Little girls shaving their legs

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Little girls shaving their legs

Ash1141 Ash1141
At what age do you think little girls should be allowed to start shaving their legs? My daughter is 9..soon to be 10. I think I'd like her to start with a hair removing cream like Nair for a few months first.
10/06/2011
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Ansley Ansley
I used Nair the first time I wanted to shave my legs, the result was a chemical burn and I think I was about your daughter's age when I did it. I was unsupervised and being "naughty".

I think a girl should start shaving her legs when she's comfortable with the responsibility of it. My mother initially suggested it was when I started my period, but I didn't want to wait that long. I thought I was going to be sixteen and hairy in high school at the rate my body was developing.
10/06/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
my mom wouldn't let me shave until i was in 7th grade (she let me start that summer before). i was 12. she was going to make me wait till i was in middle school before she would let me shave under my arms, but i showed her how long the hair was getting & all, & she let me start shaving... i wanna say about 1/2 way through or near the end of 5th grade. i think i was 11. she gave me a 2 bladed razor & showed me how to do it. i even made her do the 1st few strokes for me both times b/c i was afraid i would cut myself. after she did that, i was fine.
10/06/2011
Kkay Kkay
I started fairly young, and found that hair-removing creams caused more irritation than just shaving.
10/06/2011
Ciao. Ciao.
I wouldn't start a kid with Nair or any of those creams, just because of the possibilities of irritation. Start her when you (and she) think it's a good time, but really unless you have a really hairy kid who finds that to be problematic for self-esteem there's probably no reason to encourage shaving any earlier than its going to happen through social pressure, etc.

(And I know plenty of women, including my partner, who rarely if ever shave).
10/06/2011
Peggi Peggi
I'd highly advise against nair because it is a chemical-based product and children's skin is way too sensitive for products like that. I started shaving my legs as soon as my hair started getting longer and darker, which was about 9. My mom gave me the choice. When I was little she used to take the blades out of razors and I would shave my legs like her (I was about 5 maybe?) and I would go in and shave my "beard" with my dad too lol. Of course, it wasn't ACTUAL shaving, but I had the idea from a very young age from playing like that, so I knew how it was done without the razor in it, so I was a pro by age 9 when I was ready!
10/06/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Mine started when she was 11, she had dark leg hair and asked if she could. We bought her an electric shaver and she just loves it.

I would stay away from creams, unless you plan to be there every time, a burn is not fun.
10/06/2011
Beck Beck
I have burned the crap out of myself with those products! I will let my daughter whenever she asks. I had one of those mothers who did not want me too until I wad 15 or so! Really I hated it. I was very hairy and it was dark, had shave my legs at friends house!
10/06/2011
hjtee hjtee
They should start when they are old enough to do it on their own.
10/06/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Children's skin is really sensitive!

I'd advise to wait until as long as you can (body image issues are more important than a little hair) and then suggest shaving as the first solution, not Nair.
10/06/2011
toxie m toxie m
I wasn't allowed to start until the 7th grade (so, around 11 or 12), after I begged and pleaded and went on about how all the other girls were doing it and I felt hairy and lame. My hair was really light so really it wasn't awful, but I thought it was the worst. I won't let my kids start any younger than that, and it's definitely gonna be razors for them, no Nair.
10/06/2011
queengina queengina
Puberty is a good time to start.
12/09/2011
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