When it comes time to talk to your daughter about sensitive topics like periods, boys or shaving, it can sometimes be difficult to know how best to tackle the subject.
It can come down to a balance of talking to her like a friend, and talking to her like a mother.
To help you navigate the murky waters of the ‘shave talk’, we’ve compiled these five easy steps which will (hopefully) make the process smooth.
1. Make sure she’s ready
Young girls these days are faced with all sorts of pressures and beauty standards that they feel they have to conform to. Before diving right into razors and shaving creams, make sure your daughter is doing this for her own reasons – and not to impress a boy or her friends. A good way to test this is to see if she’s willing to wait a week or two before starting once the topic has been brought up. This way you know she’s thought it through.
2. Buy her the best tools
To make sure she doesn’t hurt herself, it’s a good idea to invest in a good quality razor that will last her. Start with a good quality razor like the Schick Quattro for Women Disposable. Don't forget to grab some shaving cream too!
3. Teach her all about the basics
It might seem like old hat to you, but for her the concept of shaving is completely unknown. Going through the basics like never shaving without moisturiser, going against the grain for a smooth finish and pulling areas like underarms and knees tight to prevent cuts will help her better navigate her new (and no longer scary) routine.
4. If she’s still unsure, have a spa day to show her how
For some girls being told just doesn’t cut it. If your daughter is still a little unsure about the process, why not host a little private spa day? You can put on a face mask, paint your nails and, when she’s ready, walk her through it yourself.
5. Make sure she takes care of her skin afterwards
Aftercare is just as important as the process itself. Walk her through it. It's all about exfoliating and moisturising to keep her skin healthy and clean.