Girls Getting Bikini Waxes, Manicures, Blowouts As Tween Beauty Market Booms (VIDEO)

12/01/2011 12:16 pm ET | Updated Apr 08, 2013
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

How young it too young for a manicure? For a blowout? For a bikini wax?

Apparently there are no limits, with 1-year-olds getting manicures and 11-year-olds getting their hair down there waxed.

Andrea Canning of ABC's "Good Morning America" took a look at the big steps being taken by little girls to be pretty -- and luckily she's just about as freaked out as we were.

If we must, we can deal with little girls getting blowouts, as it's not a far leap from little girls getting their hair cut and dried. We can maybe understand the manicures for tweens, only since nail polish is pretty harmless.

But trying to justify plucking and waxing for the elementary school set, a la "Toddlers & Tiaras"? "It's just part of hygiene!" is not an excuse. (Neither is the fact that they might be wearing these crotchless panties later).

Another downside to the whole tween spa boom not noted in the segment, aside from saddling our girls with crippling insecurities about their appearance, is encouraging kids to spend. Not every family can afford a weekly mani-pedi or twice-weekly blowouts -- nor might these girls, once they grow up and leave the house, find themselves with the means to maintain their tween beauty routines.

What do you think: should elementary and middle school-age girls be getting pampered in the salon?

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