There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of when a guy should first shave. First facial hair can grow from as early as age nine, while others won’t get any until their late teens. In a 2018 survey of around 3,738 men in the UK, we found that 85% first noticed facial between the ages of 12 and 16, and 76% shaved for the first time between 14 and 17.
We carried out this study as part of our continuous efforts to understand our consumers and how we can improve our shaving products for them.If you’re a teenager growing facial hair for the first time, you might be wondering if you should shave your beard and how to use a razor. Fret not, for this guide will help you through your first shave; covering everything from how to use shaving gel to how to shave properly.
Where Does Facial Hair Grow First?
When you first develop facial hair, the teenage beard growth stages are usually as follows:
- Upper lip
The first facial hair to grow is usually the teenage moustache – the hairs might grow very thin and sparse at first, before developing into fuller moustaches as you get older.
Around the same time as you’re growing your facial hair, you’re likely to start growing chest, armpit and pubic hair too, while the hair on your arms and legs will begin to look darker and wirier. To learn everything there is to know about manscaping and managing your body hair, check out our complete guide to body grooming.
When to Shave for the First Time
You’ll know when you’re ready for your first shave. The first facial hair that you grow will probably be more like fluff than thick beard hair, and lots of guys like to shave this off. However, you might want to see how much of a beard you can grow, and wait to shave until your facial hair is a little thicker.
When you are ready for your first shave, the best shaving kit for teenagers will be designed with sensitive, younger skin in mind. Try our Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor – it’s specially designed to help protect your skin from the blades, for a more comfortable shaving experience.