The most recent beauty trend for tween girls doesn't involve bows or glitter. It involves waxing. And their nether regions. Apparently, bikini waxes are a big hit with the under 13 crowd.
So much so that spas are targeting this young audience with special rates for "virgin" waxing. According to the website of what I can only imagine to be a pretty sketchy salon, “Virgin hair can be waxed so successfully that growth can be permanently stopped in just two to six sessions."
Never have to wax again?! Hmm, well if I knew then what I know now ... actually, no, under no circumstances would I ever think it's okay for a 12-year-old to wax.
“Save your child a lifetime of waxing … and put the money in the bank for her college education instead!” screams the advertisements on Wanda's European Skin Care Center's website. Though the treatments are for children 8 and over, the owner of the kid-friendly salon told the New York Post that she advises young girls start waxing at the age of 6.
Pause for reaction.
Six?!?! Technically speaking, is there even anything to wax off at that point? Morally speaking, that's just wrong on so many levels. Bikini waxes and sex are too often associated with each other to ever make me feel comfortable with the thought of a child receiving one. What you do down there should be a personal decision, one of which a 6-year-old is incapable of maturely making.
It saddens me that this is even a topic for girls that young of age. What happened to princesses and ponies? These kids are 8 going on 30. Why don't we try keeping them (and their vaginas) at their own age.
In your opinion, how young is too young for bikini waxing? Would you ever let your young daughter get one?
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