What is the average age for a girl to start shaving?
Kittyclaw from Hendersonville, TN
Usually any age between 10 and 13. Normally when they start to grow pubic hair and their leg hair starts to get thicker. Hope this helps. (06/01/2006)
I told my daughter that she had to wait until she started her period before she could shave. She was thrilled to start shaving, but she found it to
actually be a curse, too, after awhile. (06/02/2006)
Your daughter will know when it's time. Trust her judgement. When she starts feeling uncomfortable with her excess hair, when her friends are doing
it and/or making comments. I started around 12 or 13, but I took it a little too far the first time. I shaved my legs and my arms. (06/02/2006)
I started the summer after 6th grade. I felt a lot of pressure from classmates to start shaving. (06/03/2006)
I started shaving Saturday, and I didnt even have to ask. My mom walked into my room and told me that she thought I should start shaving. She found
her electric shaver, and she helped me with the first leg but after she showed me I got the hang of it. I love my silky smooth legs. I think it is a
good time to shave when ever you feel self concious. It is okay, just go to your mom in a serious tone and ask her woman to woman that you think it is
about time that you start shaving. When you first start shaving I think it is good to start with an electric razor, because it is almost impossible to
cut yourself and it even tickles until you get used to it. Good luck girls. (04/30/2007)
By Kayla C.
I'm 30, I have a condition called PCOS, and I got dark hair when I was around 8-9 years old. My mom taught me to shave around 10 years old. I started
waxing my lip and eyebrows when I was 14. I'm really sorry some moms are being strict about it. It's hard being a teenager and having hairy anything
just makes it that much harder. (06/25/2007)
By guest named jo
I personally have just started, and I'm 15. Honestly, the only time it bugs me is when I go swimming, but no one has ever said anything about it to
me. The fact that I rarely show off my legs might have something to do with it, but if no one notices, I say don't bother. For example, my friends
started shaving around the seventh grade, but I honestly couldn't tell. (And one of them shaves her arms.) I honestly only started noticing body hair
on my peers when the guys started with the serious 'woolly man-beast' legs, about this year. (9th grade/HS freshman)
Just my two cents. (06/27/2007)
By A. Moral
To All Moms from a much older Mom: Please talk to your children about this topic (and all others). Help them be comfortable with approaching you about
personal hygiene and health issues. Understand that when something as simple as this is a major concern for your kids it is important to discuss and
teach. Shaving necessitates using a razor. If your child is really bothered by hairy legs/underarms, please get them their own razor/shaving cream and
teach them. Don't risk having them use friends' razors etc. Healthwise this is very dangerous. Bloodborne diseases (Hepatitis C and HIV) CAN be
transmitted in this manner and it really is not worth the risk. This is an issue that goes beyond shaving. If your child is afraid to approach you for
shaving their legs, what else won't they talk to you about? This goes for daughters and sons. (07/02/2007)
My first daughter, who is now 21 and hates to have to shave, wanted to shave at 12. Because she had very little noticible hair that was blonde peachy
fuzz, I encouraged her to hold off, but she insisted and just starting doing it againt my judgment. My second daughter is from an Italian-Greek father
and has dark brown hair. I bought her an Intiution razor about six months ago, told her it was time to start shaving, and showed her how. I wanted to
save her embarrassment with the black, hairy legs and pit hair. She'll be 14 in Oct. Every girl is different and develops at different stages. The
reason moms do not want you to rush into shaving is because we know what drudgery it is to be a slave to a razor for the next 40+ years of your life.
Don't be in a rush to grow up girls, but if you are noticing the hair and feel self conscious about it, be open with your moms and if they demand that
you not shave well, then I guess you'll either be stuck with hair, or you'll be shaving at your BF's house. (08/22/2007)
By A. Mom
I am a mom of an almost 12 year old. Of course I don't want my baby girl to start shaving. It means she is growing up, She also has never made a big
deal out of it and I think she knows how bad I hate shaving and once you start you have to keep it up. Anyway, summer is coming and I have been
noticing black underarm hair for a while now and it is getting really bushy and I am gonna go ahead and teach her how to shave because she really
needs to and I want her to be safe about it. I put it off as long as I could but I would hate for another kid at school to make a big deal out of it
and embarrass her.
So if you are scared to ask your mom make sure you actually need to shave and she should understand completely. You know us moms were kids once
too. Good luck. (05/02/2008)
By Loving Mom
My daughter is 9 and she is welcome to start shaving anytime she wants. A lot of mothers say no because you catch them off guard and it is just a
reflex. Girls, it is important to give them a little time to think about it before they answer. No mother wants to admit to themselves that their baby
girl is growing up. Please do not be afraid to ask and give her time to deside. You might be suprised at the answer you get. It is very important to
be able to talk to your mothers, always. Explain that it make you feel bad to be hairy and you might get further then just asking if you can shave.
Good luck. (07/06/2008)
I'm fifteen and I haven't started shaving yet.
Thanks to all you girls for the honesty here. I have an 11 year old who has mentioned that she feels ready to shave. I remember sneaking my sister's
razor in 5th grade, so I did not want her to go through that (I didn't know what I was doing and cut myself really bad). I think that it should be up
to the girl herself. If you are ready and it can help your self esteem, ask your parents. They want you to feel good about yourself. I'm saying yes
to my daughter today. (10/28/2008)
By Michele/A Mom
I don't know if I want to shave ? And who am I shaving for ?
I have a lot of hair on my legs .no ones commented on it (only the hair on my arms) but when I wear short dresses or shorts ,skirts etc. I get embarrassed and want to shave . I read articles about it and made me more confused.do I want to shave because social pressure or for me .if I shave giving in society's pressure on woman ? I'm going on a trip in a couple of days to a warm place which means (short dresses, skirts,bathing suits,shorts) and I don't want to get there then decide i want to shave .I also don't want to shave and get thicker darker leg hair when it grows back and get stuck in a routine were I feel like I have to shave. What should I do ?
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