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How Young Is Too Young to Get Waxed?

I'm all for the Brazilian Bikini wax, but according to a recent article on MSNBC, mothers are taking their young girls as young as 8 years old into salons to get waxed. I'm sure most of you are in shock reading this, just as I am writing it, but according to Melanie Engle, a Philadelphia aesthetician, “For waxing, 12 years old is the ‘new normal.’"

As we all know, everyone develops at different ages, but even if you get your period or develop hair early, this is still a disturbing trend. Dr. Doris Pastor, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, feels, “the waxing itself is not an issue; the bigger issue is whether they are encouraged to engage in risky behaviors.”

While girls sure don't want to be teased if they develop earlier than their friends, Dr. Pastor has a great point. So how young is too young to get waxed?


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designerel designerel 9 years
I am 24 and have never gotten a wax. Mostly because I am afraid of the pain. I always just shaved! My mother wouldn't let me shave till I was 14, but I remember at 13 I was in a private school and we had swimming class once a week. It was WAY embarrassing having to be in front of boys in my swimsuit, but with hair on top of it?? I took matters into my own hands and bought my own razors and shaving cream.
frenchie77 frenchie77 9 years
Hum I am 21 and still have yet to get one (in a salon, I've tried the DIY kits) Seriously though, I don't see what's wrong with it if your daughter swims or does some other sport and it's embarrassing. Shaving doesn't work for everyone, especially in that zone, I get itchy bumps and it looks horrible after a couple of days - not to mention unshavable because it just gets infected if I try. Waxing (at least with the DIY) worked great for me - I'm good to go for at least 2-3 weeks, the pain only lasts about a day, and it's just a lot less hassle. I would let my daughter do it if she's self-conscious about it. When I was 9 I actually plucked each and every hair out with my fingers - OUCH.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
6-12 is too young for a bikini wax in my opinion. A child isn't going to be perfect all the time. This kid used to make fun of my legs when I was in 6th grade and I felt bad for a second but I moved on. I couldn't shave my legs until i was in 7th grade and I needed it cause I played basketball. But I never thought about shaving or waxing down there. I got my first bikini wax when I was 18 but not even cause i wanted but because i was going with my friend.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I agree 8 is a totally young, but for those questioning why these girls just don't use a razor- I will say that no matter what I have tried, I personally always get the nastiest razor burn. A younger girl may not have the best shaving technique and be susceptible to all kinds of itchy bumps. And for the rest of us who do know how to shave, some of us aren't that lucky to have been blessed with a bikini line that doesn't look like it's been mauled by a bear 24 hours after seeing a razor. I'm for waxing down there any day.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
A mother should teach her daughter how to groom, but only when she sees it's necessary. There's no need to drag daughters anywhere--the girls should choose when they are old enough and decide for themselves that they want it.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
Eight year olds have pubic hair? I find that hard to believe! The mothers in this case are abhorrent, to me. Children don't need to be waxed, ever.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that 8 or even 12 is too early to get waxed. lately it seems like girls are more mature at younger and younger ages but there's really a limit to what's acceptable. in my opinion - you should at least be in high school - but i would even go as far as to say that 15+ is the way to go. i was in college i think - the first time that i got a bikini wax...
veggiegolucky veggiegolucky 9 years
Wow, I had no idea that eight year olds get bikini waxes. I'm sixteen, and I don't even. I understand that they might be embarrassed about it, but just use a razor until then!! really, eight years old is pushing it. i still think that twelve years old is pushing it, but eight years old, really?!? that's so crazy!!
Marci Marci 9 years
Why can't people let little girls be little girls anymore? They're always dragging them for manicures and pedicures, giving them overnight birthday parties at The Marriott, now they're waxing at 8 or even 6, which I just read before logging on here. I wasn't allowed to shave my legs until I was 15. Let the kids be kids. It's the mothers who are bringing them in. They wouldn't think of getting a bikini wax on their own, that much I know.
fabulouslady87 fabulouslady87 9 years
thank you bellasugar! Shave!
chrisTyyy chrisTyyy 9 years
Madonna's daughter could sure use an eyebrow wax
cotedazur cotedazur 9 years
I was about to agree with everyone that children don't need bikini waxes, but I suddenly remembered my winter swim team when i was young and it changed my mind. When I was 11 or 12, there was another girl on my team about the same age who had copious black hair -- armpits, bikini line -- and we all called her "Bush." (In retrospect I am mortified, but I was 11... sorry!) Aside from the pre-teen mockery, I still would have allowed (or even encouraged) her to groom down there had she been my daughter. If people think that having tufts of pubic hair sticking out of a bathing suit is inappropriate or unattractive for an adult, it's the same thing for a pre-teen. Looking at her, no one would ever have guessed that she was 11 or 12, and unfortunately early development such as hers leads to earlier grooming responsibilities.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
And i thought i was worried about teen superficiality being an issue.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
I'm with Bella. No child should ever have a bikini wax. I agree that maybe if it were their lip or eyebrows because they were being teased, but nowhere else. That's disgusting.
bluestar bluestar 9 years
I really don't want any child of mine doing adult things. They have their whole lives for that....why does everyone want childhood to end so quickly?
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I meant that KIDS do not need to get a bikini wax at that age. I'm fine if adults want to do that :) I would be scared to have another person take care of that area for me though.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Do you really need to get a bikini wax? Just use a razor! I have never gotten a bikini wax, but I started shaving about 2-3 years ago.
pjamgrl pjamgrl 9 years
Gosh that's just weird.. I don't remember thinking about that at 12 years old. But I mean if they have pubes sticking out of the sides of their bathing suit it would be ok to show them how to get rid of them..
Beauty Beauty 9 years
No CHILD needs a bikini wax. Ever.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
No... I don't think that a child that young should do that. Heck I'm 19 and have yet to do that. I think that 16 and older is a good age to start personal grooming at a salon. Anything younger is just excessive.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
It depends on the girl. If she's excessively hairy (and can withstand the pain of waxing), I would be okay with her waxing. The idea of waxing and promiscuity is absurd. Those are two disconnected issues.
lms lms 9 years
This is a bit much for me. I have an 8 yr old and she does have very faint hair on her legs, but nowhere else. Does anyone personally know a girl that age with pubic hair? I would let my daughter shave when needed but can't imagine waxing anytime soon.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
GROSS - that is weird. Okay, so I can see teaching girls to groom themselves once they need it (and 12 seems a little young for that), but mainly for hygienic reasons, like during that time of the month. (12 may be too young for a lot of girls for that, too!) Waxing doesn't work for me anyway because my skin is much too pale and sensitive. I think a bikini trimmer is a good investment and definitely less invasive than waxing.
kathili kathili 9 years
Though it definitely shocked me to hear about girls as young as 8 years old getting waxed, in the end I guess it's really a personal decision and has to do more with comfort, activities w/ clothing that could show pube peeps (i.e. swimming, gymnastics, cheerleading, etc). I don't think it necessarily promotes promiscuity.
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 9 years
This disturbs me more than the Abercrombie kids thongs with writing on them!
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