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Beirut Salon, Chez Lulu, Offers Services For Girls

The Little-Girl Salon Trend Hits Beirut


At this point, the well-worn "little girls are getting pedicures" storyline is nothing new, but as kiddy-specific salons and spas grow, so does the controversy. Most recently, the BBC reported on Chez Lulu, a Beirut salon for girls. Open since 2009, Chez Lulu provides hair styling, makeup application, and nail services for kids as young as 4 years old. Malak Mohammad, a sprightly 4-year-old, certainly seems happy as she has her makeup done, dons a pink wig, and gets a manicure (disturbingly, a UV lamp is used on those little fingers).

But Chez Lulu is only a small part of the mainstreaming of little-girl primping. Madison, the 5-year-old YouTube beauty guru, is closing in on two million video views, and the kids on Toddlers & Tiaras draw audiences with over-the-top pageant drama. Taken individually, there's nothing inherently wrong with a girl who tries on mom's lipstick now and then. What's troubling is the trend, reaching ever younger, for girls to value prettiness above all other qualities. Your thoughts?

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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I think skin care is different. The idea behind it is to nurture and protect your skin rather than "Hey, kiddo, you know what you need? BLUSH." One thing I try to do with little girls is to point out how smart/funny/clever they are rather than coo about how cute they are. I like to think that if I have a daughter, she'll be encouraged to play outside and read rather than worry about her looks. But it's a different world than it was when I was a kid, and she will probably HATE me if a school friend has a party at this sort of place, because I'll be the fun-hating mom who won't want her to go.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I think skin care is different. The idea behind it is to nurture and protect your skin rather than "Hey, kiddo, you know what you need? BLUSH." One thing I try to do with little girls is to point out how smart/funny/clever they are rather than coo about how cute they are. I like to think that if I have a daughter, she'll be encouraged to play outside and read rather than worry about her looks. But it's a different world than it was when I was a kid, and she will probably HATE me if a school friend has a party at this sort of place, because I'll be the fun-hating mom who won't want her to go.
littlemunchkin littlemunchkin 5 years
So disturbing. Let kids have a childhood!
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Honestly it is just a marketing move to start grooming young girls into young consumers and pushing needless items at that age. Makes me wonder if I have a daughter will I succumb to the pressure of her fitting in with her peers or hold my ground by holding off. But I will say this, I will probably establish simple skincare regimen so she can learn good habits. Or does that fall into the same category?
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