View Poll Results: At what age do you feel it's appropriate to wax your daughter's eyebrows, expecially if she has a un
10.5 to 11 years old if she looks like Helga Pitaki 11 18.64%
12 years old 5 8.47%
at least 13 years old, not a day sooner regardless of whether other kids are making fun of her. 3 5.08%
When SHE asks, therefore letting the decision be hers. 40 67.80%
None of the above. I either have a son or like natural bushy brows. 0 0%
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At what age is appropriate to wax your daughter's unibrow?

My 10.5 year old has really started to mature physically. She truly has such a beautiful face and hair, but it's all overshadowed by this extremely thick, spread-out (close down to her upper eyelid) uni-brow. I asked her to just let me wax between them (to at least give her 2) and remove some of those right above her eyelid. I'm not trying to make her look like J-Lo, just a little less like Helga Pitaki (cartoon...Hey Arnold). LOL

So what's the right age or is there a "right" age?
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i think that whenever it bothers them, if it bothers them, is the time to do it.

this was a heavy subject for me. i am very hairy and i have dark hair, so it was much more obvious than a lot of my peers (especially growing up in an area where i was very much in the minority with regard to my coloring, etc.) - and i got made fun of pretty early, so i begged my grandma (who was a beautician) to do my brows.

when she finally did them for me (i think i was probably around 12 or 13, don't remember) she explained that i would have to keep them up, and showed me how, etc.

so yeah, i think that whenever she is conscious of it and wants it done, you should go ahead.

is she bothered by them at all?

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so yeah, i think that whenever she is conscious of it and wants it done, you should go ahead.

is she bothered by them at all?

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Originally Posted by mayim
She is at such a stage right now that she doesn't care if she leaves the house without her hair brushed! Drives me crazy. She is totally regressing. NOTHING bothers her. She is even starting to get tiny pimples and blackheads around her little nose. So I did buy her acne products that if I didn't apply everynight before bedtime, she would bother with that either.

Oh, Mayim, you forgot to vote on this one.
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Whenever (if ever) it bothers her, not when it bothers you.
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maybe it would be better to get them tweezed or threaded so it won't be an overly manicured look for a child
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maybe it would be better to get them tweezed or threaded so it won't be an overly manicured look for a child
Originally Posted by KatieCoolLady
Trust me, I'm not that good. She definitely won't be looking like Boy George. Just a softer look, like giving her two would be a start. Waxing hurts much less than tweezing. I don't know about the rest of you but after years of tweezing, waxing actually feels pretty good if you can believe that. I know, I'm weird.
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maybe it would be better to get them tweezed or threaded so it won't be an overly manicured look for a child
Originally Posted by KatieCoolLady
Trust me, I'm not that good. She definitely won't be looking like Boy George. Just a softer look, like giving her two would be a start. Waxing hurts much less than tweezing. I don't know about the rest of you but after years of tweezing, waxing actually feels pretty good if you can believe that. I know, I'm weird.
Originally Posted by ScaryCurl
well then, I say go for it and see if she likes how they look
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I *would* say to wait until it bothers her, but she might be too embarrassed to ask. Unibrows are often thought of as comical in the US (as opposed to, say, traditional Persian society, in which they are/were a sign of beauty). For some reason, my friend was really embarrassed about asking for materials to shave her legs, until she was 16. She wore pants every day until then.
I *would* say to wait until it bothers her, but she might be too embarrassed to ask. Unibrows are often thought of as comical in the US (as opposed to, say, traditional Persian society, in which they are/were a sign of beauty). For some reason, my friend was really embarrassed about asking for materials to shave her legs, until she was 16. She wore pants every day until then.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
If unibrows are considered comical these days, I'm in trouble because she is the class clown...always trying to make people laugh. Gotta love her. She's definitely witty. She actually told me when she was 5 that she wanted to be a stand up comedienne...at 5! LOL
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Whoops. Totally did not mean that as an insult. I meant that it gives her an air of glamor unbefitting of her station in life, or whatever reason you had for wanting to wax it.

You're the one who compared your daughter to Helga Pataki Which is, seriously, why I chose that word.


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I say to wait until it bothers her, and don't push her. My mom had a habit of trying to "fix" me and many times I didn't even see a problem with myself until she began pointing it out. I still hate her for some of the things she tried to do.
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I would not be happy that my mother was so bothered by my eyebrows that she would try to get me to let her wax them and would bring home products for my skin. My mother did that kind of thing to me and it ate at my self esteem. If she comes to you then offer help. Otherwise I would just leave her alone. You are sending the message that something is wrong with her.
Whenever (if ever) it bothers her, not when it bothers you.
Originally Posted by Karenmc3
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At 10 years old neither my friends nor I had any concept of waxing, tweezing, threading, plucking, shaping our eyebrows. They were just, well . . . eyebrows.
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I would not be happy that my mother was so bothered by my eyebrows that she would try to get me to let her wax them and would bring home products for my skin. My mother did that kind of thing to me and it ate at my self esteem. If she comes to you then offer help. Otherwise I would just leave her alone. You are sending the message that something is wrong with her.
Originally Posted by internetchick
I tend to agree with this post. I hated, and still hate, when people want to "fix" things with me that I have no problem with, and it could make her become overly self conscious at that age. I would wait until it bothers her, as well.
i have to agree with everyone else. every time my mother points out something that she thinks needs some help, i am all the more reluctant to do it.
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I remember in middle school finding out one of my friends got her eyebrows waxed. She was ahead of the rest of us as far as physical development went, and we all thought the idea of having eyebrows waxed was totally weird. However, this girl was made fun of already for stupid reasons. Had she had a unibrow, people would have made fun of her for that, too. I am a voice for dissent, apparently, because I know how cruel the kids in my middle school could be, and that usually people are stuck with their middle school peers through high school, and it can be distracting even then. I think her mom saying "let's just clean up stray hairs between your eyebrows" is a lot less harmful than some of the things middle schoolers would say. Which wouldn't be so easy to live down.
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definately wait till it bothers her. 10.5 is a little young IMO for a girl to have to care about her looks. at 13 i was still wearing bright orange cords, with frizzy hair and no makeup. i think its beautiful to see a young kid still looking like a kid rather than a minature adult. don't force the vanity of adulthood on her too early. sorry if that sounds harsh but it scares me to see 8 y/o's with pierced bellybuttons and manicured nails. since this is a curly hair board i should metnion that i had a poodle hair do till i was about 14 and worked out how to care for it. obviouslly it upset me a litlte that i got teased for it but i didnt care in a vain manner.

if you put pressure on her to remove her monobrow or to get rid of pimples at such a young age you may start to pressure her to look good all the time. thats too much pressure for a 10 y/o. hell i was still playing in the park with muddy jeans when i was 10!

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Wait until she asks for it doing, it's her body afterall.
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I'd say wait until she asks. I hate it (yes, still!) when my mom gives me unsolicited beauty suggestions. It feels like I'm Not Good Enough-- even though I completely know that she doesn't really think that. Still feels like it.

That said, you could make subtle comments/asides to let her know the option is there if she wants it-- like Eilonwy said, she might be embarrassed, or just not know it can be taken care of. Key word: subtle! Kids are more perceptive than we usually think they are.
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