Shaving Tips for Preteen Girls

What's the Right Age for Girls to Start Shaving?

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There's really no right or wrong age for a girl to begin shaving. It all depends on when her body changes. Some girls start puberty as young as age eight or nine, while others won't begin to experience major body changes until they're 13 or older.

When girls go through puberty, they develop body odor and breast buds as well as hair growth in the pubic and underarm areas. The hair on their legs also will get thicker and darker.

Is Your Daughter Ready to Shave?

The whole reason behind shaving is to make a girl feel good about herself. If your daughter has experienced hair growth, it might be time to consider showing her how to shave. If she's already approached you about shaving, she may be self-conscious about her hair growth or worried that she might be teased for not shaving.

For other girls, shaving can be postponed for a year or two. If your daughter's hair growth is minimal or isn't noticeable because it's a light color, she might be able to avoid shaving for a little while longer.

Many tween girls want to shave, and there are no health reasons for them to wait. It's reasonable to allow them to shave when they think they're ready to do so.

On the other hand, some girls will not be interested in shaving at all. It is becoming more socially acceptable for women of any age to not shave if they don't want to. Your daughter may feel this way and if she does, don't force her to shave or try to talk her into it.

However, it is a good idea to share with her that some people may have negative views of a woman's unshaven legs or armpits. Explaining this to her is not meant to dissuade her, but to prepare her for any comments she may receive.

Shaving Techniques and Tips

Shaving is a rite of passage for many girls, though it can also cause some anxiety. Your daughter may worry about cutting herself or be concerned that she's not shaving properly. Share a few safety tips with her before she begins to shave.

  • Avoid moisturizing immediately after shaving: Lotion can irritate delicate tween skin and even cause. Wait a few hours before applying a moisturizer to an area that's been shaved.
  • Begin with a single blade razor: Double blade razors will get a closer shave, but single blades are less likely to cause cuts. They are best for beginners and should be used until she builds up her confidence and coordination.
  • Discard disposable razors after four or five uses. Dull blades may nick the skin and can be dangerous. She may be afraid of sharp blades, but she is much more likely to cut herself with a dull blade.
  • No sharing: Remind her that it is not safe to share razors with others. Doing so can lead to infections.
  • Prepare the skin: Wet the skin thoroughly and use a gel foam or a shaving lotion to soften the hair and prepare the skin for shaving. Use an unscented or lightly scented lotion to prevent skin irritation.
  • Rinse razors when finished and wipe them dry. This will keep the blades clean.
  • Show her how: Demonstrate how to hold a razor properly and direct it against the growth of the hair for a better shave. For legs, it is best to begin at the ankles and work your way up. For armpits, she will want to begin by shaving up. But she also may need to shave in all directions to get all the hair.
  • Skip soap: Avoid using soap while shaving, as it can be drying and irritate the skin.

Your daughter may also find that shaving is easier (and safer) if she begins with an electric or battery-operated razor. These devices don't get as close of a shave, but they're easy to use and won't nick the skin.

A Word From Verywell

For many girls, learning how to shave is an important growing-up milestone. Keep in mind that she may be timid, but if you take some time to walk her through the steps, she will feel more comfortable.

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