Peter Lawson/Eastnews Press Agency Ltd.A beauty parlour specifically for children under 13 has opened in Brentwood, Essex - and one of its first customers was just 16 MONTHS old.
The salon's owner, Michelle Devine, who is 28 and mum to two daughters, said her business - Trendy Monkeys - gave little girls 'confidence' and 'glamour' 'regardless of their age'.
The controversial treatments Ms Devine offers include fruit smoothie facials for £5, mini pedicures, manicures or make-up applications at £7 each, hair 'up-dos' for £5-£10, and haircuts and styling for £21. Miss Devine also revealed she 'will do spray tans if parents want them.'
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The salon is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, and in the wake of the Bailey report into the sexualisation of children, has come under fire from child protection officials.
Shy Keenan, a child protection consultant, told reporters: 'This is outrageous - it is giving children a complex about the way they look from the age of one.'
Ms Devine is adding other treatments to the salon's menu, including ear piercing. She said:
'Ear-piercing is something I'm looking into. My daughter had hers done at three months old and I had mine done when I was six weeks old. I think you are better off doing them when children are small as they get used to them.'
What do you think about this business?
Should there be age restrictions on salon treatments for children?
Does any under-13 NEED a pedicure or manicure? Or is it just a bit of fun?
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