NJ Scrubs Plan to Ban Brazilian Bikini Waxes
State smoothes out dispute over painful procedure
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2009 4:26 AM CDT
Visitors and residents spend the day on the beach in Belmar, N.J., on this first day of summer, June 21, 2002.    (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price)
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(Newser) – New Jersey has ripped up a plan to forbid the state's salons from offering Brazilian waxes, reports the Chicago Tribune. A state panel was moving towards banning the procedure—which involves the full removal of hair “down there”—after reports of injuries, but the state's consumer affairs chief decided to focus on better training instead.

"I cannot agree to the complete prohibition" of removing hair from the genital area, the official said. Salon owners had been infuriated by the proposed ban, ahead of the lucrative swimsuit season. The procedure is completely safe when done properly, they said, and citizens' "bikini regions" were none of the state's business anyway.