We are Eastern European and on the hairier side of things. I don't shave my armpits or my legs unless someone in the family is celebrating a sacrament. When I do, I prefer to get waxed over shaving.
My daughter is in 7th grade. When her hair became obvious, I told her that the norm is to shave (or wax, or whatever to remove armpit and leg hair), and that it was "expected" in the area we're currently living. We discussed various options, including my own choice to remain "natural" against social convention. She's more of a personality who wishes to fit in, rather than to stand out.
She didn't want to shave, questioned why it was expected of women but not men, and decided to leave her hair as it was. I've brought it up a few times, and she's more interested in hair removal but not quite ready to commit to it.
The idea of a razor makes her hesitate, but so far that's what I'm planning to use. When she saw what was involved with sugar or wax, she balked in horror. I was told by two electrolysis offices that because she's young it may not be effective long-term ... something about hormones/age? I don't want to expose her to the harsh chemicals like Nair, but I might as a last resort.
Any suggestions or advice for me RE: removing armpit and leg hair for her, when she's ready?
Eventually we'll need to consider facial hair. Any experiences with threading? Or with kids doing it? Do they thread armpits?