Ritzy Glitzy Girlz Club is on a mission to build a generation of confident young girls, throughout the world, by encouraging them, through our glam parties, to embrace a positive self image.
So states the Mission Statement of the Ritzy Glitzy Girlz Club, a Long Island NY business dedicated to making a diva out of your daughter. This past weekend, I saw a news feature on the “Glam Parties” they offer to young girls. And by young, I mean young. The news clip mentioned girls as young as two years old, and one of the children shown did indeed, look to be that age.
These spa parties offer, for a variety of prices, everything from manicures, pedicures, make-up sessions, photo shoots, dress-ups and facials. Facials for girls under ten. Now granted they are not using the same ingredients as would adult women, but do we even need to tell girls that young their skin needs help? How does this help their body image?
All little girls like to play dress-up, I get that. All kids like to be more grown up than they are, I get that too. But playing with your mothers’ make-up is very different than going somewhere and having them apply make-up to your nine-year old, so she can feel good about herself. You know, when I was in gym class and I beat my best high-jump or ran the 40 yard dash faster than I did the last semester, I felt pretty damn good about myself, and it didn’t take eye shadow or lipstick to do it. I just don’t comprehend how telling a child they are not naturally pretty enough will ever help their self image.
And then the parenting issue. The news story had a mother saying how happy her maybe three year-old daughter was after her manicure. “She loves it and she feels just like a little princess.” Parents, I hate to break the news to you, she’s not a princess, never will be, and to tell her she is when it suits you, is doing more harm than good. And won’t it be fun for you, when she starts demanding a mani, pedi and facial be part of her everyday princess world. I bet if you gave her four scoops of ice cream or all the candy she wanted to eat, she would be happy too. But is it a good idea… I think not.
Then there’s the price tag for these little spa parties. The fun begins at around $500 for eight girls, without the “add-ons.” Like goody bags, photo shoots, tattoos and food. Yeah, food is separate. You do the math but it seems the cost can escalate pretty quickly for a little girls get-together.
They also offer “walk-in salon services” for a nice price. The “ice cream mani” alone costs $20… my manicure is a lot cheaper than that. “Princess Make-overs” start at $15. Really… do girls of six or seven need a make0ver?
I don’t think I’ve ever known a parent who hasn’t said about their children “they grow up so fast.” Yes, they do. So why speed up the process with activities meant for adults? If she’s having a facial at eight… at what age will she want Botox or collagen treatments? They say perception is reality and if that is true, we are telling these girls they need to be pampered and ”dolled up” to feel good about themselves. That is doing them a great disservice.
This Girls Day Spa has gotten a lot of good reviews, and why wouldn’t they? What girl isn’t going to be happy after a day when she’s been pampered and made to feel like she’s the best thing since, oh maybe the “Jello Manicure” (price tag $30). Personally, I just think there are better ways to help a young girl with herself image and none of them include a tiara.