Children are generally ready to start shaving when they enter puberty. Girls will likely need frequent shaving more often than boys will. Some boys are ready to start shaving at age 12, while others may be 16 or 17 before they need daily shaves. If you help your child learn how to shave properly, he or she will avoid some of the common shaving issues, such as itchy skin, cuts, and unsightly razor burn.
Choose the right tools
Before your teens get started with shaving, you will need to select the right tools. Girls can choose between straight blade and electric razors. Most women prefer straight blade razors, as they cut a little closer to the body than electric razors. Boys can choose between a straight blade, electric razor, or open razor. Generally, both boys and girls will probably feel more comfortable using a straight blade razor for their first shaves. Multi-bladed razors are a good choice for a safe, close shave.
In addition to the razor, children will also need a shaving lubricant. A shaving lubricant helps prevent razor burn and itchiness during and after the shave. Allow your teen to experiment with a variety of shaving lubricants. Some may perfect shaving foam, others may like the gel texture, and some children may prefer the lather from soap.
Also, provide your child with towels, a clean shaving area, and a mirror.
Avoiding shaving injuries
Shaving injuries will happen no matter whether your child is a boy or girl. Children may try to shave too quickly, which can cause cuts and painful razor burn. Cutting the hair the wrong way can also cause painful razor bumps. Girls may slip and fall in the shower. Boys may knick pimples on their face and cause them to open and bleed. Instruct your child to take it slow while shaving and use the appropriate tools to help reduce shaving accidents. You might also want to get some shaving cream to protect against a possible infection.
The actual technique of shaving varies from person to person. Instruct your daughter to pay particular care around the ankles and knees to avoid nicks. Girls should shave their legs against the growth of the hair for the closest shave. The more lubricant used, the less razor burn will occur.
Boys have a different set of rules for shaving. Boys should shave their faces with the growth of the hair. Instruct your son to always use the blade crosswise down the face, rather than sideways. Cutting sideways can create deep cuts. Instruct your son to start at the sideburns and shave down each cheek. He should then shave the neck, upper lip, and chin.
Instruct your child how to care for their razor. After each shaving session, the teen should clean the razor and remove any remaining hairs from the blade. Drying the blade will help it last longer. Replace the cover on the blade and store it in a dry place until the next use.
Shaving is a rite of passage for both boys and girls. If you instruct them in the proper art of shaving, then your children are better equipped to shave effectively and reduce the chances of injuries. You can also use the instruction period is bonding time.
This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. Her interests are education, parenting and health but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers.