I was 10 years old when my mother kindly informed me I was developing a unibrow. Being a schoolteacher, she was highly attuned to what elicited teasing from the other kids, and to spare me from it, one afternoon she took me out to the gazebo, iced my forehead, and plucked a giant tuft of fuzz from between my brows.
This might seem rash to some of you, but kids today can relate to what my mom was saying back then.
In the Times's piece, we meet a 13-year-old girl who got the hair on her upper lip removed ("It really started messing with my self-esteem," she says), as well as a 16-year-old girl who was so thrilled about getting her unibrow zapped, she and her mom went to Bloomie's to celebrate immediately after.
And I thought my mom was cool for getting me my very own pair of Revlon tweezers.
But not every tween has the means-or the mom-to hush bullies via laser treatment. And that's OK! There are a ton of at-home waxing kits available that give similar, albeit less permanent results. Here are a few:
Bliss Poetic Cosmetic Waxing Kit, $45, sephora.com This wax makes it nearly impossible to miss noticeable hair patches because of its green tint, and I love that, while it's gentle enough to use on your face, it works wonders on your bikini line and legs, too.
Parissa Wax Strips for Face and Bikini, $9, parissa.com These strips are made with all natural ingredients and come with a vitamin E-infused post-wax oil to soothe skin and prevent ingrown hairs.
I'm wondering where you stand when it comes to laser hair removal treatments on the under-18 crowd. Is it a modern convenience, or is it just crazy?
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