The Shaving of the Legs - When to say OK

Natalie - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 60 moms have responded )

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Latina children are just plain hairy. My daughter is 11 and this year we started shaving her armpits. She wants to shave her legs. I say she needs to wait mostly because when you start, its more of a hassle to upkeep. Baby fine hairs turn into thick stubbly hairs. What is your experience with this rite of passage?

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Lynan - posted on 10/05/2009

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I agree it is time to let her when she is asking for it there is a razor that has a 3 blade head with that has fine "guard" wire in front of the blades that completely prevents nicking of the skin. My 13 year old uses that... it is wide handled and easy to use in the shower too. Good luck with this right of passage.

MARIA - posted on 10/05/2009

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I let my daughter shave her legs when she was 11. At 10 years old she asked if she could shave them cause the boy's at school would tease her and I said if next year it was worse ok. Next year rolled around and I couldn't let her go to school with shorts with black hairs. She doesn't have alot of hair but it's black and really stood out. Greeks are equally hairy like Latina's.lol!

Megan - posted on 10/04/2009

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i allowed my daughter to shave her legs the summer that she went in to jr high, she was 11... she has blond hair on her legs but lots of it..

Toni - posted on 10/04/2009

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My daughter had very dark hairy legs, which is funny because she still had thin hair on her head. Anyways at the age of 12, I found it neccessary when she stopped wearing shorts and finally asked how old was I when I started shaving my legs? I think that when it starts to effect how they dress or act-it is time. Also continuing to tell her that the more she shaves them-the more that will come and more upkeep it will be. Don't worry any decision you make will be the right one for you!

Natalie - posted on 10/04/2009

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Thank you all for your comments. I was thinking about getting her a 'Flicker' razor (yeah I know I am going a few years back). Those didn't have horizontal blades - easier to hold, less change of 'digging' or 'nicking' her skin. Teenage years here we come...

Heather - posted on 10/04/2009

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There are bigger issues than that, let her do it if she wants, she's the one that has to put up with it................

Stacey - posted on 10/03/2009

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I think it would be okay to let her shave her legs. I started shaving at about the same age.

User - posted on 10/03/2009

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I think 11 is about the age most girls start shaving/waxing various parts of their bodies. My daughter is 12, she started shaving her eye brows about 18 months ago & denied it when I mentioned it to her. She first started shaving her armpits as her older sister told her that underarm hair adds to body odor. They grow up so quickly, girls in particular, I still remember the girls saying that underarm hair on daddy was his stuffing coming out. We talked about the reasons behind shaving/waxing & why she felt the need to shave her eyebrows. In the end I took her to the beautician to have them waxed, she seemed pleased with the results & I no longer have to worry about blades near her eyes.

Ismene - posted on 10/03/2009

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my daughter (12) wanted to wax her legs this summer. i let her as the hairs grow back much finer. having said that she has not asked to do it again!

Jan - posted on 10/03/2009

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Hi Natalie, my daughter started shaving her legs around the age of 12. I had already been through it with my other 2 daughters, so I guess she thought it would be ok to do it without asking!! Although she is very fair she too was very hairy. Kids grow up so quickly now, I wish she had waited a little longer but hey ho, its done & dusted. Good luck whatever you decide. x

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