Virgin Waxing Sparks Controversy

by Marisa Amorasak
05/13/11


Across the Atlantic in Birminghand, England, one mother is treating her 8-year old daughter with routine Botox injections and what she calls “virgin waxes.” Kerry Campbell seems certain that her daughter, Britney, is destined for stardom. And in order to prep Britney for fame, Kerry claimed that prevention is the best method.

"I know one day she will be a model, actress or singer, and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer,” Kerry told the UK Sun.

Britney's extensive beauty regime includes Botox injections every three months. Since Kerry is a trained beautician, it's legal for her to administer the injections to Britney herself. But before angry mothers everywhere rush to identify mother-daughter Botoxing as a cardinal sin, Kerry claims to always test the online-bought solutions on herself before giving them to her daughter. Surprisingly, there are no laws in the U.K. or the U.S. against children receiving injectable fillers. The discretion usually falls onto the lap of the skincare specialist. In this case, it's Britney's mom.

In addition to Botox, Britney also gets what Kerry calls “virgin waxes.” Even though Britney doesn't have any pubic hair, Kerry believes that regular waxes will decrease the chances of her daughter having hair down there-- ever. And isn't that the key to superstardom? In America, we are growing alarmingly used to the idea of children's beauty pageants. We watch shows like Toddlers and Tiaras in which these kids who have hair teased out to there, skimpy outfits, and makeup slapped on like layers of lasagna are starting to look commonplace. Although the vast majority of audiences probably stare at their televisions in amazement, at least a part of their brain is becoming conditioned and normalizing something that is inherently abnormal.

Virgin waxing may seem like a term made up by a delusional stage mom, but the truth is, virgin waxes are a growing business. In New York City, one waxing professional said that waxing for pre-teens is about to become the norm. "In 10 years, waxing children will be like taking them to the dentist or putting braces on their teeth," said Wanda Stawczyk of Wanda's European Skincare. Her website reveals virgin waxing in more detail:

"Virgin-waxing is for children 8 years old and up who have never shaved before. Virgin hair can be waxed so successfully that growth can be permanently stopped in just 2 to 6 sessions. Save your child a lifetime of waxing... and put the money in the bank for her college education instead!”

Did Wanda just try to pull the college savings card on us? Even so, her claim that virgin waxing will permanently stop hair growth is poppycock. Before the onset growth of pubic hair, children have a light downy hair on their bodies called velus. During puberty, velus on the genital area transforms into the thick, coarse, darker hair of adulthood. It's notoriously painful to remove, yet many women (and some men) endure waxing in order to remove what they consider to be unsightly body hair.

Waxing, at any age, will NOT permanently stop hair growth. Many veteran waxers notice that over time, their hair takes longer to grow back. This may very well be true-- waxing pulls out hair from the root, and continuous stress on the root may slow down the growth process at the follicle. The same condition applies to any type of hair that you wax, including a child's velus hair. Since both velus and adult hair grow from the same follicle, waxing one won't prevent the other. The only way to permanently stop hair from growing altogether is to destroy the follicle. Laser hair removal is an in-office treatment that treats each individual follicle with the power of laser light. The laser locates the hair based on the melanin (pigment) of it, and laser's energy travels down the hair shaft and into the follicle. After six to eight sessions, the follicle is effectively disabled and hair can no longer grow from it.

The objection against these hypersexualized children isn't meant to quell all forms of maintenance or adornment for children. Just because a toddler isn't spackled with foundation or velus-free doesn't mean that she has to look positively unkempt, like Sigourney Weaver's tiny hairy sidekick in Aliens. There's nothing wrong with sparkly dresses, feather boas, and other ways that young girls express their girlish side. Girlishness is appropriate at any age, whereas the cosmetic maintenance of a child's genitals is just not.

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