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Little Girls Are Getting Bikini Waxes and Other Salon Services

Little Girls Are Still Getting Bikini Waxes

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In recent weeks, we've seen Jessica Alba take her daughter to the nail salon, and Gwen Stefani has been known to treat her sons to manicures, but how far is too far when it comes to childhood beauty pampering? Salons have been offering questionable services to young ones for years now, and the trend doesn't seem to be dying down. In fact, girls as young as 11 are getting bikini waxes. "I feel it's part of hygiene . . . when it's appropriate and they need to, they'll be doing it," Kelly Burrus, the parent of a middle-schooler, explained to Good Morning America.

And while there are treatments offered that aren't quite as shocking, such as the Shirley Temple blow-out at Drybar, the question still remains: how is putting such a great emphasis on beauty affecting children's self-esteem? "If you're telling your daughter . . . on a Saturday we're going to spend six hours at the salon getting our toes done and our eyebrows done and straightening our hair, what are we actually teaching her about what's important?" said Dana Edell, founder of Spark, a grassroots organization working to help prevent and end the sexualization of girls. Watch the video above to see more.

Guest56 Guest56 5 years
It's not just about the fact that women are encouraging their daughters to do this, it's the fact that our entire culture is obsessed with being perfect at all times, you must be perfectly coifed and manicured, spend enormous amounts of money in doing so, as well as spending on the products for the upkeep; have the perfect face and body and if it can't be had naturally, then get to a plastic surgeon, pronto. I am amazed at how many women look alike, with perfect highlighted blonde hair, piano teeth smiles and boobs that are obviously's astonishing, really, how being unique and not feeding into the frenzy makes YOU the freak, and the people who do, the norm. It's sad, and passing the torch to pre-teens is sadder.
wsutter wsutter 5 years
Really, really pathetic! Ughhh
CCH1 CCH1 5 years
I "came of age" in the late 60's/early 70's and waxing was something old ladies did to their mustaches not something adult women, other than models, did to their pubic hair. As for it being for hygiene, soap and water is hygiene not a bikini wax. Waxing is a personal preference for a woman but let's not make our little girls grow up any faster than they already do.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
I sprouted everything early, and it was definitely hard for me because I felt so much different than the kids my age. I am right there with you @amandachalynn; I was shaving by 10-11. Luckily I had a lot of support/shaving tips from my mom, but I think I would have been mortified for another person to see me half naked!! But I do find it disturbing just how many beauty services are catered to kids these days — mostly because I'd hate to see young ones lose focus on actually being kids.
lillasvenska lillasvenska 5 years
First of all, I don't think that any company tells young girls that they aren't pretty enough and that they need makeup. On the basis of young girls in salons, I don't think there's anything wrong with it, as long as those girls know that beauty isn't the only thing that matters. My best friend got pubic hair at 10, and it was extremely embarassing for her. The only thing I don't agree with is when girls that are younger than 14, maybe 13, get tips put on their nails. It's unsanitary and can cause major health issues.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
I was shaving my bikini line at 11 during the summer. All it took was one pool party to make me start. It had nothing to do with sex. My mother had no idea. If my daughter has the same problem, I will absolutely take her to get waxed during the summer months. It would spare her the humiliation that I felt, and all the razor burn and cuts, since I didn't know the proper way to shave. Getting rid of excess body hair does not go hand in hand with sex. In my opinion it's keeping things that should be private, well, private.
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
Ew, seriously?! 1.) Do 11 year olds even NEED bikini waxes? I get that some girls develop earlier than others, but how many can there possibly be that have enough pubic hair to really merit it? 2.) Even if there are, the idea of a bikini wax for a young girl makes me uncomfortable simply because the concept of bikini line grooming goes so hand-in-hand with sex...
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
This is terribly disturbing. And shouldn't bringing your 11-year-old child in for a bikini wax be considered, oh, I don't know, forking ILLEGAL?!?!?!?
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