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Trend Alert: Kids Getting Brazilian Waxes?

By jeannesager |

waxingMy first thought when I read that little girls were getting Brazilian waxes was what exactly is being waxed off?

Then I read a little deeper – these are girls of ten and eleven. So again, I’ve got to ask: what is being waxed off?

Even in this day and age of hyper-accelerated puberty (breasts at five, pubes at eight?), it hardly seems possible there’s enough pubic hair in place on a tween girl for a wax strip to take hold and make much difference. And when you’re taking the Brazilian, you’re expecting to make quite a difference.

Which brings us to the second question: why a Brazilian on a tween?

Australian researcher Maggie Hamilton says it’s just another sign of the over-sexualization of little girls, a precursor to sexting and then actual sex. Because what’s the point in removing the pubic hair unless it’s to make the area more attractive to looky-loos? And what ten- or eleven-year-old needs anyone looking there?

They’re also considered more dangerous than many other beauty procedures – a study prompted by the near death of an Australian woman with diabetes has pushed doctors to advise patients with weakened immune systems against the Brazilian. The State Of New Jersey even came close to banning the procedure outright earlier this year because of dangers. Which means parents who sign off at a salon may well be putting their kids at risk for nothing. Once again – for what?

Ironically, the Brazilian wax – however inappropriate for kids (and it certainly is) – returns these girls hyped up on hormones back to a pre-pubescent state.

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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0 thoughts on “Trend Alert: Kids Getting Brazilian Waxes?

  1. ABQMom says:

    I just threw up in my mouth a little over this one.

  2. PlumbLucky says:

    Didn’t the state of NJ consider banning because of a few claims of contracting STD’s? Wouldn’t better cleaning practices being enforced on salons be a better way to go about it.
    As a tween, I would have gone for a Brazillian…simply because I was the first in my class to grow hair ::ahem:: there. And we showered after gym, so it was just one more thing to tease me about! (Granted, I was the first to grow hair, but I didn’t get my period til I was well into my teens and a junior in high school!)

  3. jenny tries too hard says:

    aaaaahhhh….what will the world be like for my girls, who are 3 and 5, in just a few years?

    I seriously think something is wrong with a world where girls not ready for junior high are doing something to prepare them for sexual maturity, but the age of actual grown up maturity (paying your own bills, getting married, moving away from home) seems to be getting older and older. I’ll lay you odds the same moms taking their 6th graders for waxes are the same ones who will squawk that their little girl is too young to get married at 21 or 22.

  4. maeby says:

    i worked at a laser center and there was a mother who brought in her 11 year old for a brazilian. I always refused to do her, making up excuses as to why she couldnt have it done that day. (they didnt care who wanted stuff done, as long as they paid. well known laser center)

  5. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    I work at a spa. I will tell you now that the only way STDs are being transmitted via Brazilian waxes are because some places are re-using the wax. That’s right… melting down what the just waxed off one person and straining out the hair. Do yourself a favor and don’t go to any old hole in the wall joint to get waxed. Don’t go to the nail salon to get waxed. Go to a reputable establishment where you can ask to see the practicing license of the person working on you. That said, I’m skeeved by anyone bringing in a tween for anything more than a mani/pedi. I was once asked to perform massage on an 8 y.o.

  6. Marj says:

    Color me grossed out. Seriously, bikini wax for children? And yes 11 is still a child.

  7. stephanie says:

    nasty, but for the record girls that young can and do have pubic hair. sorry if this is TMI but I was rocking a full on bush at age 10. just saying.

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