Ok, Shaving or waxing for little girls??

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )




My middle daughter is 10, and wants to shave. I think she is too young to shave, but she is olive skin tone with dark hair. My other two, like me, are blonde and fair. I've thought about Nair, but I know it can burn, and don't like the chemicals. So I'm thinking about waxing. I know many Arab women do their whole bodies, and it is a custom to start girls early. I have waxed my legs, and loved it also. What do ya'll think? Anyone here actually just started their daughters waxing?


Ava - posted on 07/30/2011




Use something called "Veet". It comes in a pink bottle. It doesn't burn. It works similarly to Nair, but it's not waxing. You smooth the lotion over the leg and leave it there for five to ten minutes. Then it has a little pink spatula thing that's shaped like a razor, but has no blades, where she can mimic the action of shaving by drawing it up her leg and removing the hair and rinsing the spatula. I actually use it in the summer sometimes. It's exceptionally good on arm hair, which is about the same consistency of hair for a ten year old. I would say let her because I had a friend who had olive skin and black hair and she had like a mustache in school and thick looking armhair and noticeable leg hair. The girl was gorgeous, but her dad wouldn't let her shave so she looked ridiculous.

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2011




Thank you for all the comments! She is using 'smooth away' (sand paper) and is loving it. It takes off the dead skin cells with the hair, and she says her legs are so smooth. My older daughter has also started using them, and we are all happy!

Minnie - posted on 07/18/2011




I have no problem with my girls shaving when they think they need it. It's their bodies, after all.

Becky - posted on 07/17/2011




If she's waxed before and enjoyed it, then I'd probably let her go with waxing. Although I don't think I'd want to pay salon prices for my 10 year old to get it done regularly! I've only gotten waxed once, and I did not find it enjoyable in the least! I have pretty sensitive skin though.
If we went with shaving, I think I might start her off with an electric razor. Not as close a shave, but less chance of cuts. Or we'd try those buffer things.

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I would definitely go with waxing or a Nair like product. I think 10 is just way too young to be handling a razor blade, and honestly, I cut myself EVERY TIME I try to shave my friggin' legs.....of course I've only tried it about 5 or 6 times--Maybe it takes practice.

I LOVE getting waxed. Yes, it hurts for like 30 seconds while she is peeling the strips off, but the rest of the treatment is heavenly. I love the warm wax going on, the massage, the warm wrap after, then the oil and lotion rubs. My legs are SO much softer and smoother after a wax, plus it is SO much safer than shaving.

EDIT: I will say that getting cut by the razor hurts A LOT more than the pulling of the wax strips....imo.


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Jenn - posted on 07/31/2011




There is no set age on when to start shaving. If she is feeling like she needs to - then it is time. Show her how to shave properly so she doesn't cut herself. I personally wouldn't get her waxed - that shit HURTS!!!!!!!!!!!

Stifler's - posted on 07/30/2011




I used those when I first started shaving but it took too long I ended up shaving pretty quick lol

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/29/2011




I see taht you have already made a decision, but please never wax your child! It is painful, and there is no need for such a young kid to endure pain in this manor. It sounds like you found a good alternative.

Christina - posted on 07/18/2011




I think waxing is a bad idea. Depending on how sensitive your daughter's skin is, it can hurt her or even give her burns.
Buy her an electric razor to use so her risk of nicks and cuts is reduced.

Stifler's - posted on 07/18/2011




Ohh I have an epilator. I cannot stand using it I gave up years ago.

Krista - posted on 07/18/2011




I echo the other ladies -- an electric razor is a good, gentle start, if she wants to get rid of hair. I would discourage waxing until she's older -- their skin is sensitive, and sometimes careless aestheticians have burned clients.

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@Kellie, I go to Headquarters Day Spa. It is actually only about $10 to $15 more per treatment (I get 2 treatments--1/2 legs and bikini) than the quick places, and it's totally worth the extra $25.

Merry - posted on 07/18/2011




We did electric razors at ten cuz my mom didn't want us risking getting cuts, I switched to a blade when I was about 15. Now I rarely shave at all :) my hair on my legs is light and scarce so I wor a skirt to church yesterday and hadn't shaved in a month or so.
If she wants to I'd let her but warn her it's such a pain once you start, it's only fun for a week or so!

Stifler's - posted on 07/17/2011




I've never got waxed before (except eyebrows) but I'm tempted to try it instead of bother to shave.

Kellie - posted on 07/17/2011




My cousin was 11 I believe when she started waxing her legs. She was living with my Grandpa and Step Grandmother at the time and her Mother had visitation rights. My step Grandmother wanted her to get waxed rather than shave for health/safety reasons as her Mother is a junkie. As far as I know she never had an issue with being waxed.

Kelly: Where do you get your legs waxed? That sounds great! All they do where I go is put the wax on, rip your hairs out, rub in some lanolin and send you on your way. I want that treatment!

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2011




So, here's a little more of the story:) She is my adopted daughter, so while I and my two bio daughters have skin issues: ezcema, sensitive, very dry skin, she does not. My oldest was not allowed to shave until she was 15, but she doesn't have much hair and it is blonde. She had her brows waxed a few months back by a family friend, then had her legs waxed on a dare. She loved it, and has continued. That is why it is even on the table. I have waxed and I also loved it. It felt like a pampering time instead of a rushed chore! It would also be only legs at this time. She has brow issues, but she hasn't noticed yet, and puberty has not knocked yet. (my oldest was 14 when flo showed, can I get that lucky again?)

BTW, didn't think of the sand paper things, but I like that idea!

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I think 10 is okay, especially if she's embarrassed about her hair. Also, I vote for shaving. Show her how to use the razor. Help her the first time or two. Small nicks from a razor while she's learning are better than the chemicals in Nair. I've never waxed, so I don't have an opinion on that.

Stifler's - posted on 07/17/2011




I shaved on my own accord when I was in year 4, don't remember asking if I could. I wouldn't start waxing at this age, too expensive. Nair burnt the hell out of my skin when I tried it and I haven't heard anything good about it from anyone either.

Karla - posted on 07/17/2011




I think shaving is best. Kids' skin is sensitive and Nair or waxing is going to hurt.(you're only talking about her legs, right?)

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I use this. Its awesome. I would never let her use nair. I used it once and my skin blistered out and started bleeding. I have a hypersensitivity to chemicals though which i didn't realize at the time.
I find body sugaring better because waxing is harder to manage and wash off.

Mrs. - posted on 07/17/2011




I started shaving my armpits around 9/10 and my legs at 10. I had my period around the same time so...well...I needed to. It is not uncommon and has not caused me to have excess growth or darker hair on my legs or underarms.

I fear my own daughter will have to address more than just legs and armpits though. She has her father's body hair issues. She is two and she has dark hair on her lower back and fairly thick brows...despite having super blond hair on her head. Poor baby girl!

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I'd go w/ shaving, but that's probably cuz it's the only one I have any experience w/ doing. My girls have tan legs and light leg hair, so hopefully it won't be an issue for a few more years for us. If it WERE an issue.... I 'think' I'd be ok w/ them shaving at 10 if they wanted. They have better coordination than I do, so hopefully they wouldn't end up w/ too many 'gushers'.....

JuLeah - posted on 07/17/2011




Ten seems young ... some women never shave. In some cultures people don't shave ever

Amie - posted on 07/17/2011




Our oldest is 11 and she has darker brown hair and pale white skin.

She started asking last year about shaving or something because it was starting to bother her. We weren't keen on letting her use a razor, we didn't think of waxing (I don't even wax, I did once and reacted to the wax - she can do it when she's older if she wants) but she did find smooth away.

She uses that. We got her the kit, along with a bunch of refills. It works great for her. I imagine it would for any younger girl with this issue. Their hair is so fine at this age, it just buffs right off with it.

Melissa - posted on 07/17/2011




I've been shaving my legs since I was 10. I started noticing my own body and became embarassed because I have very fair skin and VERY dark and thick hair. It had nothing to do with anyone else saying anything or feeling peer pressure, the idea of shaving my legs and having smooth legs was simply appealing to me. My mom was very iffy about it, mainly because of the whole "oh my gosh my baby's growing up" thing we all experience, but after her hemming and hawing over it for about a month I kind of just went ahead and did it. She was upset, but also understood that it was something small and simple that I wanted to do for myself, no one else. Honestly, I never even liked wearing shorts, so it's not like anyone else was even going to know lol. I think 10 is an ok age to start shaving, but I definitely understand a mothers hesitation.

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If my daughter was upset over her dark hair etc i would show her how to shave.Make sure its safe for her to do so.Its not nice to have very dark hair on your legs and arms as a young girl.

Waxing for me is painful.Not under my arms but i break into a sweat on my legs etc when being waxed lol.

No waxing at ten no way.Not for my kids personally speaking.

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I actually do use Nair (sensitive skin formula) for my bikini area & underarms. I honestly have never had a reaction. No little red bumps, no irritations, no burns. I have no problems shaving my legs incidentally. Waxing can downright hurt and is painful! I can't subject myself to that treatment, so I wouldn;t want to subject a 10 year old to that kind of hair-ripping treatment either. I guess it's one of those moments where I say "Thank God I have a boy!"

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