At what age should a girl start shaving her legs?

Anna - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is twelve and wants to shave her legs. They have a soft blonde fuzz on them and she thinks its ugly. You can't even see it unless you look really closely. Some of her friends at school started shaving this year. However her birthday is in June and is the youngest in the class, many of her friends got to shave when they turned 13. I am asking her to wait until she is a little older as it is a decision you make that effects the rest of your life. And its not something you can quit. I don't think she is mature enough to do this. When should a girl start shaving?

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Alison - posted on 08/17/2010

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I think 12 is perfectly reasonable. If she feels ready, I would totally let her. Otherwise, she will probably just do it behind your back or resent you.



I disagree that when a girl should start shaving is such a big decision. If she starts to shave, then decides it doesn't matter enough for her to keep it up, I think it is her decision.

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If she's uncomfortable w/ her leg hair... it's time, regardless of age. Just make sure she knows that if she starts... it's a lifetime commitment. ;)

Melissa - posted on 08/17/2010

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I Think You Should Let Her, The Last Thing You Want Is Her To Be Self-Conscious About Herself.
What I Dont Understand Is How It Is Really Going To Affect The Rest Of Her Life?
Its Not Like Having A Kid Or Doing Drugs...Its Shaving Her Legs, The Age At What She Starts Isnt Going To Change Her Life.
Im Pretty Sure A 12 Year Old Can Handle It.

Morgan - posted on 08/17/2010

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I started shaving when I was 12, if all the other girls are doing it I would let her start, just show her how to do it properly, and make sure she knows that it will grow back thicker and darker in the future

Kristi - posted on 01/10/2012

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Try letting her just shave her calves and knees, to start. As an adult, I don't shave my thighs because it's that much more time I don't waste having to do it. They have very fine blonde fuzz on them, as you describe, that is barely noticeable and can't be seen much even in shorts and skirts. I don't even do that in the summer in bathing suit weather and I'm so much happier! :)

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Medic - posted on 08/17/2010

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I started at about 10-11ish. I didn't ask my mom I just started doing it.

Anna - posted on 08/17/2010

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I started at 13 and now I have thick stubbly black hair. I started with blonde fuzz too. If I don't shave my bikini line every few days it grows down to my knees. There are no guarantees how it will look in 35 years. I don't want her to regret it like I did.

Morgan - posted on 08/17/2010

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lol your lucky Lyndsay,

I ve been shaving since 12 I had blonde peach fuzz then......... LMAO not no more!

But I also dont think its a big deal at all, its not like she wants a bikini wax!!

Lyndsay - posted on 08/17/2010

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I don't think its really such a big deal, as long as its just her legs (maybe her pits, if necessary). I started shaving my legs around 11-12... I had blonde fuzz then, 10 years of shaving later, I still have blonde fuzz.

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2010

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Make it the rule as long as shes sporting blond peach fuzz she cant shave. :0)

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