when is a good age for a girl to start shaving her legs?

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Kiki Lee - posted on 10/14/2012

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I'm only 11 and I already have black hair under my arm pits and I,ve asked my mum if I can shave them and my legs but she said no what do I do

Heidi - posted on 10/21/2011

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My daughter is 8 and has very long hair on her legs and gets teased at school. One day she shaved all her hair off!!! I dont want my daughter to be teased, because I was teased as a child and its horrible. I think its everybody's own choice...

Alyssa - posted on 12/31/2012

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I had triplets in my first pregnancy so I have three girls and they all say they want to shave. I don't allow them to BUT I do let them use Nair! But if you ask me I say they should start shaving when they grow armpit hair or get their period. It just comes down to the thickness and length of the hair. Usually, this is around the age form 10-13!

Marla - posted on 07/19/2009

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I was wondering about this too recently but decided the best time will be when she starts becoming self-conscious and embarrassed about it.

Nelly - posted on 01/02/2012

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We only allowed our daughter 2 shave her legs and under arms when she started high school

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Iveth - posted on 03/13/2014

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im 12 years old and i want to shave my legs so bad because theyre so hairy but my mom says noo that im crazy

Amy - posted on 02/10/2014

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My daughter started when she was 11 but she had quite a bit of hair. We talked about it and went to the store to get supplies together. Then I was eith her the first time she did it to show her and answer questions.

Imogen - posted on 02/08/2014

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im 13 and I still don't shave I think once you get your period you should start or even once you get your under arm hair it really isn't anything to worry about

Gin - posted on 10/20/2013

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I'm almost 13 and I still don't shave...My mum says i'm too young , although I have hit puberty and i'm getting lots of hair everywhere, my mum still says i'm too young..she said I can start when i'm 15. But the girls at school laugh at me when we get changed for PE , I told my mum but she still says i'm too young. In the newspaper the other day it said that 14 year old girls regret shaving. Because all the hairs grow back fast. I don't know.

Kiki Lee - posted on 10/14/2012

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From my personal opinion I think 11 but my mum doesn't agree and won,t let me shave until grade 7 it sucks

Kris - posted on 09/06/2012

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My sister started her period on her 10th birthday. She started puberty the earliest of her two other cousins of the same age. My mom allowed her to shave her legs because they were very much in need as well as under arms. Primarily my mother wanted her to feel comfortable in her own skin. There was also a risk of being made fun of having such a heavy growth of hair in those places. So, if it's time, it's time. It doesn't matter what the age is.

Stacie Renee - posted on 08/30/2012

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my daughter is seven. we started shaving her under arms because when she raised her arms you could see it. but as far as her legs go i think that will be later. most likely 12 or 13.

Lizzy - posted on 08/26/2012

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10-13 yrs old. And it depends on the thickness also. So really it depends but just between those ages.

Jenni - posted on 07/26/2012

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my mom think it is not a good time to and i'am 9 in a half years and what should i do

Nelly - posted on 01/02/2012

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We only allowed our daughter 2 shave her legs and under arms when she started high school

Amanda - posted on 12/10/2011

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I let her start using Nair at the age of 10. She started getting very self conscious about the hair on her legs and arms (I had to admit, they were both kinda long) So I said ok. However, she is a sensitive young lady and was kind of scared about the whole razor thing, so I suggested Nair or Veet. She now thinks it's the greatest invention EVER! lol I'm glad we did it.

Lisa37601 - posted on 12/09/2011

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i agree it should be left up the child
boy or girl. let them tell u.then you talk to them about it.

Christine - posted on 10/24/2011

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I think I was about 12 or 13 when I started. The thing is, my mom wouldn't let me and I was getting made fun of in school by other girls so I started doing it behind her back ...she soon discovered that disposable razors were disappearing and then finally gave in and bought me my own.

Charity - posted on 10/24/2011

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My daughter is eight and came home crying about kids making fun of her hairy legs multiple times. Eventually she shaved by herself without asking. I don't want her doing that again so I do it for her on special events like dance recital or swimming parties but she only asks every once in a while so we just take it one day at a time!

Amanda - posted on 06/06/2010

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my mother always said..when you start your menstual..it was a sign of womanhood, she caved with me (i started shaving at 12) literally 3 days before she passed away..I started my menstrual @ 13..so i would say between 11-13 is an appropriate age to start shaving..this is typically middle school time :)

Kristi - posted on 06/06/2010

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i had to let my little girl start shaving at 10, because she started puberty that early. At 11, she has already developed and looks more like a 13 or 14 yr old. With that said....she had started getting black hair on her legs instead of the fine blonde ones that she had when she was littler. I think it's up to every parent individually, but I didn't want my daughter to be teased so I taught her to do it early. Good luck :)

Shalah - posted on 06/05/2010

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I say it's up to my girls when and if they decide to shave, barring my 7 year old wanting to shave just to be more grown up. That's really personal and it's her body, her choice.

Vicky - posted on 06/04/2010

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I keep my body hairless myself and I expect my daughter to keep the same standard of hygiene. I taught her to shave from the first hair onwards when she was 9 or 10.

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2009

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I was not allowed to shave my legs until I was 13, but I really think it depends on the child, how dark the hair is, and how often the child wears shorts, dresses, etc.

Mirna - posted on 07/28/2009

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NEVER!! if you want her to have smooth legs then waxing is your best bet, the hair gets pulled from the root and she won't have to do it as often as when shaving. I'd say not before her teens because their skin is still delicate.

Heather - posted on 07/27/2009

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I don't have a daughter but my sister does and she had an ingenious idea, my niece is now 16 and has NEVER shaved her legs, from day one my sister taught her daughter how to do the hair removal cream ie Nair..so she has no stuble and barely ever has to do it...

Brandi - posted on 07/27/2009

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I have 3 girls. I let the oldest basicaly when she was hitting purberty. when they start seeing the hair under their arms its time. now my baby she is just 6 i have shaved her legs once when she was 4. she is a very hairy child. and to this day she is always wanting me to shave her legs now.

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I let my daughter start shaving her legs when she turned 11. She is about to enter middle school in the fall. But, she started feeling self conscious around the end of the 5th grade when other girls started saying something about her hairy legs.

Angela - posted on 07/27/2009

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Hello,
My duaghter now 16 was at her dads and her step mom told her it was time at 10...I thought was a bit too young...If I could do it all over again i'd say 12!!! Good luck...

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2009

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Im going to look like the bad guy here but. I dont let my doughter shave because she is only 7 but she races 4 wheelers and she sweats a lot from doing it and gets pimples on her legs from the hairs and she hated the fact that the hairs are so dark on her legs toss. SoI nair her legs for her. I never let her do it by herself. It has helped out a lot with the pimples and the not liking the hairs too.

Teresa - posted on 07/26/2009

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I think it is when the child feels the need to. Or when she is getting teased about her legs. My daughter is 9 and I am letting it up to her. She is a early bloomer...

Casey - posted on 07/26/2009

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I think that the best time is when your daughter gets self conscious about it-and is mature enough to handle the day to day life of it. My daughter is 11years old and she now shaves her legs. we started with an electric razor and Nair..

Connie - posted on 07/26/2009

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I am so glad I read all of these! My daughter is 8 and is going into the 3rd grade. She asked me in the spring if she could shave her legs. Ever since she was little she's had hair on her legs, even her back which is light. I am actually having her tested for early puberty because she already has pubic hair since she was at the late end of 6 yrs old. In the spring she started to wear shorts or skirts with her socks to her knees. The oddity of that is she hates how socks feel, she rolls them down to her ankles. Even ankle socks get rolled. LOL. So I asked her what was up and she said her legs are too hairy, which I agree. I think I may let her with an electric razor. It will be fall soon enough and she won't have to do it at all until the spring again. Thanks everyone!

Debbie - posted on 07/26/2009

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my daughters are 12 and 16 and theydont shave there legs or underarms they use veet hair removal cream which i think is better than shaving

Sharon - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am happy to read all of these great answers, my 7 year old caught me shaving one time, so I shaved her legs so she could see what it looked like, she has dark hair but I only do it when she really begs like now in the summertime her legs show and just below the knees, her hair is not growing back any thicker or darker than it was before.

Kristie - posted on 07/25/2009

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i was 15 years old! it didnt matter because my hair on my leggs were blonde but that is the age i could start shaving

Heather - posted on 07/25/2009

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When she needs to start wearing stockings and high heels. Or never. Your choice. I was about 11 and I begged my mom, because it was for a wedding and I wanted to look all grown up. Mom warned me that the hair on my legs was blond and fine and after I started shaving it would grow back dark and coarse and I'd have to keep shaving. I did it anyway, of course, and butchered my shins. Then I got to go to summer camp where the wool blankets kept ripping the scabs off every night.

Looking back I'd say "30". ; )

Holly - posted on 07/25/2009

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I let my 14 year old shave when she was about 12and now my 10 year old has been begging me for a really long time. I would really like for her to wait at least until 6th grade but I don't know.

Lisa - posted on 07/25/2009

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my daughter was very hairy at a young age, she was made fun of at 8 yrs old so we shaved right away.

Misty - posted on 07/25/2009

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I just went through this with my 12 year old daughter. I had a rule she had to be in 7th grade or 13 which ever came first. Her dad was not pleased but she is in Jr high and was embarassed of the dark hairs on her leg's.

Tamara - posted on 07/24/2009

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My daughter knows I don't shave my legs (or rarely do). I think it is important for children/ adolescents to be aware of social and political considerations in the wider world and be able to make considerations based on critical awareness, familiarity with all the options and knowledge of consequences rather than just being sheep. I wouldn't even consider it an option unless my daughter approached the issue, then I'd want to know why (if it was the result of bullying etc.) and I'd let her know about the other options too.

Deanna - posted on 07/24/2009

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I personally feel that it depends on the amount of hair she has. You know her best and you know her maturity level. If you feel that she has a lot of hair and she is mature enough to handle taking on the responsibility of shaving daily (or almost daily) then let her shave.

Beth - posted on 07/24/2009

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My mom taught me to shave my legs around the time I started my period. Which was the summer between 5th and 6th grade.

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009

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My daughter is 12 and she has very thick hair on her legs but it's blonde, not dark like mine, so i tried to get her to wait as long as she would so it wouldn't darken. She has been 'shaving' for over a year now and i write it that way bc she actually uses Nair Sensitive Formula. This is a compromise that we came to bc i didn't really want her using a razor and she didn't want all that hair. It doesn't always get it all off but it significantly reduces the amount of hair and makes her feel good about herself. It's crucial though that for Nair or any other hair remover to work well is to have ur daughter use this before shaving or let the hair grow out enough bc it doesn't work if the hair isn't long enough......

Suzie - posted on 07/24/2009

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Well my daughter was getting very embarassed with the hair under her arms and on her legs. She is 10 and I let her use hair removal cream. She looks like she is 14 but she is still a little girl who just wants her Mommy.

Robbie - posted on 07/24/2009

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I think it depends on the girl. My aunt never did and she never had hairy legs. I wasn't wanting to where shorts by the time I was 13 and needed to shave. If she only have light little hairs, I would advise her to wait, because once you start you can't really quit.

Michelle - posted on 07/24/2009

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hello, everyone i dont think you can put a time or age on these things because not all girls are the same my girl started having her legs shaved at 7 years old as she was not happy with the hair on her legs she now 9 and shaving them once a week.

Brenda - posted on 07/24/2009

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Middle school is a great age. It's the time girls are more in tune with their own bodies, WANT to learn how to take care of themselves and are capable of doing so. Give your daughter the supplies she needs, a couple of lessons & leave your self open for further questions. My daughter started this year at 12. I'd rather start with shaving/makeup and work our way into boys & dating. Baby steps...

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