Parenting • Jun 02, 2011

When should my son start shaving?!

The answers are always varied and none of them are incorrect.

“As soon as his father teaches him”

“When he starts puberty”

“When his peach fuzz gets very noticeable”

“When he turns 16 or starts to drive”

 Actually all boys begin a maturation process called puberty at different ages.  Most boys will start gaining an increased amount of hair on the lip and chin in the early stages of puberty so “peach fuzz” may become visible.  The ages vary and can be anywhere from 8 to 15.  Although there is no right age to begin shaving the decision often depends on a number of factors including how much hair he has and if it’s bothersome or embarrassing to him.

When he decides he is ready to start there are a few things he may need and tips that will help him learn.  To begin he will definitely need a clean, new razor, shaving cream and patience.  When your son is learning to shave he may cut himself a few times because there’s a lot of uneven terrain on the face.  To avoid nicks and cuts recommend having him shave after a shower or bath as warm water helps soften hair and open pores. You’ll also want to make sure he uses a shaving cream, gel or lotion before shaving to protect his skin and prevent irritation.  And while he may not need to shave his whole face for the first year, he can practice if he wishes.

Another good point to stress is not to go over the same area too many times. Once or twice is the general rule. It is also important he shaves in the direction of hair growth and that he doesn’t apply too much pressure to the blade allowing it to glide along the surface of the skin. Also, make sure his razor is clean and sharp or new as a good razor will glide across the face with little effort. 

And although shaving will make your face feel clean and refreshed, there are a few drawbacks to shaving that he may experience especially at first.  He may get irritated skin or other problems, such as razor burn, bumps, nicks, cuts, or painful ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs happen when a hair starts growing into the surrounding tissue, instead of up and out of the skin. Also, shaving doesn’t last long and when the hair grows back, it may feel stubbly.  And as he continues to mature the hair will become coarser and thicker and he will find himself having to shave more often.

When was your son ready to shave?

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