Shaving the legs

Marisabel - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I have an 11 year old girl who is asking me if she can shave her legs. At what age should girls start shaving?

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Kelly - posted on 05/27/2009

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My daughter asked me at 10 at first I said NO!! Then I noticed 9 months later she was hair free and knicked herself. By then she was 11 I sat her down showed her the correct way of doing it and basically gave in... Its better to show her and help her be prepared than having her hurt herself and feeling like she should sneak around. At first she was shaving almost daily then weekly now off and on again...She is in 6th grade now and she shaves when she feels she needs to. I also explained that the sooner she shaves the sooner the hair grows back darker and pricklier...personal exp......I also have her use hair conditioner instead of shaving cream cuz it seems to give more protection against the knicking.....

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Nelly - posted on 12/05/2010

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My daughter just started shaving her legs and she's 14 that also goes for her under arms

Rebecca - posted on 10/16/2010

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My daughter is 11 and started shaving this past summer....she has light hair on her legs but it was noticeable to her....under her arms she also has hair....I showed her and watched her how to do it....she is ok with it also

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When they're bothered by the hair on their legs. If you're against shaving, you can share your opinion regarding it (just to show her that not shaving is also acceptable), but accept her choice in the end. I didn't bother asking, I just took my mom's razor and shaved my legs when I was 11 because my class went to the waterslides at the end of the year and I got teased :(

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I had to teacher her to shave when she was 9 years old....she used to get teased at school by some other kids who used to call her names and talk about her "hairy legs" so that weekend, we shaved. I've been shaving her armpits since she was 8 1/2...so i think it was about time.

Christina - posted on 01/30/2010

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i think it depends on the age my daughter started at 13. but i know some girls that started before 10. but i guess when you daughter starts her period at 8 that can happen. i sat down with my daughter and we balked about it. i got her the razor with the shaving conditoner around the blades and she hasnt had any problems where me at 31 still nic my knees. you let them when you feel they are ready and mature enough it just all depends on when you think she is

Vicki - posted on 01/30/2010

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my 11 year old daughter shaves her legs with a gentle lady shaver wouldnt let her use razor or eppilator way to harsh for delicate skin

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My daughter started needing to shave her underarms at that age. I was going to have her wait a little longer before shaving her legs, but she kind of did it and I went with the flow. When girls start developing physically, their lower leg hair seems to thicken and become more noticeable, so I think it depends on how your daughter feels about those changes, too. (note: my daughter started getting her period at age 10, so her body was already getting mature before age 11)

Cheryl - posted on 01/06/2010

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my daughter wanted to start shaving her legs in the last year of middle school but i said no! i thought it was too early but told her she could shave them when she starts high school. i also got her an electric lady shaver too, which helped for a while but it wasn't long before she was wet shaving!

Maureen - posted on 01/06/2010

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I would say if it is becoming something she is self conscious about, it is time to let her do it. This is such a funny age - they are so self conscious about everything that if I can take one thing away and ease her mind about it, I try to do that. I showed my daughter how to do it and got her what she needed and she was on her own. She will be 12 soon and I just kind of feel like everything will have to come one step at a time.

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My daughter got her period when she was 10, almost 11, and has been shaving her legs and underarms since the summer after she turned 10 when I bought her an electric razor. I've never had her use a disposable razor and she's never asked. She's almost 13 now, so I don't believe it will be necessary for her to use a disposable anytime soon since nobody else should be touching her legs to know just how smooth they are or aren't and the electric razor works sufficiently for any visibly noticeable hair.

Teri - posted on 11/11/2009

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My daughter will be 11 next month and I told her that she can start next summer. We live in Wisconsin, so there will be no need for it until June when the shorts come out. Besides, it's extra warmth. hehe I may have to check those pits though.

Kathy - posted on 10/31/2009

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When my daughters and granddaughter were about 10. They have dark hair and it is really noticable. So it was a social thing where they did not want to get teased. You know how girls are at that age.

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i let them shave as soon as they were really aware of the fact that they hated the hair...they were 10

Rhonda - posted on 09/11/2009

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I let my 12 year old start shaving her underarms when that needed it but I did not allow her to shave her legs till she started her Period. We both agreed that shaving the legs was something WOMEN do not kids and when she became a WOMAN she could do it. Now she shaves about 1 time a week ( so do I so I think she gets it from me)

Debbie - posted on 07/09/2009

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My daughter will be 12 in Sept. and started shaving about 2 years ago. My first reaction was NO. but then I realized she was shaving under her arms because it needed to be done, so I showed her how and just had to realize my little girl was growing up!

Julia - posted on 07/06/2009

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My daughter is 11 and has recently started shaving, although only with an electric shaver at the moment, so no nasty nicks! I have had to come to terms with the fact she is growing up...way quicker than i did, and respect the fact that she has to start making her own choices regarding her own body.

Lee - posted on 07/03/2009

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I actually caught my daughter shaving her legs at 10. She had some dark hair on her legs and was getting picked on. I think 11 is an appropriate age. They do grow up so fast!

Bonnie - posted on 07/02/2009

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My 11 year old has been for 2 years now. She just started using her sisters razors and thought mom did not notice.

HEATHER - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter just turned 12 and started shaving! She does well with it ( after I showed her the correct way). It certainly is a turning point from child to young lady!

Beth Anne - posted on 05/26/2009

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My daughter is also 11. She will be 12 in August. She asked me about 6 months ago if she could shave her legs. I decided that if she was asking I better take a deep breath and realize she is growing up. I showed her how to shave her legs and talked to her about how now it is a "skill" she has. She can choose to shave her legs or not, as she wishes, when and if she wishes. We talked about how some women shave, some don't, some shave once in a while and some all the time. The first 2 months she shaved her legs every week but then the newness of it all wore off. Now she hardly ever bothers. Learning how and being respected as ready for this step though gave her a lot of self confidence and allowed her to feel that I can see she is growing more mature each day and be positive about it.

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