In case you were feeling a shortage of disturbing beauty trends, we’re here to bring you another one — which may arguably be the most upsetting of them all. Because this time, it involves tweens. You know, those pop music-obsessed 11 and 12-year-olds?
There used to be a time when girls that age would throw temper tantrums just to get their parents to let them to use a little lip gloss, but apparently things have changed since we were in middle school. Girls as young as eight years old are coming in for — take a deep breath — bikini waxes.
“For waxing, 12 years old is the ‘new normal,’” Philadelphia aesthetician Melanie Engle told MSNBC.
But despite said “norm,” one day, she was called with a request that she simply couldn’t swallow. A mother called her salon asking to make an appointment for her 8-year-old daughter.
“The first thing I had to do was try and stay calm, and not yell ‘What are you thinking?’ Engle said. “This wasn’t about the girl developing hair early — it was the mother’s obsession with wanting her daughter to be a supermodel.”
“The International Spa Association reports that 16 percent of teens who have visited a spa have had a hair removal procedure done, but the organization has no numbers for younger children because they aren’t allowed to survey them. Several salon owners around the country told TODAYshow.com that the number of kids 12 and under coming in for waxing services has increased dramatically over the past three years.”
Whether young girls are afraid of being teased for early hair growth, wanting to be more like Mommy, or wanting to be more like Miley; however you cut it, this study is terribly upsetting. Waxing at 8 or 9 teaches young girls that hair isn't natural and breeds a lifetime of self-consciousness.