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.
“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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