How Young Is Too Young to Wax, Thread or Pluck?

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The white mug on top: my upper lip if left to its own devices

The other day on a Facebook group I belong to, someone asked for recommendations for salon waxing for her school-age daughter. She said that her daughter was being teased and bullied at school for having body hair.

From the sound of it, I gathered that her daughter was still a child, somewhere between 10-12.

GRRR! 😠 It just made me so angry. Why should a young girl’s state of hairiness be a concern among her peers? I guess I’ve forgotten how petty and mean kids can be.

It’s weird for me to think that elementary school girls would even be concerned about this, but my childhood was a long time ago. Maybe I’m remembering the world the way I want it to be more than the way it was, but I seem to recall being more interested in watching cartoons and reading the Sweet Valley High books at that age than I was with body hair.

I don’t remember being concerned about body hair removal at all until I was at least 13… That’s when I started shaving my legs, which only happened then because someone in my class pointed it out one day when I was wearing shorts (“Did you forget to shave?”).

I was mortified.

I didn’t start waxing my upper lip hair or plucking my brows, though, until college… Maybe I should’ve started earlier, LOL. Seriously, though, if you look closely at the pics of the girls in my high school class yearbook, half of us had a fine layer of fuzz on our upper lip, and most (if not all) of the girls I knew had natural brows.

It’s a different world now…

Back to that Facebook group — in response to that mom’s plea, many people gave recommendations, and quite a few moms said that once they started taking their kids to salons for waxing, threading, plucking and getting fuzz-free, their kids were much happier and more confident, and I can definitely see that. Speaking for myself, I feel a lot better after my body hair situation gets sorted out.

The world is a different place than it was thirty years ago. Or is it? It seems like it in some ways.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as being too young to wax, thread or pluck?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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