Brazilian wax ban plans scrapped

New Jersey reverses decision to ban Brazilians

Brazilian bikini wax, health news, Marie Claire
Brazilian bikini wax, health news, Marie Claire

New Jersey reverses decision to ban Brazilians

New Jersey has decided not to go ahead with a plan to ban bare-it-all bikini waxing.

The state on Friday decided to reverse course on the proposal after angry salon owners complained about losing business ahead of swimsuit season.

‘It was an unnecessary issue,’ said spa owner Linda Orsuto. ‘In New Jersey especially, where the government has been picking our pockets for so long, it was like, ‘Just stay out of our pants, will you?’’

The state Cosmetology and Hairstyling Board proposed banning so-called ‘Brazilian’ bikini waxing after two women were hospitalized for infections following the procedure.

The ban was considered after the women complained about their injuries and one woman filed a lawsuit.

Genital waxing can be dangerous because the hot wax can irritate or tear delicate skin in the bikini area if done improperly, resulting in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes, according to skin care experts. Despite such risks, millions of American women choose to have the procedure, and a majority of salons in New Jersey offer Brazilians for $50 to $60.

On Friday, 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.


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