March 16 2009

New Jersey May Ban Brazilian Waxing… Again

waxingIt seems that New Jersey has decided its residents aren’t old enough to make decisions about personal grooming on their own.

I admit I first heard about this while watching “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but my jaw dropped as I discovered it was a real story.  It seems that two women complained to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs after they were injured by the Brazilian wax (example images of naked women at link) treatments they had received.  One of the two women had sued the salon involved, but the state still investigated the complaints.  They then decided that this was a process that should possibly be banned all together.  The decision will be made by the Board of Cosmetology of April 14th at a meeting.

According to, it seems that under current New Jersey laws it only allows for the waxing of face, neck, arms, legs and abdomen, but it does not spell out that the waxing of genital areas is explicitly banned.  As this has gained some press coverage, some salons have ceased offering them, but the majority have not. spoke with Linda Orsuto, a salon owner in Cherry Hill, NJ who said that women would “go ballistic” if this passes.  She also said they would resort to waxing themselves, visiting unlicensed salons or even traveling to other states for the service.

So, essentially, it took exactly two people complaining to possibly get an entire service ended in a state?  This is another example of “the nanny state” going to an extreme.  I have no clue how many people get this procedure done, but I would imagine in the state of New Jersey alone the number must be in the tens of thousands, but because exactly two people complained, a Brazilian waxing underground movement may be set up.  Will this be like prohibition with waxing speakeasys being set up in back alleys?

Not only will they be passing a ban that makes absolutely no sense, they will be harming the revenue streams of salons in an already down economy.  As Ms. Orsuto said in the interview, people will find alternatives and legit salons in New Jersey will lose income and nothing will be truly gained by this move.  The only thing that will have been accomplished is salon owners may have to cut staff as there will be less work for them to do.

I am sorry two women got injured, but shall we look at all the other ways people are injured or even killed each day?  Shall we start banning everything in the world that someone at sometime has been injured doing?  How about we ban sports?  I mean, people get injured in sports every day, but yet no one bans those, but apparently if two people complain about a service in a salon, you can just get that completely banned.  Well, I’ve received some pretty bad haircuts in my day at salons, shall we ban those?

Yes, people should not be injured, but two isolated cases of waxings gone bad does not a state-wide terror make.  This is something that maybe should be monitored, make sure people have the proper certificates, but just banning in totality is heavy-handed and wrong.

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  • Meaghan

    Yipe.. the Brazilian wax job on the girl in your link looks like footage from 'Dr. G., Medical Examiner'! While I'm not trying to dog anyone, I do believe that some girls just need to keep a little bit of fuzz. I think the professionals that provide this particular "service" should be the experts in that circumstance, and the professional in the case of that pic didn't do his/her job. It reminds me of a scene in "Alien", and I know you remember the scene I'm talking about. Don't get me wrong, I keep my junk pleasantly trimmed and do not agree that a state should ever have the right to decide whether a woman (or man, for that matter) can have their happy place professionally waxed. However, I do believe that every wax client should be asked the question, "Do you want your partner to be greeted by what looks like a fuzzy rosebud for them to unfold, or rather be greeted by an in-your-face head of red cabbage?" Seriously… I had my husband and my business partner both look at just the pic of the Brazilian wax and they literally cringed at first, then relaxed when they saw the alternatives. What does that say? I think it says that, legal or not, a woman needs to know her own anatomy before going with a Brazilian wax. Sometimes "going Braz" isn't the right thing for her or her hoo-haa!

  • Ken

    I find this ridiculous. I am a waxologist/waxing tech whatever you want to call it. Licensed in New York State and fully insured.
    I offer the brazilian service to my clients if they wish it. Those that I've waxed never had an infection of any kind or any other injury.
    I can think of a few things that could cause their infections:
    After the service, I inform my clients of the importance of not tanning, hot tubs, swimming pools, sun and no body contact, etc. for at least 24 hours 48 would be optimal.

    These ladies may not have heeded the advice and either gone tanning (sweating) or hot tub etc which increased the risk of the infection.

    I never double dip. I always use a new spatula with fresh application of wax.

    We all have fungus spores on our body, its a given and something else may have caused these iinfections.

    Or they never really occured at all, due to tough economic times, they had remorse and have invented this to get money from the state or salon.