Spray tans, facials for 1-year-olds? British salon criticized for sexualizing kids

Kiddie salons are not a new concept, but a salon in Britain serving only the under 13 crowd is being criticized for “sexualizing” young girls. The beauty parlor offers makeovers and facials for girls as young as one.

From the Daily Mail (Check out the photos from the salon on the web site. It does offer more insight):

“The salon, which caters only for the under-13s, has opened its doors at a time of intense concern over the growing sexualisation of children. This week, a report backed by the Government called for measures to protect children’s innocence, including controlling their access to inappropriate clothing, and raunchy pop videos.

“Shy Keenan, a child protection consultant, said: ‘This is outrageous – it is giving children a complex about the way they look from the age of one.’

“But while critics warned that pampering youngsters in adult ways could take away their childhood, Trendy Monkeys owner Michelle Devine, defended her business….”

Miss Devine, 28, a single mother of two young girls, insisted that going to the salon would allow girls to ‘exude confidence, glamour and the desire to look her best at all times, regardless of age’. ‘I will do spray tans if parents want them,’ she added.”

Atlanta has tons of kids’ salons. Lots of little girls throw parties at salons like Snip-Its where their friends come in and they get their hair styled and they put on simple sparkly make up (mostly lip gloss).  Snip-Its website offers mini manis, nail designs, make up application  and up-dos.  They show girls on the page having facials but I don’t see where that is offered as a service.

We’ve been to two Snip-Its parties but I guess at the Snip-Its parties it seems more like playing dress up than doing it for real.

We also talked earlier this week by coincidence about Disney offering princess salon services.

So do you see a difference between what the English children’s salon is offering and what local kids’ salons and Diseny are offering? How young is too young for facials or mani-pedis? (The spray tan does seem a little extreme and I would be worried about a kid breathing in when they shouldn’t. ) Is the British salon oversexualizing kids or no big deal?

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41 comments Add your comment

Jeff

June 10th, 2011
3:53 am

Good god. Where to even start. When moms are walking around with thongs showing, breast implants, tatoos showing and being sexualized themselves, what do you expect? And I’ll say it again, the moms on here are great and not the ones

djm_NC

June 10th, 2011
5:32 am

as long as the parents are letting their kids take part in these glamourizing (is that a word?) events there will continue to be places that do these things. i have always wondered at parents who want their daughters to look like they are so much older…whats with that? whats with parents who let their daughters look like sluts. what is wrong with these people. if the parents dont want it then the businesses wouldnt survive. it just boggles my mind the way parents let their daughters take part in adult activities. and jeff–you are right–but what about the dads who let the kids do this. and really-(i fully expect to be dissed on for this) but what about the men who love for their wives to go around looking like that? doesnt anyone have any modesty or scruples anymore?

Jeff

June 10th, 2011
5:41 am

Dj, you are right. But in general, we dads have been marginalized. The vast majority of influences in a child’s life are women.

djm_NC

June 10th, 2011
5:49 am

i think that is sad. but true. i have been the majority influence in my younger 2 kids lives-due to lack of interest from their dad. its not easy. i also see dads pushed aside by the moms-and really dont understand that, unless the dad is a bad and evil person.

djm_NC

June 10th, 2011
5:52 am

theresa–heres a topic for you—how do kids who are raised in a single parent home…and i mean single parent with no help or influence from the other parent-fare when they get married and have kids….how does the one gender raising affect the kids ideas of how to be a good spouse or parent? i have this issue myself and would love to see how others fared.

shaggy

June 10th, 2011
6:48 am

The only redeeming thing about this article is that it is coming from Britain. The press there has been “less than honest” lately, so this could be a hoax. Those Brits seem to love a good hoax…ya’ll do remember botox mom, don’t you?

If it is true, I find it encouraging that the British have a selfish, celebrity worshipping culture going on, so the US will have some company. We could even compete in a kind of Olympics to see who has the stupidest celebrity worshipers. The winner gets a Paris Hilton’s used snot rag…with cocaine residue of course.

Sam

June 10th, 2011
7:08 am

Have you seen American children lately? I don’t think this is a British problem…

You have an I-D-1-0-T Problem

June 10th, 2011
7:59 am

That’s pretty profound for a country that doesn’t put dentists in high regard.

Janice

June 10th, 2011
8:42 am

when i was a child in the 60’s we played dress up with our mother’s/grandmother’s old clothes, hi heels and hats and would parade around the yard.

facials for children…i don’t think that would be good for their skin..besides, isn’t dewey skin a reason adults get facials?

i’ve seen little girls at the nail salon, 2 yr olds can’t sit still long enough for the little pedicures.

when i was a child, turning 10 was great as bonnie bell was product line that centered on that age, and had clear nail polish and skin care products for pre-teens.

make up?? forget about it. too many people now watch toddlers & tiaras and want their little ones to end up like those girls and their overbearing mothers.

JJ

June 10th, 2011
8:44 am

We just covered something very similar with the Botox Mom scandal……

Have a wonderful day, I’m out……

Kat

June 10th, 2011
8:52 am

The Daily Mail is famous for finding these people. Another story that ran in their online paper this week was about a mom who gave her six (or eight?) year old daughter a voucher for breast augmentation when she turns 16. The little girl (whose mom also hired a bus to transport the girls and provide spa services) said it was her favorite gift. BTW: Her mom has been referred to as a “human Barbie doll.” If you go look at her, you might not think that – I sure didn’t.

Sophia

June 10th, 2011
9:03 am

Here is the facials thing on the website under parties:

Cucumber Extravaganza Facial First we cleanse sweet faces with a relaxing Lavender Honey Cleanser, then a gentle face massage and cucumber mask are applied. The final touch is an application of a nurturing face cream.

Like the other Snip-its birthday parties, a special treat goes to the birthday child and every party guest will receive a goody bag.

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2011
9:13 am

What happened to PIN THE TALE ON THE DONKEY :)

I had someone offer me $600 to share a program at her daughter’s party. WHAT? I declined. I love the kids but I am not about to manage them at a birthday party. When I visit schools, the teachers manage the children and I share the program. Not so at birthday parties. Some parents do not know how to manage their own children! In fact, some are already whining about what they will do with them all summer.

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2011
9:13 am

jarvis

June 10th, 2011
9:25 am

Am I the only one that hates the Brit’s refusal to use the letter “z”?

Tad Jackson

June 10th, 2011
9:31 am

Certain businesses, led by some pretty smart and unrelenting people, are constantly looking to expand their market … to attract more customers. And those customers will be attracted to the new whatever-it-is and they will buy it and embrace it and tell their friends and feel super intelligent that they’re doing the new cool thing and buy some more and then things like this eventually fizz out. I’ve been there, and believe me, all they’re looking at is the dollar sign hovering over your head … as well as the typical zombie, I-must-buy-the-latest-new-cool-thing mom behind you. Dinner plate-sized sunglasses are it right now.

And then the cycle starts over again. Just think of the things we buy, and buy into, today. I believe the phenomenon is called … a fad? Hang in there. Let the chillren be spray-tanned. Laugh and giggle about it together. Make it seem like a novelty. Maybe it’ll distract them from nagging you about getting a nose ring or having their navel pierced. (Mom, your navel isn’t pierced, is it?)

http://www.adixiediary.com

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2011
10:00 am

@ Tad..no and I do not even have a tatoo :p

shaggy

June 10th, 2011
10:01 am

So Tad, you want the sexual endoctrination of little girls to begin at one year old, because it’s just a fad???

Tad Jackson

June 10th, 2011
10:10 am

shaggy … hello … just my thoughts. Read my post again a bit more carefully. A lot of that ol’ nuance and whatnot in there! Thanks.

catlady

June 10th, 2011
10:13 am

I hate the message that tells a little girl,”You are not _____enough.”

It’s hard to tell if daddies have been pushed out or climbed out of their kids’ lives on their own. Too many are on the outside looking (or not) in.

shaggy

June 10th, 2011
10:20 am

Tad,

Read it again “carefully”. I still got the same message. It is your last paragraph that alludes to the “it’s just a fad and keep’s their mind off of belly button piercing and such”.
Is that your “ol’ nuance and whatnot”?

Tad Jackson

June 10th, 2011
10:36 am

shaggy … then what you got out of it is what you got out of it. No problem. I respect that. But, hey, it’s the summer. I’d like to take some time off from teaching reading comprehension!

http://www.adixiediary.com

Jeff

June 10th, 2011
10:55 am

MJG, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you rock, you’re awesome.

Tad Jackson

June 10th, 2011
10:56 am

motherjanegoose … but if you had a tattoo I bet it would say, “Honor Education And Parental Common Sense.” I read your posts and like the way you think. Anyhow, about where the tattoo would be applied … I’ll leave that alone! Blessings!

http://www.adixiediary.com

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2011
11:45 am

plus 2 today and I am flattered and honored :)
Off to share what I do know and maybe get paid too!

Tad…my youngest sister told me that when I turned 50 I should do something crazy like get a discreet tatoo.
Um…no…If I used your suggestion, I am not sure how discreet it would be. I do like it though.
One problem I have with it is that not all parents have common sense but you certainly already know it.

Jef…perhaps you should come to lunch with me and some of the others here who can stand me in person. It is a 2 hour project.

catlady

June 10th, 2011
12:07 pm

“Jef…perhaps you should come to lunch with me and some of the others here who can stand me in person. It is a 2 hour project.”

AT LEAST! LOL!

Lady Strange

June 10th, 2011
12:29 pm

I”m fine with a mani or pedi for a kid but beyond that is a bit much. If they want to play dressup at home that’s OK too. Tattoos are not for children, I don’t have a problem with temporary tattoos for older kids but little ones I don’t think it’s a good idea. Personally I have always liked tattoos, even when I was a kid, and I would use the temporary ones myself. Tattoos are a very personal thing, they’re not for everyone. Fake tans and facials are a bit much IMO.

Jeff

June 10th, 2011
12:35 pm

Lol. Maybe one day ladies.

Btw, are you buying the mimosas or am I?

shaggy

June 10th, 2011
12:56 pm

Yes Tad, that is what I get out of it, but why the snide remark, “I’d like to take some time off from teaching reading comprehension!”? Did my question bother you, or were you just being a jerk?

I just asked for clarification. I did not seek to insult you. I can do that very well if you want.

Becky

June 10th, 2011
4:00 pm

@MJG..Haha..My sister got a tat when she turned 50..Her son did it for her and what was suppose to be a tat about the size of a quarter, turned out to be the size of a grapefruit..Then she looks at me and tells me that he wants to give all of the family a tat..Oh, h3ll nah, not me..They are ok (IMO) for other people..

@catlady..Yes, it is at least 2 hours..BUT, it is a lot of fun…Maybe more than one or two of us could get together for lunch..

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 10th, 2011
5:49 pm

why does my wife and her friends talk about “facials” and then get mad at me and the other husbands for giggling? Seriously…we laugh every time and they get mad at usevery time. If they don’t want us to laugh and offer to give them the facials ourselves, salons should really change the name of that service!

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2011
10:01 pm

Uh..Becky and catlady…there is so much to chat about! I need to check in with both of you!

motherjanegoose

June 11th, 2011
9:17 am

@ Jeff…we do not drink Mimosas but I will buy your lunch, unless you need a 20 ounce Porterhouse ‘cuz that is not what we eat.

Warrior Woman

June 11th, 2011
10:21 pm

I think spray tans are wrong at any age, so I certainly wouldn’t let a small child have one. However, I don’t have a problem with the occasional mani/pedi or age-appropriate facial for children. It’s like playing dress-up in my book.

TallMom

June 12th, 2011
9:29 am

That whole article gave me the willies. Gross.

IG2BAFG

June 12th, 2011
9:49 am

I wouldn’t do it, but I won’t stand in the way of someone else who wants to do it for their kid.

Deanna

June 12th, 2011
10:13 am

Why do we want to teach girls at such a young age that looks are so important? It was bad enough when that stuff started at 11 or 12. Now it seems like they have to worry about it from birth!

Devil's Advocate

June 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Newsflash to moms out there (because dads already know this):

I love tans, I love “Delicious or Booty” shorts/pants, I love bikini tops and sports bras, I love suggestively revealed female skin, sexy hair and well-applied makeup. I am a heterosexual male. But just to break it to you, I only love that stuff on females 18-whatever age Halle and Demi stop looking hot.

The next time a man claims women only dress for other women, don’t deny it because “normal” law abiding men don’t care to see your minors in these adult fixins. So ask yourself, why are you dressing young girls (undeveloped ones at that; I can halfway understand teens who look to be in their twenties for the visual but still doesn’t make all the cases right) in mature attire with adult grooming?

I’m a socially liberal guy but when I see elementary and middle school girls like this I feel embarrassed for them.

Amy

June 12th, 2011
12:53 pm

Enter your comments here

Amy

June 12th, 2011
12:54 pm

I don’t think this is a scam. Those of you that Groupon will see a Kids’ Spa package sale today. I just saw it and thought WHAT?….and then I find this article….

Tom

June 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

No worse than these sick pageant moms pimping out their little girls. They need therapy, prison…or both.