We all have those distressing childhood memories that will live in the back of our minds forever. For Texas mum, Leah Garcia, one of these core memories was the teasing she endured as a child for her unibrow.
To this day it still irks her that her parents didn’t wax or shave her unibrow to prevent her from being teased over it.
Leah wanted to prevent her own daughter from experiencing the same bullying she had to endure as a child and thus made the decision to wax her youngest daughter, Bliss unibrow. Bliss is three-years-old and, as her mum explains, has her eyebrows waxed every three months or so.
Leah shared the experience of waxing her toddler’s unibrow on her TikTok page, @leah_txrealtor.
@leah_txrealtor My fellow mexicans, y’all understand! 🤣 #fyp #momsoftiktok #badmom #mexicantiktok #andGO ♬ original sound – Leah Garcia
‘Now you got two eyebrows’
In the now-viral video, Leah’s three-year-old can be seen wearing an oversized pink shirt in the washroom as her mum applies the wax strip in the middle of her eyebrows. She then pulls the wax strip off while her daughter says, “OW, mum, that hurt me.”
Leah then replies, “All right, girl, now you got two eyebrows!”
She writes in a text overlay of the TikTok, “Idc! Idc! I’d rather y’all call me a bad mom before I let my 3-year-old walk around with a unibrow as my parents did!”
She penned in a caption for the clip: “My fellow Mexicans, y’all understand.”
Her daughter isn’t terribly distressed over it – she actually handles the waxing better than I do, but that usually doesn’t stop the trolls. If TikTok has taught us anything, it’s that people like to put in their two cents, especially when it comes to how others parent their own kids.
And waxing a three-year-old – well, we figured this was an open invitation for the pitchforks to come out! I mean, just look at what happened to this mum who made the decision to laser her son’s birthmark (for medical purposes, not aesthetic purposes, might I add).
An unexpected reaction to waxing her toddler’s unibrow
Surprisingly though, this wasn’t the case for Leah and her waxing video. Leah admits she received a lot of hate for waxing her child through private messages, the majority of the 28 million people who watched her viral TikTok thought she was doing the right thing.
A lot of commenters could identify with how Leah felt and agreed, she is protecting her daughter from years of torment. Many of the commenters also experienced teasing about their hair as a child too.
One commenter writes, “This was my biggest insecurity. You saved her.”
“She’s going to thank you later in life!” another wrote.
“Ugh, I wish my mom did this for me. Got bullied so hard for my eyebrows and my arms,” said another.
“Kids can be so cruel. I totally see why you did it, momma,” another wrote.
One of the only concerns commenters did have, aside from the pain factor, is that Leah didn’t exactly get her daughter’s permission to wax her. However, in newer videos, Leah does explain that Bliss is perfectly okay with it. In one video, the 3-year-old actually requests she has her eyebrows waxed over having her hair brushed.
History repeating itself
While growing up in the 80s/90s is very different from growing up today, that awful feeling of being teased still rings true for our kids. The same as it did for us.
Leah tells Yahoo Life,
“I understand where (critics) are coming from but kids can be cruel. Waxing her unibrow isn’t giving in to bullies; it’s preventing them from targeting my daughter.”
Leah also shares that waxing is simply a part of the routine in her home. Bliss now gets her eyebrows waxed every three months.
“If they want to grow it out when they’re older or at any point in their life, they can,” she said. “It’s so much easier to come back from a waxed brow than a bullied childhood.
“Me waxing my daughter’s unibrow doesn’t mean that I think they’re flawed,” she added. “It doesn’t mean that I think that they’re hideous with it. I’m just genuinely trying to protect them from any type of negative words or any type of bullying that could harm them. Something as simple as a wax, if that’s what it’s going to take, I’ll do it.”
What do you think? Was Leah right to wax her daughter’s unibrow or should she have waited until her daughter was older?
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