Let's put it this way: There's now a cupcake bakery on every other corner in upper Manhattan.Finally, the phenomenon introduced by the seven sisters Padilha blossomed, as spas all over the United States began to offer Brazilian wax services."Our underwear today is a lot smaller than women's underwear was 20 years ago," she says.

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Herbenick's studies have found that women under 30 are two to three times as likely to have no pubic hair than women over 30.

And Jodi Staiman, an esthetician at the posh Asha Salon in Evanston, Illinois, confirms: The vast majority of her Brazilian wax clients are under 30, and "a good 80 to 85 percent" are in their twenties.

"A lot of girls in my sorority had been saying it was the only way to go, so I thought it was going to be this life-changing thing.

This magical cure-all for all my problems down there. "I was a little misled."In addition to paying $55 for a hair removal job that wasn't nearly as thorough as she'd hoped, her suddenly pre-pubescent private parts simply gave her the creeps. For protection." (To be fair, scientists don't actually know why humans have pubic hair.

Today, it's all but commonplace for women to go to extreme measures to get bald, pre-pubescent nether regions: Indiana University researchers Debby Herbenick and Vanessa Schick found in a recent study that nearly 60 percent of American women between 18 and 24 are sometimes or always completely bare down there, while almost half of women in the U. Trimming away a few strays during swimsuit season was one thing, but removing all the hair from one's genitals, effectively turning back the clock on puberty? Why not just wax the full bikini line, she wondered.

The peculiar practice would go on to change the world of female genitalia as we know it -- but not for another decade or so.

Alanna, who asked that we refrain from using her last name, is just part of a whole generation who feels she's been duped by a certain everybody's doing it, everybody loves it myth.

Earlier this year, the 21-year-old New Jersey native's first full Brazilian wax (and last, she vows) left her smarting in more ways than one.

(That's not to say, though, that older women don't ever go bare.