We never want to see our kids grow up too fast, but since puberty is ruled by hormones and not fads, it’s safe to say that if she really wants to shave, it might be time. In general, research suggests today’s pre-teens are starting puberty earlier than previous generations. Remember that it’s all part of the natural process of growing up, and that there’s no right age to begin. Giving your daughter all the info early about how to shave can help her decide if she’s ready or not.
Remember how you felt when it was time for you to start shaving? It might have been tough for you to bring up the subject. Be aware of what your daughter might have trouble asking you and look for signs: Does she talk about wanting to shave? Does she seem embarrassed by the hair on her legs? Are her friends doing it? And of course, offering her shaving tips in a supportive, positive way will make her journey to shaving easier.
Rest assured. Venus razors were designed specifically for women, and are safe and easy for girls to use. Check out the Venus Razor Finder; it’s a simple tool to help you and your daughter choose a women’s razor for her beauty needs. A great place to start is the Venus Embrace razor, with five blades for a close, curve-hugging shave. Venus razors have replaceable cartridges that will work with any Venus razor handle.
One easy way is to let her watch you shave your legs. Use a shave gel like Satin Care and go slowly, showing her how to angle the razor around each curve for a close shave. (Or to skip a step, the Venus Breeze razor with built-in shave gel bars is a great alternative.) Then, let her try shaving her legs on her own. Remember to give her underarm and bikini line tips, too. Check in after to find out what worked and what didn't, and support her with your best Mom advice.
Younger girls may need to shave less often than adults because their hair is fine and slow to grow back. Talk to her. Twice a week may be sufficient, or she may need to shave more often, depending on regrowth. She may want to shave bikini areas more often during swim season or before that big cheerleading try out. It’s all about helping her develop self-confidence—let her find a routine that works for her.
Peer pressure can be stressful. Remind your daughter that it’s her body, and when she starts shaving is a personal choice. There is no “right” time to start shaving. And of course, let her know that when she’s ready, you’ll help her get started.
Wet shaving is the do-it-yourself answer to hair removal. It's also the fast and easy way to get unwanted hairs eliminated without breaking your budget. All refillable Venus razors have a reusable handle and interchangeable razor blade refill cartridges, so you can try out different high-quality Venus razor blades without buying a whole new razor. You can expect to spend about $40 a year for shaving—that’s less than a new purse. Now that's cost effective!
As many things as you and your daughter have in common, your razor shouldn’t be one of them. Aside from not being hygienic, the blade will wear out sooner from all the extra use. You can get your daughter her very own razor and as a bonus, if you each have a different variety of Venus razor, you can try out each other’s extra cartridges.
Does she talk about shaving? Is she self-conscious about her leg hair? Are her friends doing it? These are all signs she might be ready. It’s up to you to give her the facts—and help her understand that the right time to shave is when it feels right to her (no matter her age). Help her find a perfect razor and get more great advice and simple how-tos with the Shaving Tips for Girls article.
Okay, so maybe your mom didn’t talk to you about shaving—but what would you have wanted to hear from her? What were your biggest questions? A good way to talk to your daughter is to put yourself in her shoes. From peer pressure to shaving myths, she’s probably got a lot of questions and would love some open, honest advice.