waxQuick. What's the youngest you'd let a girl go to the salon to get her eyebrows waxed? Eighteen? Sixteen? The day before her first prom? Twelve if she's especially hairy?

How about 5 years old? I know what I thought. Over my dead body is anyone going near my 5-year-old's face with dripping hot wax. Then there's this mom, whose daughter is, surprise, surprise, a contestant on TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras. Somehow she just can't understand why her 5-year-old is freaked out by the idea. Hmm, let's explain this one to her.

When you get your eyebrows done, a cosmetologist (hopefully a licensed one) spreads hot wax on your eyebrows. Let's repeat that. Hot. Wax.

Then, just as it starts to get cool and almost feel good, they spread a piece of fabric across the whole shebang and yank, as hard as they can, ripping the hot wax AND the hair straight out of your brows. To put it in 5-year-old terms, it's about as fun as a visit to the pediatrician's office for your pre-kindergarten round of vaccinations followed by having your little brother give your favorite doll a swirlie. 

Watch this poor girl go through it all:

Gee? Terrified of it? With the way I just described it, you don't say, Mom! Don't get me wrong; I love my monthly wax. It's some of the best money I spend all month. But I remember being terrified of my first wax too -- and I was 21 or 22 at the time?

The fact is, there's no need to do this to a kid. There's technically no need to do it to anybody, really. I have a genetic pre-disposition to a unibrow (thanks, Dad!), but I got by with plucking for years. It's pure vanity that sends me out for my wax now. But I'm an adult. I can recognize vanity when I'm staring it in the mirror. Kids can't.

Considering it's a show called Toddlers and Tiaras, there's no question these parents are pushing vanity on their girls already. But come on, an eyebrow wax? At 5? They're painful and can have life-long impacts (scientists say it can force lighter hairs to return darker, and it can alter hair follicles forever).

Not to mention, before puberty, the eyebrows of the average child aren't very full to begin with. They will naturally bush out in her tweens, just as the eyes reduce in size, providing a balance to the face. So the way they're waxed now -- if it alters the growth entirely -- could potentially leave her with a strange look that won't match her post-pubescent face.

When do you think a kid is old enough for her first wax?

 

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