What razors to use to teach an 11 year old how to shave?

Daisy - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My 11 year old is ready to shave and I don't know what is the best ones to get her as a beginner. As you can tell, I don't want her to rip open her skin. Please help.

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Melissa - posted on 05/09/2013

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My Daughter is 11yrs old n ready to start shaving, if I like it or not...lol ;-) my baby is growing up :-( but she has sensitive skin n CAN'T use the hair removal creams, so what should I do? A few people told me about a razor called flicker that they USED 2 have in the 80's n IT'S PERFECT!!! But, OF COURSE, it's discontinued.......my luck right...lol, but does anyone know of a SIMILAR 1?? Cuz I LOVE my baby girl (I have 3 so after this 1 starts the other 2 are most SURELY going to follow suit) but I don't think that a regular razor should be used to START with, so ANY suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, thanks in advance!

Valeria - posted on 07/08/2013

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My daughter is 12 she started shaving at middle school so around 11 and she's great! She uses Venus and its perfect! If its expensive just try it u never know its what ever is best for your daughter:)

Erica - posted on 07/12/2009

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We got my daughter an electric razor to start with. She discovered quickly that if she didn't hold it at the right angle it would pinch, but wouldn't cut. It was a breeze to move her to a regualr razor because the angle is the same!

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I think it is too young; but if you must...pluck under arm with tweezer...if you shave it will grow out very coarse and thick...by plucking it...she will not have to do it but maybe once a week (a few hair) but if she shave will have to do daily.

Carol - posted on 05/09/2013

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I remember a college chemistry prof. fuming about Nair 20 years ago. It's still on the market, so I assume no one's died from it. Still - Nair's active ingredient (calcium hydroxide) is designed to break down the keratin in hair to liquefy it. Human skin also contains a fair amount of keratin, which is where the danger arises. It can cause chemical burns, infection, sunburn like problems, etc. Washing Nair off with soap can cause an even bigger problem when the chemicals in the soap react with the chemicals in the Nair.

I'll stick to razors. Any advice for boys shaving and when to start? My 12 year old has pretty pronounced mustache fuzz going on.

Read more: Health Risks of Nair Hair Remover | eHow http://www.ehow.com/facts_5729983_health...

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Ginny - posted on 07/17/2009

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My daughter is 10 she started shaving last year,she is very concerned about her looks.I did not let her use razors because even us adults still nick ourselves.So I bought her the nair hair removal lotion.She likes that.Just put it on leave it set and wipe off.

Julie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I think shaving is a personal choice if the hair on her legs are making your daughter feel uncomfortable then you should allow to shave. But you shouldn't make a big deal about it. When my daughter wanted to start shaving her legs I let her but it didn't last to long but she will do it for time to time or if we go to out for a special occasions (she is about to be 17). It the for arm pit hair unless it uncomfortable and causing body odor it you cut it and it is just a little fuzz cutting it will only make it worse.

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have u considered nair if not then i would go with the venus 5 blade it's head is fuller and from a girl who used to cut herself a lot this blade hasn't cut me yet (knock on wood)

KATHLENA - posted on 07/12/2009

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I thought 11yrs old was to young to shave too. But my 11yrs duaghter came to me and asked to shave. She is well developed and her legs were hairy. So i suggest to her she use veet hair remover. Omg it is the best for her. She uses it once every 6-8 weeks. She loves it. She doesnt have to worry about cuts and razor burn. I suggest all teen to try it. My baby girl loves it.

Lisa - posted on 07/12/2009

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My husband decided that she should start with an electric razor/or battery operated that sits on a charger. It was about $20 at sears. This was great & it met her need to shave and our need to keep her safe. That was a year ago. Now she is 12 & very comfortable with shaving. She says the bic ones are too cheap & nic her, but the other disposable ones are cool

Jenny - posted on 07/11/2009

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hi, im so glad we have a topic on this, my daughter is eleven in september and is going through puberty, did'nt know whether it was time for her to start shaving .she has spoke to me about it and asked could she start shaving,but to me she still feels very young ,so it's something i am considering ,or maybe a hair removal cream, i don't realy know what to suggest as it's something that i need to consider myself but best of luck

Jessica - posted on 06/29/2009

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my one daughter started growing heavy long dark hair under her arms at a the young age of 7 and we started her off with the same razor I use Schick silk effect. We haven't had a problem with her cutting herself. She now almost 10

Maria - posted on 06/29/2009

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Hi, ladies! I absolutely understand your predicament! I think it's a personal choice. Although I don't have girls, I remember when my sister and I were teased quite often and it made us self-conscious to the point that we felt it was time to shave. My mom may have had her reasons not to let us do it, but in the end, it was our decision. I've tried both, but personally, I went the route of Nair since it kept the hair follicles off longer and the hair didn't grow as coarse as when you shave with the razor. My sister used the razor with moisturizer to prevent razor burns. But, if you're leaning towards the razor, I would recommend the Schick brand, either the xtreme comfortplus3 (with moisturizer) or venus., which are specifically designed for women. They're a little bit more but it'll save you the hassle and the pain from the nicks and cuts from a regular razor.

Pamela - posted on 06/29/2009

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Quoting Becki:



Quoting Pamela:




Quoting Becki:

Hi Daisy, How did your daughter decide it was time to shave? i have talked to my 11year old and she does not want to start shaving. she is starting middle school in the fall, when i was this age i shaved, should i force her to start or wait until she is ready? I have no clue about the razor, i was hoping to find one aimed at young ladies.








I would not force her to shave, we shouldn't force our kids to grow up any faster than they already do. When she is ready, she will let you know. I noticed my daughter wouldn't wear shorts, even in over 100 degree weather, that's how I knew it was time to talk about it. She was shy in admitting that she wanted to, but you'll see the signs as well.








 








Good Luck.










thanks pamela, i do not want to force her but at the same time i know how  mean girls that age can be and was a bit concerned she would get teased at her new school. i did explain to her that it is a lifelong committment and thought maybe that persuaded her to now want to shave. for now i will put it on the back burner and wait for the signs.





 



 



Becki, I can tell that your main concern is your daughter and her well being. Yes, girls at that age can be very mean, and I was also concerned for my daughter, she had very long dark hair on her legs. If you talk with your daughter more over the summer, and let her know that, although it is a lifelong committment, its not daily torture either, give her information to make the decision on her own. Also, if she starts school and gets picked on, she may start covering her legs, giving you that sign that she may be ready. I know as parents we want to prevent our children from being picked on, but the kids who pick on other kids will always find something and we can't take away or change everything those kids will find to pick on, what we can do is teach our girls how to handle it and move on without being really affected by "mean girls"



My best advice, though you seem to have the right idea already, keep your eyes and ears open for signs, and keep the conversation going a little bit at a time so she knows that when shes ready, you are too.

Becki - posted on 06/29/2009

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Quoting Pamela:



Quoting Becki:

Hi Daisy, How did your daughter decide it was time to shave? i have talked to my 11year old and she does not want to start shaving. she is starting middle school in the fall, when i was this age i shaved, should i force her to start or wait until she is ready? I have no clue about the razor, i was hoping to find one aimed at young ladies.






I would not force her to shave, we shouldn't force our kids to grow up any faster than they already do. When she is ready, she will let you know. I noticed my daughter wouldn't wear shorts, even in over 100 degree weather, that's how I knew it was time to talk about it. She was shy in admitting that she wanted to, but you'll see the signs as well.






 






Good Luck.






thanks pamela, i do not want to force her but at the same time i know how  mean girls that age can be and was a bit concerned she would get teased at her new school. i did explain to her that it is a lifelong committment and thought maybe that persuaded her to now want to shave. for now i will put it on the back burner and wait for the signs.

Pamela - posted on 06/29/2009

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Quoting Becki:

Hi Daisy, How did your daughter decide it was time to shave? i have talked to my 11year old and she does not want to start shaving. she is starting middle school in the fall, when i was this age i shaved, should i force her to start or wait until she is ready? I have no clue about the razor, i was hoping to find one aimed at young ladies.



I would not force her to shave, we shouldn't force our kids to grow up any faster than they already do. When she is ready, she will let you know. I noticed my daughter wouldn't wear shorts, even in over 100 degree weather, that's how I knew it was time to talk about it. She was shy in admitting that she wanted to, but you'll see the signs as well.



 



Good Luck.

Angela - posted on 06/29/2009

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Thank you for the advice.... I am facing this with 2 10 year olds... 1 of them really needs to shave and the other 1 can wait a little longer... I just don't want them to start to early and regret it... this is something they will have to do the rest of their lives.

Pamela - posted on 06/29/2009

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My oldest (11 yrs) needs to shave as well, I think the safest is electric, but if you choose to use regular blades, the Schick Silk Effects is great, it has safety wires over the blades, you can't feel them and they don't affect the quality of the shave, but they protect from nicks and cuts.

Becki - posted on 06/29/2009

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Hi Daisy, How did your daughter decide it was time to shave? i have talked to my 11year old and she does not want to start shaving. she is starting middle school in the fall, when i was this age i shaved, should i force her to start or wait until she is ready? I have no clue about the razor, i was hoping to find one aimed at young ladies.

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