A ban on ‘Brazilian’ bikini waxing?


In New Jersey, the state Board of Cosmetology is considering a ban on genital waxing after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line.

The women were reportedly hospitalized for infections following so-called “Brazilian” bikini waxes — so named because women in Brazil wax so they can wear skimpy thongs.

Jersey might be the first state to ban the procedure. National cosmetology officials said they were unaware of another state that had banned genital waxing.

Regular bikini waxes would still be allowed in Jersey.

Skin care experts say genital waxing can be dangerous because the hot wax can irritate or tear delicate skin in the bikini area, resulting in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes.

Despite such risks, millions of American women — and some men — choose to have the hair down there ripped away, and are willing to pay upwards of $50 to $60.

Do you wax? What has been your experience? Would you be angry about a ban in Georgia?

32 comments Add your comment

Brad Steel

March 19th, 2009
12:00 pm

What will I do for throw rugs?


March 19th, 2009
12:00 pm

Hey, Bubba here……as a georgia peanut farmer, I gotta admit that I do not wax, and most of the other farmers I know think it’s wrong to send our American dollars to those Brazilians. Most other farmers I know dont wear those thong bikinis…they say they get all chapped from the tractor seat. Cept for my buddy Luke, who says he likes getting all chapped….course Luke was never the same after that mishap involving those sheep and some milking-machine contraption he invented.


March 19th, 2009
12:28 pm

Yeeeeeeowwwwww! That’s gotta hurt!!


March 19th, 2009
12:42 pm

I have no idea what a Brazilian wax is. Is that like a Turtle wax? The article could have included a picture. Like we really know what Brazilian wax is!!! This is GEORGIA USA!!!


March 19th, 2009
12:48 pm

I would have expected this from a state like Oregon, where they like their girls earthy. Brazilian waxing is a fine art, but perhaps the duct-tape-tied-to-the-bumper method is not sound. Please see a professional.


March 19th, 2009
12:55 pm


March 19th, 2009
1:05 pm

If you outlaw genital waxing, only outlaws will have waxed genitals.


March 19th, 2009
1:45 pm

Nothing says sexy like a hairless pubic portion!!! Wifey and I stay lean and clean!! Get with the program people!!


March 19th, 2009
2:27 pm

Seriously, the things people put themselves through nowadays to be “sexy” is just beyond me. Nowadays, I see women getting their entire face waxed…where does it stop? A trim here and there is one thing….but bald areas like that is for pre-pubescent stages of life…not adulthood.

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March 19th, 2009
3:38 pm

If a Brazilian bikini wax ‘breaks bad’, you could always get a merkin…


March 19th, 2009
3:52 pm

Oh noes! wut will i do now?


March 19th, 2009
3:54 pm

I agree with this. Open genital sores is how I contracted the HIV.


March 19th, 2009
4:02 pm

It is responsibility of gov’t to protect those that would be endangered by this cruel act.


March 19th, 2009
4:06 pm

RightToLifeHomer you suck:

I think it should be the WOMAN’S CHOICE!! The gov’t doesn’t need to get involved in EVERYTHING!!



March 19th, 2009
4:33 pm

Wax any part of YOUR body you like. But come near me with that stuff, you better pray.

G Natural

March 19th, 2009
5:07 pm

Tax the Wax! Seriously…a few pictures for illustration purposes would have been educational.


March 19th, 2009
5:55 pm

Well, first of all I would to say that who ever wrote this article has a steriotype about brazilians wearing thongs, know their culture frist before you write something like this. They wax the genital areas not to wear a “skimpy thong” like you said; but for them “brazilians” is all about hygiene! If they banned that in New Jersey let it be, let the people rule. I’ll say that whom ever waxed that lady didn’t know what was doing.It’s optional wax if you want to! However to answer your question I say NO! They should not ban Brazilian Wax in GA!


March 19th, 2009
6:41 pm

This wax is essential in achieving the proper shine on Brazilian wood (banisters)


March 19th, 2009
8:49 pm

I am so proud to be a Georgian after reading these comments. Seriously. Maybe instead of the government getting involved, though, people could try not being stupid.


March 19th, 2009
10:09 pm

Reagan once said, “If the Senators from New Jersey are so worried about the wolves in Yellowstone, maybe we should let a bunch of wolves loose in New Jersey.” It’s a shame he was kidding as clearly the herd of politicians in New Jersey needs thinning.


March 19th, 2009
10:19 pm

Wax on, wax off, now they will want a bailout.


March 19th, 2009
10:23 pm

Uh oh. Does this mean I can no longer wear thong bathing suits? I am a guy.


March 19th, 2009
10:37 pm

Girls have hair down there? Really? I never knew…


March 19th, 2009
11:31 pm

The Brazilian wax makes a woman look like a little girl down there (hey, I had sisters growing up!)…and for me, it’s kind of a turn off—because I have no pedaphillia inclinations. Girls, I ain’t the only guy that thinks so—more men than you realize say it’s no hot. Trim it yes, shave/wax it…no. Besides, when the stubble starts growing back, it is like sandpaper….which scratchs during intimate activity. Did you know that pubic hair actually functions as a form of dry skin lubricant for sex?


March 20th, 2009
1:30 am

The Ban is not for just full removal of pubic hair as the Brazilian Waxing suggests but it is illegal to even do a trim. If you wax or not, the state should not be dicating if you can or not get groomed. Help us petition to the AG office to overturn this ban.
Big gathering event on Monday 3/23

Sweet Samba

April 6th, 2009
1:56 am

Brazilian waxing is popular Atlanta, Georgia thanks to spa’s like Sweet Samba. http://www.sweetsamba.com

Bikini Hair Dye

May 5th, 2009
12:30 pm

Go ahead and get all the waxing you want. Worse comes to worse you have waxing parties with friends. Me on the other hand…I just enjoy dying my bikini area. Don’t have to worry about the government banning that.


January 1st, 2010
4:29 pm

The consideration of banning waxing in New Jersey did not even last 24 hours. After making national news- New Jersey Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman effectively killed the plan. In a letter to the board, Szuchman says he won’t support the ban, and since his office oversees the board, the ban would never be approved. “The procedure can be safely performed. I, therefore, believe that there are alternate means to address any public health issues identified by the board,” It turns out this was actually started be lobbyists for expensive laser hair removal! No other state is known to explicitly ban the procedure, according to cosmetology experts. Georgia considered this 2 years ago, but determined it was covered under “bikini area” in the current law. (no pun intended) Go to waxingatlanta.com to find the most experienced Brazilian professionals for safe hair removal- for only $35. Voted best in Atlanta 6 years in a row!


March 7th, 2010
9:17 am

Lady Bee Waxing Salon is an excellent place for Brazilian Wax, Massage treatment and Facial treatment. they are located in Sandy Springs.

Kate J.

August 23rd, 2010
11:59 am

I’m sorry to hear these two women had such bad results. I’ve been lucky enough to be pleased with the results each time I’ve had it done. I go to Jose Luis Salon – http://www.joseluissalon.com in Austin. I think the biggest thing is to do your research before going into a salon and having it done. It may help to try services like Yelp or Google Reviews, just to see what others thought of the facility and the staff.


August 26th, 2010
12:04 pm

i dont know about banning brazillian wax, if performed correctly, its not that dangerous