black. I assume that it fell off in the few years following, as I can not recall being upset by it or having anyone say something about it. Honestly it was much worse than what I saw on your daughter. My thought is that this hair may very well fall off. Did the endocronologist suggest that this may be the case? You may want to ask him if it were to fall off is there an age where this tends to happen. Your estrogen thought is a good one but I can tell you that mine did not take that long. Best wishes!
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