A few months ago, kid-focused salon Beehives and Buzzcuts opened on First Avenue near East 21st Street in Manhattan, offering manicures and pedicures, as well as blowouts, updos and braiding parties (there are also services for boys). Owner Karolyn Massey explained she wanted a fun place for kids to get their first haircuts, telling DNAinfo, "I don't plan to have it be like that show 'Toddlers & Tiaras.' It's a cute, fun little afternoon for a mother and her daughter." But today, the Post suggests it's dangerously playing into the fixation that females have on their outer beauty. Calling Naomi Wolf!
A professor, Diane Levin, author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do To Protect Their Kids, laments, "When children are young, they should be learning how to have connected relationships where they’re relating to people based on things they’re doing, not based on how they look. Even something like putting nail polish on at 5 gets girls involved in things that separate them from playing in broader ways that would help girls and boys play together." Know what can also separate girls and boys—when the girls are wearing babikinis or padded bras.
Still, many kids love to emulate Mommy and Daddy, so giving kids a taste of grownup experiences may be unavoidable. Plus, do you real want a little kid sitting next you to at your salon? And moms tell the Post the salon is a great idea, with one saying, "It appeals to adults, too! I’d love to sit in a butterfly chair and get a pedicure." And for reference on what the "Todlers & Tiaras" treatment is—for a one-year-old, it means airbrush makeup and hairpieces: