• Sun, Nov 24 - 3:30 pm ET

Salon Charges Stupid ‘Fat Tax’ To Wax Size 8 Women

leg-waxGetting waxed sucks, no matter how much new-age music the salon plays. You have to get naked in front of a stranger and pay her a lot of money to rip your body hair out by the roots, and overall the experience is highly unpleasant. A lot of people still choose to do it for various reasons of their own, but one salon owner in London is doing its best to chase its customers elsewhere by applying a “fat tax” based on her customers’ dress sizes.

According to Refinery29, the owner of MM Bubbles in London says she has to use extra supplies to wax a larger woman, so she’s charging an extra fee to cover the extra strip of wax that might be necessary.

Anyone who wears a UK size 12 or higher has to pay an additional fee to be waxed. According to the ASOS size guide, a size 12 is a woman with the measurements 36-28.75-38.75. A size 10, which is the largest a person can apparently be without causing the MM Bubbles pricing structure to collapse, measures in at 34-26.75-36.75.

Women who measure above a U.K. size 12 are asked to pay an extra $8. Women above a U.K. 18 are asked to pay an extra $16.

The average woman in the UK wears a size 16, so it appears likely that this woman is now going up to many if not most of her customers and saying, “You have to pay $16 over the sticker price because you are fat.” That does not sound like a great way to create a soothing experience at her salon.

Personally, I think this is ridiculous. The difference between a size 10 thigh and a size 12 thigh is not even a full strip of wax, so an $8 surcharge sounds absurd. And if it is about surface area, do I get a discount for being short? Karlie Kloss is extraordinarily skinny but a million feet tall. If she wants to get waxed, does she pay more or less?

The choice is mind-boggling from a business perspective. If her prices are so low that an extra two inches of meat on a woman’s butt will destroy her profit margins, she probably should have raised her prices across the board a long, long time ago. Distributing the cost of an extra strip of wax used here or saved there across her customer base would almost certainly have served her business better in the long run than imposing this stupid “fat tax,” getting in the papers, and driving a lot of her customers away.

Via Refinery29/Photo: Shutterstock

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  • JennyWren

    This really doesn’t make much sense. My cousin wears a dress size about five times bigger than mine, but she has very slim legs- she can buy straight-sized boots and typically has a gap at the back too. I’m a much smaller dress and pants size, but I have very chunky calves and have to buy wide-fitting boots.

    If this is REALLY an issue, couldn’t the salon owner just keep the max in a container with measurements on the side showing how much wax she’s using and charge accordingly?

    • Eileen

      Seriously. Charge by the amount of wax used? Sure. But there are a million different things that can cause variance in that area, and the difference between a size six and a size eight is the least of them.

  • La

    Right? I’m super tall AND have booty, so I would get charged more. But I also have an abnormally hairless left armpit, so do I get a refund on that? What about girl’s with a happy trail or something? Do they pay extra? Waxing is not an exact science. You could wax identical twins and still not use the exact same amount of wax. How about working on your customer service? Scaring off the majority of the population can’t be good for business.

  • http://www.pennyforyourshoes.com/ Daisy

    A fat tax for a UK12?? That’s insane. She deserves going bankrupt from fat-shaming her own customers.

  • Elizabeth

    Also, wax costs practically nothing. You can get a whole tub of wax for ~$10 at non-wholesale prices!

    I can’t even be mad, since they’re going to just run themselves out of business with this policy.

  • elle

    This is really stupid. Also are they whipping out measuring tapes to confirm or going by clothes size? Granted I do live in the US so UK standards may be better but even in the sane store I can range from size 6-10! How do they enforce something like this!

  • Chuck

    Where is the satire now? When it’s about shaming men…the gates are opened. I smell a new sitcom, “The hypocrites”.

    • CMJ

      Are you lost?

    • Chuck

      Are you fat?

  • Samantha_Escobar

    Wtf. A UK size 12 is, what, a US size 8? I can’t imagine just how much of a difference there is in mass between an 8 and a 6, and regardless, it would be entirely subjective to that person’s body shape.

    Fucking sigh. Exasperated sigh.

  • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

    As a stylist, make up artist, and creative director, I see nothing wrong with what they’re doing. The more of you there is, the more product you have to use. Not only does it take more supplies, but it also takes more time. And that is what you are paying for when you enter a salon. You’re not paying for the service, you’re paying for our time and expertise. If you don’t want to pay their prices, then do it yourself or eat less and move more. Just because you’re obese doesn’t mean that businesses have to eat the costs of providing you a service.

    • MariePearle

      A size 12 is not obese. Go back to your own planet.

    • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

      Yes it is. It’s obese and it’s disgusting to look at. If you want to be fat and disgusting, be fat and disgusting. But I’ll charge you more than someone who takes care of their body and doesn’t leave dirt and smelly shit in their fat rolls.

    • CMJ

      Methinks you need to look up the definition of obese.

    • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

      Methinks you need to eat me and take an English course or two.

    • Desiree Evans

      I am also a beauty professional: an esthetician and manicurist, as well as the marketing director for my establishment. I think this is complete buffoonery. When you come into an establishment, you are ABSOLUTELY paying for a service, as well as expertise and time. If you want more FOR YOUR TIME, then charge more for it. But DO NOT alienate your clients based on your perceived differences about their size. If you really know what you are doing, then you know how to economize on time and supplies while still delivering a great service to your clients regardless of their size. There are some hair salons in my area who charge for ‘long’ hair. First, long is relative. Second, why should anyone be charged for their choice in hair lenghts? A bob is a bob. Layers are layers. If this woman is claiming that ‘larger’ women take more time and supplies, she should have given herself a ‘raise’ through across the board price increase a long time ago. Insanity.

    • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

      ” Second, why should anyone be charged for their choice in hair lenghts?” A) Learn how to spell lengths. B) Do me a favor and find out where I said anything to that effect? I’ll wait…(spoiler alert, I didn’t say or imply anything like that)…But, real talk, when it comes to a cut, it doesn’t matter. But you better believe I’m going to charge someone more for color when their hair is down to their ass than I would if someone needed a pixie cut colored. Just because you make the choice to have longer hair doesn’t mean I have to eat the costs of the time and amount of product used.

    • Desiree Evans

      So, a couple of things here:

      When I was expressing my opinion, I can assure you, it wasn’t a personal indictment against you.

      Additionally, I do know how to spell ‘lengths’, so let’s just call that one a typo, shall we? Great! :)

      Also, I was simply drawing a relevant comparison of a salon scenario, just for illustration purposes. You should certainly do what you want in your salon setting.I wasn’t putting words in your mouth. It’s not my style.

      Lastly, viva la donuts!!

      Enjoy your day! :)

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Why do DudeBros always assume that anyone who questions ridiculous beauty standards must be obese/ugly/etc? Oh that’s right. You’re a troll! Silly me!

    • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

      Call me whatever you want. It literally makes absolutely no difference in my day to day life.

    • Colonel Dork LaGrosse

      Only because you have no life beyond trolling. I personally think Frances was giving you a serious benefit of the doubt when referring to you as a Dude/Bro. Way more credit than you deserve. BTW, as far as the trolling goes, you’re doing it wrong. ;)

  • Cris

    What’s next? Charging extra for people that are a bit hairier than average? Sheesh.

  • CMJ

    Oh shit….I hope they don’t start charging a fat tax for eyebrows. I would be screwed.

  • http://advocatemag.com Christina Hughes Babb

    This is a publicity stunt.