Hair removal and girls - how young is too young?

Filed under: Big Kids, Tweens, Development/Milestones: Babies, Life & Style, In The News, Playground Bureau

Whether it's from improvements in nutrition or chemicals in the food, the fact is many children are physically maturing at a much earlier age. While menstruation used to start around age 12, girls are reaching that developmental milestone much earlier, which is one of the reason salons are seeing the age of hair removal clients getting younger and younger.

"It's not uncommon for girls to get their period at 9 or 10 years old, and with that development comes increased hair growth," said Dr. Doris Pastor, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Taking an early developer's feelings into consideration and getting hair removal at a young age to prevent or curb teasing is one thing, but salon workers see more than just motherly concern from some women. Many pre-teen hair removal appointments are for girls accompanied by women who appear to be trying to make their daughters look perfect.

"I had a mother who brought her daughter in, pulled up her shirt and asked us to wax the girl's back. The hair didn't seem to be bothering the little girl, but the mom was embarrassed and wanted it done," said Diane Fisher, owner of Eclips Salon and Eclips Kids Day Spa in McLean and Ashburn, Va. "I told the mom to wait until the child wanted it, but she refused." That little girl was just six years old.

Humans aren't supposed to be completely hairless save for the top of their head and eyebrows, but it seems like the new ideal is to look like a life-size Bratz doll. That there are mothers so invested in the appearance of their kindergartner's backs that they're willing to pay to have hot wax applied and the hair yanked off appalls me.

What is going on with the adults?!

What do you think about kids and wax hair removal?
I'd do at any age if they were being teased.1351 (7.5%)
I'd do it if they were 10 or older and being teased.1045 (5.8%)
I'd do it at any age if it bothered her.2146 (11.8%)
I'd do it after age 10 if it bothered her.2657 (14.7%)
I'd use a different hair removal technique than waxing.2274 (12.5%)
I think it's my job to help her realize appearance isn't everything.8658 (47.8%)

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.