The truth is, some girls start to shave at 10, some at 12, and some at 16—and some never shave. Body hair is normal and healthy, but it grows at different times and at different rates for everybody. So when you think you’re ready to start getting rid of unwanted hair, talk it over with someone you trust—maybe your mom or big sister. Try saying something like "Do you have any shaving tips to get me started?” The Truth about Shaving Before we move on, let’s put an end to some of those persistent myths that are out there. Myth 1: Shaving causes your hair to grow back thicker, darker or faster. Truth: No way. Hair regrowth is determined by what's on the inside—your genetics and hormones. So why does this myth keep popping up? As hair grows back, the blunt ends make it seem thicker. Most hair grows about a quarter-inch per month and is a sign that your body is healthy and doing just what it's supposed to do. Myth 2: Shaving leaves skin dry and flaky. Truth: On the contrary! Shaving helps skin look and feel smooth by whisking away your top layer of dead skin. But remember to use a shaving gel and a moisturizing lotion after you shave to keep skin feeling (and looking) its best. Myth: A new blade causes nicks and cuts. Truth: Actually, it’s the opposite! Shaving with an old, dull blade can cause more nicks and cuts. Because a new blade is sharper, it’s safer. Use a light touch—you really just need to skim over skin—and choose a good razor, like the Venus Embrace razor , to help prevent any unwanted “ouch!” moments. Myth 3: Men’s razors are better than women’s razors. Truth: Actually, the technology behind Gillette men’s and women’s razors is the same, but Venus razors are designed just for women (and girls). Venus razor blades individually adjust to hug your natural curves. They also feature a specially designed handle for a great grip to keep it from slipping out of your hand. Myth 4: You have to go to a salon to get smooth skin. Truth: When it comes to hair removal, you’ve got lots of options. But wet shaving is a quick and easy way to help skin stay soft and beautiful. Plus it’s inexpensive and convenient; you never even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Get useful facts before you decide to start shaving. It’s a personal decision, so trust your instincts just like you would about the makeup or clothes you wear. Easy Hair Removal Ideas for Women Hair grows just about everywhere (like legs, underarms, bikini area, even the face). And with lots of ways to get rid of it, you’ll want to learn what’s best for you. So check out the short description of each method below. And if you want to get more information on any of these, check out Shaving Alternatives at Reward Me, where Gillette Venus (aka the hair removal experts) gives you the scoop on each with lots of details. And of course, since your mom and big sis might have experience with one of these, ask for their input too. 1. Wet Shaving: Wet shaving uses a set of blades to glide over wet skin and lathered shave gel to remove unwanted hair. 2. Dry Shaving: Electric (or dry) shaving uses a fine screen that traps hair and cuts it off with a moving blade underneath. 3. Depilatory Creams: Depilatory creams, lotions, roll-ons and foams all use a chemical compound to dissolve the hair at the surface of the skin. 4. Waxing: Waxing can be done hot or cold. The wax gets applied to your skin and then is quickly stripped away in the opposite direction, pulling the hair out with it. 5. Epilation: Epilators look a lot like electric shavers. The head of the epilator is placed on the skin and rotating disks remove hair at the root. 6. Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal uses a laser to pass a pulsating beam of light through the skin to your hair follicles. 7. Electrolysis: Electrolysis uses a very fine needle that gets inserted into the hair follicle and destroys regenerative cells with a mild electrical current.