When I told people I was going with Miss C to get her eyebrows waxed I was surprised by the amount of raised eyebrows (pardon the pun!).
I don’t see the problem in allowing my daughter to start wanting to tweak how she looks (obviously within reason). I wouldn’t allow her to dye her hair bright red and plaster herself with makeup to the point she’s unrecognisable.
I knew that when I was a mum, I would allow my children to do things that I wasn’t allowed to do in my teens. I wasn’t allowed to shave my arms or legs until I was 15 and I have dark hair as well! I wasn’t allowed to pluck my eyebrows even though I had a unibrow (eeeek there I said it!) until I was 16 and not a speck of makeup until I was 15.
Can you imagine having to deal with the hair sticking out of your thick school tights or having dark hair combined with pasty white legs on show in the summer, the embarrassment of the girls changing room with all my hair and the shite self confidence I had as a teen!
I ended up at 14 shaving my legs when I was staying over a friends house. She had been shaving for over a year and I just couldn’t deal with the shame any longer. That night after being so scared that the shaver was going to kill me with pain I plucked up the courage and shaved them. Hair – gone forever hooray! Then I told my mum when I got home.
She wasn’t happy, she was disappointed I went behind her back. Then I felt bad. She thankfully let me carry on shaving my legs. I started shaving my armpits then too wahoo.
Still no touching my eyebrows until I was 16! To be honest I was scared it would hurt and I had no idea what to do with them so I just got on with it.
Miss C has been shaving her armpits for the last year, as soon as she said ‘mum that’s disgusting I’ve got hairy armpits’, I showed her how to shave. She was not going to go through the shame I felt in the summer or in the girls changing rooms!
Over the last few weeks she has been complaining about her ‘bushy eyebrows’ and that she could see a ‘unibrow forming’. She asked about plucking them but I don’t want her plucking her eyebrows cluelessly like I did and end up with them like mine. I have barely any eyebrows left through plucking, I have mine tattooed on with semi permanent makeup. I am pants with beauty stuff so after we spoke together we agreed to go to see a professional who would shape her eyebrows when waxing them would be the best option.
Here are the before and after photos.
There isn’t a huge difference even though a lot of hair came off, they just look neater and Miss C is much more happier in her appearance because of it.
She took this selfie for her IG account, (as teens do!)
What do you allow your 12 year old to do or what did you allow your 12 year old to do?