shaving legs?

Avatar for hathangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2003
shaving legs?
5
Tue, 09-23-2003 - 12:17am
My daughter turns 11 this Friday. She wants to start shaving her legs.

Since she started her period this summer,The hair has grown in quite thick.

She started getting embarassed while wearing shorts. Now we are into fall skirts.

it is still hot here so hose or tights are out. Even then she would have to wear 2 pair to

conceal the hair.

My question is should she shave or wax? Electirc or razor? Anyone else going through

this? she has always developed early. She is 5'3" wears a ladies 7 1/2 shoe and weights 110 lbs. People already think she is older than she is.She is only in the 5th grade. What happened to my little girl? Any advice? Thanks, Mitzi
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2003
In reply to: hathangel
Tue, 09-23-2003 - 2:51am
Hi and welcome!! Glad you hopped right in, I'm sure you'll get some wonderful input from others who have daughters (2 sons for me).

I do have an opinion for what it's worth LOL. I'm not sure if you're still undecided about whether or not to allow the shaving. I think I'd allow it if I had a daughter. I just feel that this can be such a difficult age, and it is a relatively minor thing (imo). I do think I'd recommend the electric razor - seems to me that it would be safer (no cuts, no chemicals, no burns, etc).

I'm with you in wondering where my baby went. He's getting so big (he's nearly 5'3" and over 100 pounds, wears size 8 men's shoes) and sounds so "old" sometimes. (I just reread your post, our children have a lot in common LOL.)

Good luck, hope to "see" you around here.

Best Always,

Sherrie

co-cl



Sherrie Rainbow

Avatar for cl_janetlh
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: hathangel
Tue, 09-23-2003 - 8:19pm

Welcome, Mitzi! I can understand your decision to allow your dd to start shaving, given what you wrote in your post. My dd is 11, and I can see that next summer this may be an issue. I've only ever used a razor, so I don't know about the other options, whether they're easier, safer, etc. I know a couple of others here may be able to advise you, and I'll be interested in their answers, too!


Glad you found us and posted. Hope to see you often!


Janet

Janet


Jewish Family Life

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-21-2003
In reply to: hathangel
Wed, 09-24-2003 - 11:16pm
My dd turned 12 today. I thought that she was embarassed by her "hairy " legs becasue at teh beginning of the school year she was searing long pants or jeans every day- and we are in Central Florida- we haven't seen the cool side of 75 degrees in many months ;-)

Well, we talked about it and they aren't bothering her- she just loves her jeans. She hasn't worn long pants to school for three weeks now- I guess she's proving her point.

Anyway, I would look into electrics myself- but there's two new disposables on the market- one is called Intuiton that is supposed to minimize the risk- just remind her to be patient and careful- and it's probably safer while sitting down.-

Since my dd isn't actually wanting to shave yet, though, these are only My opinions. Good luck

Avatar for hathangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2003
In reply to: hathangel
Thu, 09-25-2003 - 2:30am
I want to thank you all for your advice. Comes to find out many of her friends are shaving.They just didn't really talk about it. I thought my daughter was the first on the block to face this. My final decision was been made. I asked Nikki my dd if she wanted any last minute gifts for her birthday. She just said a razor and pink shaving creme. " Then went on to say that she is almost as hairy her dad. So, I am going out tommorow and purchasing them. Thanks for the information on intuition. I will look into it.

I guess I was making a big deal out of nothing. It's just that she has grown so much and changed so much physically and emotionally in the past 6 months. Being that she is my only girl, It is exciting, scary and a bit sad. Thanks again! Mitzi
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-29-2003
In reply to: hathangel
Mon, 09-29-2003 - 9:55pm
Hi hathangel

A couple of months ago my daughter asked me to shave her legs. Her cousin who is about the same age told her that her mom uses nair on her legs and washes it off for her. I told my DD that I would not allow her to put any chemicals on her legs but ...Maybe for Christmas she should ask for an electric razor, Well Grandma did not recognize this as a stall tactic and gave her an electric razor that she had at her house. It all turned out wonderful. She has not cut herself and she was so proud. She told everyone who would listen. Call Daddy, you must tell him (Daddy was at work.)

Good Luck I think the hardest part is the realization that your baby is growing up.