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#1 Floki

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

At what age did you allow them to start shaving their legs?

Underarm shaving is already being done.

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#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

12yo is shaving pits due to dance, has not expressed a desire to shave her legs, but if she chose to, she doesn't need my permission to do so shrug.gif She already has the razor, I wouldn't expect her to ask.

11yo doesn't have hairy pits yet and isn't shaving.

#3 kuhla

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

DD1 was eleven.  She was about 9 when she started shaving under her arms.  She has a sweating condition so she really need to due to bad odour.  She's been a fast developer.

DD2 is eleven now but hasn't asked and doesn't seem interested yet so I'll wait for her.  She's developing much slower than her sister

Edited by kuhla, 09 January 2013 - 04:12 PM.


#4 BadCat

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

Whenever she likes.

She's almost 14 and hasn't shaved anything yet though.  I asked her if she felt the need and she looked at me like I had two heads.  tthumbs.gif

#5 jodi

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

I'm going to go with the crowd here... whenever they are/were ready original.gif



#6 PeggyLou

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

Our 12 yr old started last year.

But she just uses those sanding things. She likes them, they work for her, we're all happy.

She had been shaving armpits for a while before.

#7 FeralMalinki

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

I wanted to when I was around 11 or 12 (as thats when all my peers started), but mum didn't think it suitable for someone who wasn't hairy, nor in high school.  I was allowed when I was 13.

I still think she made a poor choice, it made me reluctant to ask for other things (i.e. getting a bra when I when I was the only girl in highschool not wearing one - again, I didn't really have the need per say, but I was picked on for a while over it).

#8 JKTMum

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

I have a 12 year old (will be 13 in a few months) and a 10 year old. I just got DD1 a battery operated shaver for her underarms for Christmas (cheapish one from Big W), but at the moment she doesnt need to shave her legs as her hair is very light and not really noticable. The hair on her underarms was starting to bother her mostly when playing netball as her club netball dress is sleeveless, so she was more self-conscious.

DD2 doesnt need to shave anywhere yet. I'll probably get her a similar shaver to DD1 next year as she is developing quicker and will need it by then.

#9 fancie

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:29 PM


13 years and 3.5 weeks.

Yesterday after trying an epilator and finding it far too painful.  As only the front strip of one leg had been removed, we had to resort to shaving the rest.




#10 i-candi

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

DD is ten and would love to get rid of her hairy upper lip and legs as she has been teased sad.gif

I've told her when she is in her last year of primary school I will allow her to get waxed and waxed only. She is mentally preparing herself for the pain.

#11 jofisk

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

DD2 who will be 11 in March doen't even have any hair in her arm pits yet.

DD1 does have hairy pits, we have decussed this, so just currently waiting to see when she might be interested in shaving her arm pits.  DD1 doesn't see the point in shaving her legs at the moment.  DD1 will be 14 in March.

#12 mitty82

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

I think my daughter was 11,everyone else in her class was. She was one of the last to start. She hated it for the first 6 mths, then she got really bad eczema where she couldnt shave cos she was covered in weepy sores. Now she is back doing it and her arm pits.

I never made any rules about an age it was when she expressed interest.

#13 NunSoFeral

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:54 PM

QUOTE (i-candi @ 09/01/2013, 04:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD is ten and would love to get rid of her hairy upper lip and legs as she has been teased sad.gif

I've told her when she is in her last year of primary school I will allow her to get waxed and waxed only. She is mentally preparing herself for the pain.


Curious i-candi - why make her wait if she is getting teased?



#14 kuhla

Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (i-candi @ 09/01/2013, 05:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD is ten and would love to get rid of her hairy upper lip and legs as she has been teased sad.gif

I've told her when she is in her last year of primary school I will allow her to get waxed and waxed only. She is mentally preparing herself for the pain.


Perhaps you should think about doing something about it

My DD2 has (had) a monobrow that she got teased about at school so she shaved it.  I didn't know about the teasing until she shaved.  Now I help her out and pluck it or use cream.

#15 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

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Edited by lifehacker, 13 January 2013 - 10:59 AM.


#16 ~sydblue~

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

DD13 shaves her legs because she reckons it is too painfull tearing the sports tape off otherwise.
Underarms she doesn't need to do yet. Although we cannot understand why. Just guess she is blessed with hairless armpits.


#17 NoNoBoo

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

My DD is 12 and recently had her legs and her ''monobrow'' waxed for the first time. She then tried my mum's epilator and liked using it, so I've ordered one for her. I always said she could do something about it as soon as she wanted to.
Like others, I wanted to shave my legs when I was about 11/12 and my mum wouldn't let me. I hated it and eventually took my dad's razor and did it without her permission when I was about 13.

#18 sparassidae

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

DD has just turned 11 and has no hair underarms, and still the fine unnoticeable child hairs on legs. I have already discussed hair removal with her (including the option to not remove as I have chosen), have no problems with her starting whenever she develops hair and wants to start.

#19 Holidayromp

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

The earlier they shave the more problems they have later on with thick black hairy legs.  The longer they leave off they longer the legs will retain blonde/lighter coloured hair.

I have only just at the age of 39 started getting black hairs around my ankle area and I did not start shaving my legs until I was at least 15/16 maybe a bit older.  You couldn't see them.  Besides DD aged 10 has hairy legs but you really cannot see them unless she goes really brown and it is dependent on the light.  Who cares about it - keep away from the razors.

As for underarm hairs Mum didn't allow me to shave even though by the age of 12 I could plait the long hair growing under there.  One day I seized her razor and got rid of it all - best day ever.  She said well now you will be shaving all the time.  Well that is better than having a black bush under my arms Mum!

#20 NunSoFeral

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 09/01/2013, 05:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The earlier they shave the more problems they have later on with thick black hairy legs.  The longer they leave off they longer the legs will retain blonde/lighter coloured hair.

I have only just at the age of 39 started getting black hairs around my ankle area and I did not start shaving my legs until I was at least 15/16 maybe a bit older.  You couldn't see them.  Besides DD aged 10 has hairy legs but you really cannot see them unless she goes really brown and it is dependent on the light.  Who cares about it - keep away from the razors.

As for underarm hairs Mum didn't allow me to shave even though by the age of 12 I could plait the long hair growing under there.  One day I seized her razor and got rid of it all - best day ever.  She said well now you will be shaving all the time.  Well that is better than having a black bush under my arms Mum!


Sorry, but  this is a bit of a furphy - shaving does not cause differences in colour, texture or growth rate. Shaving happens at the epidermal level - not at the cellular level. Stubble feels stiffer and thicker as it is short.

ETA - changes in colour, texture and growth rate may also be a function of hormonal influences, which may be evident in puberty

Edited by gettheetoanunnery, 09 January 2013 - 05:25 PM.


#21 janeway

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

I will wait until my 11 year old asks me. She is fair & doesn't need to just yet. I will most likely get her one of those electric razors for her 12th or 13th birthday so she can do it when she's ready.

#22 vanessa71

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

I started doing my legs at 12, I didn't ask for my mother's okay to do it.


#23 i-candi

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

QUOTE (gettheetoanunnery @ 09/01/2013, 05:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Curious i-candi - why make her wait if she is getting teased?


Because she is only 10 sad.gif still so young. I'm trying to teach her resilience and learning to love her body as it is and realising when she matures she can remove hair.

I have NO IDEA what to do with her upper lip!!! begin so young I'm hoping it will lessen.

I've got blond/red light hair so never had this issue.

#24 Coffeegirl

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

DD 12, has only a few underarm hairs and she's just been plucking them out with tweezers as needed.

She did start shaving her legs in Nov as she goes brown very quickly and the hair was very long and white/blond, so quite noticable.

She (and I) prefer that she uses the cream.  I have an epilator (that I love) but she finds too painful.



#25 NunSoFeral

Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE (i-candi @ 09/01/2013, 05:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Because she is only 10 sad.gif still so young. I'm trying to teach her resilience and learning to love her body as it is and realising when she matures she can remove hair.

I have NO IDEA what to do with her upper lip!!! begin so young I'm hoping it will lessen.

I've got blond/red light hair so never had this issue.


Can totally appreciate that, i-candi.
Your poor poppet  sad.gif .

As for upper lip - probably won't lessen  sad.gif

A friend of mine bought her daughter one of those Nads facial wands and claims it has done wonders for her self-esteem. She was getting a fair bit of flack for her upper lip hair.
Just a thought.
Man I'm hoping for social revolution in the next decade.
I found being a girl so freaking difficult, don't know how I will lead my now 2 yr old through it.






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