Have you noticed that your son is getting facial hair and you want to know when should boys start shaving?
Some boys will have facial hair from as early as age nine, while others won’t get any until their late teens. According to research from Gillette, boys in the UK (85%) first notice facial hair between the ages of 12 and 16, and 76% shaved for the first time between the ages 14 and 17.
We bucked this trend as my son was shaving before he hit his teen years this is because he had enough hair, it was darker hair and he was very aware of it. He was also showing other signs of puberty including his voice deepening and had a huge growth spurt.
Parenting teenagers is full of firsts and for me, I really enjoy parenting this age group. I found the baby stage very needy and oh so tiring but parenting teenagers is my forte. Even before my kids became teenagers, I was teaching teenagers and so I have embraced this stage. One of the common questions parents of teen boys frequently ask is when should boys start shaving? In this post, I’ll share our experience of how we broached the subject of shaving and how we handled this milestone.
Top Tip When Parenting Teenagers
My biggest parenting tip when raising teenagers is to keep talking. It is all about open communication and being able to share the highs and lows of this stage. There will be bumps in the road and there will be some pushing and pulling over ground rules but that is normal when parenting teens.
Our teenagers are on a journey to independence but they still need their parent’s guidance to get there. When should boys start shaving is a topic of conversation for parents of teenage boys and how to manage this stage of puberty will be new for us all, but it is definitely a rite of passage for the teenage years. There is no right way or wrong but puberty generally follows a pattern for both girls and boys and puberty causes body hair to sprout.
Where does hair grow?
This is the order that facial hair tends to grow in young men:
- Upper lip
When should boys start shaving?
The age at which boys will develop facial hair and start considering shaving varies between the different ages of 9-16. My son started shaving just before he turned 13 and it was a bit of a shock, although we tried to make it no big deal.
Broaching the subject of shaving can be a bit cringy as you may not want to put pressure on your son and it is a personal choice. Dylan started developing a moustache when he was 12 and whilst that first bit of ‘bum fluff’ or ‘peach fuzz’ can be the butt of jokes I didn’t want his school friends to start commenting or for him to feel self-conscious about it. We all know what peer pressure is like. Therefore we decided on a low key approach and popped a pack of disposable razors in his Christmas stocking to handle the question of when should boys start shaving.
On Christmas morning he unwrapped the razor and we all had a giggle. Later that day I mentioned that when he was ready to start shaving his dad would show him what to do. The very next morning, Boxing Day before we headed off to my parents for a family day where my male cousins join us, he asked his dad how to shave. There is no right time when boys should start shaving but they need to be comfortable and I suggest letting them take the lead on deciding when is the right time for boys to start shaving.
Steps to a Wet Shave
- My husband did a grand job by demonstrating, he explained that the first step is to wet your face with warm water to open pores. He was warned never to shave a face that hasn’t been prepped, as it could cause cuts, razor burn, skin irritation which could lead to skin infections. This is especially true for young skin which is often sensitive or prone to acne.
- Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. If you have very dry or sensitive skin, look for a shaving cream that says “sensitive skin” on the label. We recommend Gillette Fusion proglide sensitive which you can buy here.
- Shave in the direction of the hair growth. This is an important step to help prevent razor bumps and burns, it also ensures that you get a close shave.
- Rinse after each swipe of the razor. In addition, make sure you change your blade or throw away disposable blades or razors after 5 to 7 shaves to minimize irritation.
- Store your razor in a dry area. Between shaves, make sure your razor dries completely to prevent bacteria from growing on it. Do not leave your razor in the shower or on a wet sink.
Next, my teenager went off to the other bathroom to have a go for himself. One thing to note is it can take a while. Your teenage son is likely to be extra cautious and a little nervous about cutting themselves. This is why it is important to give them the best tools of the trade to make this easier for them.
Boots and Gillette have got you covered with their exclusive collaboration which has everything your teenage son needs for their first shave. The Gillette Smooth Club razor gift set for men includes a Fusion5 ProGlide razor, a replacement Skinguard Blade and a Limited Edition Sensitive shaving gel 75ml. The set is ideal for a first shave because it offers protection for sensitive skin and razor bumps. It works to minimise tug and pull and cut hair at skin level which is important for young faces which can be sensitive. I feel that this is one of the best razors that you can pick up for your son.
This is the start of their shaving journey so you want to make it a pleasant experience because they are going to spend a lot of time shaving over the next stage of their life!
Once your son has got to grips with shaving and is a little older The Gillette Stubble Club Gift Set might be the look they decide to go for. Rather than a smooth shave, they may want a more edgy look. The Stubble Club set includes Gillette Fusion All-Purpose men’s Styler razor, a Limited Edition Fusion Sensitive shaving gel 75ml and 3 combs. It is also waterproof and shower safe, letting them trim while they shower. This set may even make a good pressie for dad!
You may prefer to invest in an electric razor rather than a disposable razor blade, this is a personal choice. We have tried a couple of different ones and the One Blade is one of the best. It has the following features.
- Trim, edge, and shave any length of hair. Maintain your perfect stubble length
- Create precise edges & sharp lines with the contour-following technology and dual-sided blade
- Comes with 2 blades and 3 combs: Use the 3 click-on combs for lengths of 1, 3 & 5mm
- Rechargeable battery delivers 45 minutes of constant performance after an 8-hour charge (2-pin plug)
I recommend this for teenagers as it is easy to use and compact. This electric shaver also suitable for pubic hair if required.
When should boys start shaving is a pretty universal question, it is a milestone of parenting a teen boy and thankfully Boots and Gillette have provided the tools so buy the set now by clicking this link, wrap it up and pop a bow on top! It really does make a great gift for under the tree for a teenage boy. All they have to decide is are they team smooth club or team stubble club!
When should boys start shaving is a common question and as we have shown it will vary according to when they reach puberty. There is no ‘right’ age to start shaving it will depend on how the young person is feeling and their physical development.
For more resources on male puberty, when should boys start shaving and parenting teenagers you might find the following useful:
- Male Puberty and 7 signs to look out for.
- The Porn Conversation you need to have with your teenagers
- How to Live withTeenagers, common problems and solutions.
I have found the book Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph really useful as a parent of teenagers.