Excuse me while I share a little Too Much Information with you. I’m 34 years old as of last month. Although I bought a kit at the pharmacy once when I was a teenager, I have never in my life had my legs waxed. I did try, but the kit was cheap, or maybe I was just too chicken and the first strip hurt so much that it was not appealing to me to try a second one, especially when I saw that my fear had caused me to only tug on the leg hairs rather than actually pulling them out. Long live the razor.
If I haven’t ever waxed my legs, you can probably imagine that of course I’ve never had a bikini wax and for the love of all that is holy and good, I don’t think I could ever see it happening. Ever. Which is why it’s good that I’m not a supermodel or actress who likes to cavort in the tropics in a skimpy bikini because it could be a bit embarrassing and the paparazzi would have a field day.
So, when you consider that I’ve never actually waxed my legs and that I would rather walk barefoot across hot coals than apply wax strips to my nether regions, you can probably imagine how many brain cells I lost when my head exploded upon reading the story about a a New York City salon that sees girls as young as eight years old – for bikini waxes.
Now I will always fully admit that I don’t understand what goes on inside the mind of a pageant mother who finds joy in putting makeup a la Tammy Faye Baker all over their young child and then getting them to parade around to be judged on whether they’re pretty enough. Hello, self-esteem issues.
But the pageant mothers suddenly look sane compared to the mother of an eight year old girl who walks in to book a bikini wax for her. What can these people possibly be thinking? According to the article, “for waxing, 12 years old is the ‘new normal'” and that is scary.
What kind of message is this teaching? And for the love of GOD, why does someone who is EIGHT need a bikini wax anyway? Even if they’re developing a little early and do have some hair, a) it’s normal, and b) WHO IS GOING TO SEE IT? If your daughter is exposing pubic hair at the pool, then maybe you need to ask yourself why your young child is wearing a bathing suit that is skimpy enough to reveal it in the first place?
Meanwhile, the owner of Wanda’s European Skin Care Center in New York City is apparently proud of this whole young waxing trend. Check out this snippet from the article – it’s a shame a bald head isn’t considered as attractive as a waxed body since reading it made me just about pull my hair right out:
boasts on its Web site that children 8 years and older can get discounted waxing for “virgin” hair. “Virgin hair can be waxed so successfully that growth can be permanently stopped in just 2 to 6 sessions. Save your child a lifetime of waxing … and put the money in the bank for her college education instead!” the salon proclaims.
The owner could not be reached for comment, but did tell the New York Post that she has seen more than 200 kid clients this year and that kids should begin waxing at 6 years old.
I just… you know, it’s so hard for me to keep myself from letting loose with a very long string of rage-induced profanity.
What scares me on top of this horror is this question – what next?
If girls are waxing by age eight, what will they be doing when they’re teenagers? Breast implants at 13? Botox at 15? How much are these girls going to hate themselves for not being whatever they think “perfect” is?
I wrote about this sort of thing before and it saddens me that half a year later, it looks like it’s only getting worse.
Why are so many mothers, of all people in the world, MOTHERS, pushing their young daughters into this downward spiral?