What’s the best razor for a tween girl?

We have reached the point where my almost 11-year-old will need to start shaving this spring/summer. As soon as it gets hot enough for sleevless shirts, we have to make a move. So the question is: What’s the best kind of razor for an 11-year-old girl to use?

When I first started shaving, my mom bought me an electric razor. While I believe it’s probably safer, it didn’t work for me. The problem was the hair was so soft and fine the razor wouldn’t even cut it. So I hate to invest in an electric razor that you couldn’t return when it didn’t work.

So what do you think? What did your daughter or son use when they first started shaving? Have electric razors improved in the last 30 years? Is there a particular brand of women’s razor that seems safer? What do you recommend?

42 comments Add your comment

jarvis

March 7th, 2012
12:07 pm

Nair that schlitz.

Augusta

March 7th, 2012
12:41 pm

Really? You need our input for this? Store Brand!

malleesmom

March 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

My oldest started shaving a couple of years ago (age 11/12. She swims so she had to start pretty early. We use the Bic Soleil razor. We tried store brands and didn’t like them. I also recommend using conditioner rather than shaving cream. First there’s no metal ring in the shower and you typically have conditioner on hand. Soap will just gunk up a razor and cause cuts. JMO

jmb

March 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

I don’t agree on store brands for a razor. They will cut you to peices! My girls use/used the Venus with the moisturizer added in the razor. They’re a little pricey but give a close shave and don’t leave you with razor burns. Some things you just don’t scrimp on and a razor is number 1 imo.

Soccer Milf

March 7th, 2012
1:07 pm

Razor? Uhhhh brazillian wax please.

motherjanegoose

March 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

INTUITION,,,pricey but great for beginners.

@ Augusta…sometimes people ask me what car rental program I use or what hotel brand offers the best loyalty program. To me, it is just about speaking from personal experience and getting advice from others who have been there. Everyone likes different things but it is good to check out your options.

I remember sneaking my Dad’s razor, with the flat blades and shaving my legs without asking. Ripped my legs to shreds as I did not know about using soap or shaving cream…no one told me. It looked horrid. I caught ^&*% from my Mom. Another chapter in my crazy childhood. I think that was about the same time I went to school with welts on my butt and had friends ask about it in gym class…as we showered after class. Nowadays, that would be a BIG red flag.

Augusta

March 7th, 2012
1:23 pm

I’ve always used store brand razors. Never had a cut or nick….both my daughters use the same ones…..Target brand, or Publix.

Tad Jackson

March 7th, 2012
2:03 pm

Are Mustachioed Men Allowed In This Establishment?

Clutch is growing a mustache. So is another guy who I don’t have in class.

In class today I asked Clutch how he thinks it’s looking. He reached up and rubbed his finger along what are just a few wisps of real whiskers to sprout one day. The prototypes, say.

Clutch smiled, but didn’t say anything. He hardly ever says anything, but he smiles just fine.

Kells said … It’s looking good, Clutch!

I asked Clutch if he and Hamlet, the other guy, were currently involved in a mustache-growing contest.

Clutch shook his head no.

Later in the day, in the commons room, Hamlet was sitting in a chair between classes doing absolutely nothing, and when I saw Clutch walk by I got the two together and made sure they knew starting today that they were in a mustache-growing contest with Mr. Jackson as the judge. Hamlet never says much either, but he did manage this: My mother says I have to shave it off.

Like Clutch, Hamlet grinds through the day without words and complaint. But he’s got a few good wisps growing, too, and he knows it and he likes it. You can tell. When something’s deeply personal, Aspy kids can show some real emotion. Some real joy.

Clutch stood there and smiled at Hamlet. Hamlet smiled back.

http://www.adixiediary.com

homeschooler

March 7th, 2012
2:06 pm

Augusta, I always used store razors too. I just hated to spend the money on the refill cartrages for the more expensive razors. Big mistake. I bought my husband one razor and 2 refill packs two years ago for Christmas. Spent 40 dollars but OMG it is the biggest difference. They cut so close and leave my legs feeling so smooth. I will never go back to store brand or cheap razors. Also, I swear it was cheaper. That 40 dollars has lasted a year and a half. I used to buy a bag of razors every two months or so. I don’t know the brand but suspect that any of the nicer, made for women, brands would be fine.

Good luck, Theresa. Wow, moving into puberty. That’s a big deal for you and for her.

MomOf2Girls

March 7th, 2012
2:37 pm

Tad – welcome back! I was thinking about you the other day, hadn’t seen you post in ages.

I second the recommendation of the Venus razor. We tried several different kinds with my older girl, and that’s the one she felt most comfortable with. Younger one just turned 11 but has not expressed interest in shaving yet. I’m not going to push it!

jmb

March 7th, 2012
2:37 pm

And as she does move into puberty, blog topics are going to change a lot. Her first teenager is a girl so I feel for her. Trying times are going to hit after another year.

catlady

March 7th, 2012
2:41 pm

I was about 11 or 12, however, given my coloring, it wasn’t really necessary. My girls were the same.

Scooby

March 7th, 2012
2:49 pm

motherjanegoose

March 7th, 2012
2:52 pm

TWG…there are typically coupons available for the higher end razors…sometimes $4-6 off! That encouraged me to try some different types, if I had a coupon! HAHA!

JATL

March 7th, 2012
2:57 pm

Why would a “tween” need any different kind of razor than anyone else? My mom started shaving my legs when I was in third grade, and she used the old razor where you replace the blades that she had always used. When I was in 5th grade I started doing it myself, and Daisy razors worked just fine.

missnadine

March 7th, 2012
3:04 pm

I feel really sorry for TWG’s daughter. You know that she will embarrass the hell out of her when she hits puberty.

motherjanegoose

March 7th, 2012
3:16 pm

Some of you must be very talented with shaving. When I started, I nicked myself all the time and every once in a while I still do! A tween is someone who is just starting out with shaving and luckily there are LOTS more options than when I was beginning to shave in the early 1970’s!

Tad Jackson

March 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Thank you, MomOf2Girls.

I really do have some original thoughts … I swear … but I figure y’all don’t mind if I add in at the best spots what I get to experience at the ol’ schoolhouse! All the best! Never give up on our kids!

http://www.adixiediary.com

FCM

March 7th, 2012
3:46 pm

My 12 yo started pits in the fall legs at Christmas. She prefers the Venus. I say let Rose pick the one she wants, it may take her a few tries to find one she likes. Also let her pick a deodorant. Mine finally ended up liking Degree (she did not like Secret at all), but I have to say when she doesn’t use the stuff she STINKS! I find myself having to tell her to go back up and put on a bra too. YES! As these new “developments” occur it is not habitual or instinctual for them to do the right thing apparently.

FCM

March 7th, 2012
3:51 pm

@ MJG…Intuition is the one I use.

My daughter did not like the chunky handle. She felt the Venus (my previous razor of choice) had a sleeker handle that made her less likely to cut herself. That is why I think that Rose may need to try a few out.

I had not thought of using conditioner as shaving cream. She has already mentioned concern of more delicate areas when she goes to the pool, oh what a joy getting them through this next stage will be! NOT!

ATL06

March 7th, 2012
3:58 pm

You will need to buy a couple different brands to see which one she likes best. I like the Lady Venus because it has a much smoother finish. I have really sensitive skin and the store brands usually break me out and forget about Nair. I’m thinking about Laser surgery.

pat

March 7th, 2012
4:42 pm

If I were your daughter (I just threw up in my mouth), I’d resent you using a very personal, natural development of MINE as a blog discussion. Did you even think about that? For what? to save .49 cents on a razor! Wow!

FCM

March 7th, 2012
4:57 pm

12 yo is home now. She said “Mom, who in the world comes up with this suff? This seems to be a very odd discussion for them to have on a blog.” She also said to let Rose choose, that it may take trying several different ones and that yes, she is keeping the Venus she took from bathroom back at Christmas when she left hers at her fathers.

Figment

March 7th, 2012
5:00 pm

I really dislike the term tween. Ugh. I agree in letting her pick out her own, may take a few tries before she finds one she likes.

Erin

March 7th, 2012
5:22 pm

I like the Daisy ones myself … I also agree that she might like to try a few kinds out herself to find what she likes.

Store brands, for the most part, are awful. The ones I’ve tried have been, anyway.

Conditioner does work well instead of overpriced shave gel/cream.

motherjanegoose

March 7th, 2012
5:25 pm

FCM…my daughter swears by Degree! She does not like anything else. I have used it too! I was not thinking of the clunky factor, just that it is nearly impossible to cut yourself with that ring of soap around the razor.

pat

March 7th, 2012
5:38 pm

I’m not 11.

JMSinATL

March 7th, 2012
5:45 pm

This blog brings back memories of disposables and cheap razors and blood running down the shower drain….ah, what a time. IMO, use the men’s Gillette Turbo Mach 3, if you can. I get dramatically better shaves with men’s razors, the blades last longer, and the handle is more comfortable. Other than that, have her sit down to shave until she gets older. Some of my worse moments came from being an awkward, out-of-balance teenager slipping in the shower and running the blade across the back of my calf. Really thought I was going to need stitches…

April

March 7th, 2012
7:31 pm

Gillette Quatro

Also, this is a parenting blog – head are the kinds of things moms wonder about with their first child. I am not opposed to sharing from my experiences. I have two girls older han Rose and have had these same questions.

Kids are also more accustomed to having heir lives made public Han we were at that age. I agree that TWG should proceed with caution and respect her kids wishes, but times have changed.

Kat

March 7th, 2012
8:26 pm

I hope that whatever money is saved from not buying expensive (good!) razors will go to this child’s therapy. At least she won’t have to worry about what her parents might say to a potential date that comes to pick her up; the boys will steer clear!

Kat

March 7th, 2012
8:27 pm

And yes, there IS a difference between a hotel chain/car rental company and an item sold in the toiletry division of the store. If you don’t realize that there is a line of privacy, then YOU have a huge problem.

catlady

March 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

I have tender skin and I love a shave gel called Shave the Day. It comes from one of those bathroom and perfume places but it is terrific!

catlady

March 7th, 2012
9:13 pm

JMS, you brought back a memory. I was home alone and was shaving my legs and peeled a huge strip off the side of my leg above my ankle. Thought I was going to bleed to death, all alone!

DB

March 7th, 2012
10:24 pm

Shaving your legs isn’t exactly what I’d call “personal” information. I vote for trying out different ones — I just use a bargain brand, but my daughter likes her Venus shaver. She tried a couple of different ones, but she’s not stuck on it — if she runs out, she’ll grab one of the bargain ones. I never really felt like the electric ones got as smooth as a razor did, but Rose may find that she’s not as persnickety as some of us :-)

PS: Just curious: Does Rose want to start shaving? Or did you suggest it? If she’s not interested, it may be a moot point right now. When she’s ready, she’ll definitely let you know!

motherjanegoose

March 8th, 2012
7:00 am

Shavers are private? Are they embarrassing to buy? Sheesh…I did not know. Perhaps tampons and sanitary pads but shavers? FCM mentioned Degree ( a toiletry) and that, to me, falls into the same category as shavers NO BIG DEAL. Compared to some conversations on this blog, this seems pretty tame to me.

toiletry – artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
Are body wash, shampoo, nail polish remover, lotion or perfume off limits too?

I did see a BOGO 50% off on the Venus in this week’s Walgreen’s ad and a $2 coupon in the Sunday paper. I may need to try Venus myself.

Becky

March 8th, 2012
8:55 am

I’m with JMSinATL, I use a mens Turbo Mach 3..I love it..I have tried store brands, I don’t care for them at all..I will spend the extra to buy a better razor..

My little one hasn’t started shaving yet, but it’s about that time..She’s nine and has already requested that I show her how to shae..I’ll take her and let her pick out what she wants to use and we’ll try until she gets the right one..

Penguinmom

March 8th, 2012
3:41 pm

So far mine (almost 12) hasn’t had an interest but I expect that to change this summer with shorts and bathing suits. Fortunately, she doesn’t need under the arms yet so I may try to hold off on the legs unless she makes a big deal of it.

I agree that the pricier brands do give a smoother finish. I think starting with something nicer and moving to a cheaper alternative after she has had some practice is a good plan.

Nadia74

March 8th, 2012
11:15 pm

catlady——I had the same memory when I read this, only it was a strip off the back of my leg, right above my foot. The skin came out the other side of the razor, like I was using a potato peeler.

For the above reason, I let my girls use an electric razor only. However, they are still younger. One had really hairy legs and was super embarrassed, so I agreed to let her shave her legs with an electric razor for now. She is over it, and no longer shaves on a regular basis. The thrill is gone. LOL

I loved my dad’s micro something or other razors. They were cheap, but they were the closest shave. Now, I use a Venus, so I guess, I will suggest my daughters use those when they start using “real” razors.

And, yes, electric shavers have improved.

motherjanegoose

March 9th, 2012
9:35 am

@nadia74…OUCH!

Kat

March 9th, 2012
9:36 am

All toiletries are called “personal care” for a reason. If you wouldn’t do it in front of another person, then consider it personal. MJG thinks nothing is off-limits and loves to talk about it…a lot.

FCM

March 9th, 2012
10:25 am

I did the potato peeler cut right above my left ankle…still hurts to think about it. My brother ended up bandaging it up for me, he told my mom it needed stitches. She said “Just tell her to clean the blood up from the floor already” I do have a small scar from it.

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