Posted by: kierstin1220 | February 10, 2009

Growing Up Too Fast

There was a time when it was simply cute for a young girl to dress up in her mother’s clothes and high heels. And a picture was most certainly taken when she smeared makeup all over her face so she could look like mommy.

Now it seems the practice of dress up has over stepped some boundaries. A new fad has developed within the parenting world that has young girls growing up too fast: prepubescent bikini waxing.

NBC’s The Today Show found that girls as young as 8 years old have been the recipients of bikini waxes. Salons are beginning to realize there is a growing market for these young fashionistas and they are starting to cash in.

The International Spa Association reported in the 2008 Industry Trend Watch Report that almost 4 million teens have been to a spa. And 17 percent of spas around the country offer packages specific to children.

“[Teens] learn how to deal with stress, eat nutritiously and care for their skin” at the spa, according to the report. This adds up to another benefit, according to the Web site.

Millennials will never have to worry about a bad MySpace picture.

 But isn’t that just another part of growing up? The passage of the awkward stage in life, when you are no longer a child but not yet an adult.

On Wanda’s European Skin Care Center Web site a specific section is dedicated to the adolescent customer. Although this may look innocent enough, the ad focuses more on the pre-teen than the actual teen.

I call it the “Virgin”-waxing for children 8 years old and up who have never shaved before. Wanda’s European Skin Care Center

 The ad promises to stop hair growth within a few sessions and states that the money saved could go toward something more useful -like a college fund.

At the moment there aren’t any known medical complications that arise from waxing so young. According to the NBC article, girls are starting their periods at a younger age  so it is only natural for them to develop hair younger.

But does this fact of nature justify these actions of vanity on the parent’s part? What kind of message is being sent to these young girls?

By participating in these beauty regimens at such a young age it will surely instill some sort of beauty ideal into girls’ heads. Not only do girls and women have to cope with the impossible  beauty standards of Hollywood, but now children as young as 8 have to compete with young women. It seems as though we are pushing children to grow up too fast.

So, how young is too young?

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Responses

  1. Ouch! A bikini wax at any age doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.

  2. A bikini wax at 8yrs old is child abuse. People need to step back and think before they do things to their children.Today kids are considered weird if they play ‘pretend’ with dolls. If girls are getting bikini waxes at 8yrs old what will they be doing at 30?


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