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#1 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

So I was just in the bathroom carefullly applying magic stuff to hide the 2 inches of pure white re-growth in my hair, while DD 8 sat there and talked me through it.

She was going all girlie, what are you doing, can I try your makeup, can we have a mummy-daughter day tomorrow and so on.

I suggested we go for pedicures together before I really thought about what I'd said.  To put things in context, I've had one of those in my life, 8 years ago before my sister's wedding, but I've always wanted to do it again, as, sadly, my buggered back makes it hard for me to actually reach my own toes to do it myself.

DD still has baby toenails, bless her, but she'd love a shiny polish on there and just sharing the experience.

Is 8 too young for that?  She's already had her toenails painted many times by friends and friend's mums at sleepovers.  Would a pedicure place even accept an 8 year old?

She just thinks the whole thing is such a fun girlie thing, I'm leaning towards going for it.

Your thoughts?



#2 Azadel

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:00 PM

I'm one of the kids are being sexualised too soon, little girls are beautiful just as they are camp. I think if your DD is really keen then as a lovely Mummy Daughter day go for it.

#3 usandthem

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:01 PM

I'd do it, its just a fun mum daughter thing to do original.gif

#4 Coffeegirl

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

Why not?  DD12. is a really girly-girl.  Me not so much.  But I enjoy taking her out for a lunch and a pedi together.  We've done a few since she was 8 or 9.

I get the full thing (including the heel scraping  sick.gif ) she just gets a foot massage and a nail paint.

She gets to feel so grown up, and I find the time just sitting side by side in the chairs good for her to talk to me in a more relaxed way.

#5 sa5ha

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

Seems lovely, fun and totally harmless as an occasional mother and daughter treat to me!

#6 fancie

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:04 PM



The thing that worries me is the lack of infection control measures at some places.  I would hate to come away with an infection and I would never forgive myself if my DD did.



#7 Bek&H

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

no she's not too young for that at all, there's a big difference between nail polish and mini skirts Tounge1.gif take her and have fun!!

#8 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

Wait, here's the important question, lol.  Having had one pedi in my life, am I expected to shave my legs first?

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(Only kidding, really, that's on the card later when washing out the hair dye!)

@Fancie - what infection would I need to worry about?  The water in the foot baths?  As I said, I'm basically a pedicure virgin.



#9 fancie

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

LCN, have a google of pedicure infections.

Fungal infections and bacterial infections are easily transmitted from client to client when the foot spas have only the water changed and implements used for skin sloughing and nail cutting never see the inside of an autoclave.

Not meaning to frighten you, just something that I can't put out of my mind so we don't go.

Edited by fancie, 26 January 2013 - 11:17 PM.


#10 ~shannon~

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:24 PM

I say if she is keen, then go for it. If I do this with my DD (aged 6) one day, I'll also ask DH if he wants to come along! I took him for his first pedicure just before Christmas because he kept complaining about his sore, dry feet, and he really enjoyed it. We made lots of jokes about what colour nail polish he would choose!

I think it would be good for DD to see her father getting in touch with his feminine side!

#11 Coffeegirl

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

The ones we go to in our local Westfield are pretty obvious with their hygeine control.  You can watch them clean the foot baths between clients as well as open new autoclavedvpacks of implements.  

They are so busy, they'd be shut down in an instant if anyone so much as whispered then word infection.




#12 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

Bwahahaha, after all this DD just came up and said she's all for it, but please, what is a pedicure?

I told her, she's dead keen  wub.gif



#13 hell kitty

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:20 AM

DD (age 4) has a 'thing' about having her toenails cut, will only let me do one or two toes after nagging for a week or so.
I think it's because when she was about 2.5 she pulled out a dresser drawer and it fell on her toe, there was blood etc (I think I was more freaked out!)
XH got sick of it and took her up to the salon - not for a full pedi, they just cut her toenails and put some sparkly polish on.
Now she insists on going to the salon every time she needs her toenails trimmed.....I leave it to Daddy, he started the tradition, he can continue it! dev (6).gif

#14 CafeCat

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

My DD (8) is asking to go. I told her next birthday. Every time we walk past the store she reminds me  laughing2.gif Go for it - should be fun!

#15 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

I don't have a problem with it at all, but please go somewhere reputable.  I've heard a lot of negatives about those big cheap places that sprung up throughout all the Westfields.

#16 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

Do it! But please don't go to one of those sweat shops where they are all wearing masks. Try to go to a proper beautician and not a nail bar unless it's a reputable nail bar.

#17 gina70

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

Doesn't worry me what others do, but it seems like a waste of money to me.  Like colouring your dds hair at 10 or 12.  Plenty of other ways to spend quality time with children.

#18 CharliMarley

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

My daughter takes my granddaughter to the nail bar quite often and she is nearly 5. They love doing "girl things" together and the little one loves the attention she gets from her mum. Absolutely do it. eexcite.gif

#19 Peppery

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:02 AM

My beautician has painted my 4 year old DD fingernails. She sits patiently every time I get my eyebrows waxed so my beautician offered. DD was super excited and chose a dark blue colour.

I really don't see a problem with it.

Edited by Peppery, 27 January 2013 - 10:03 AM.


#20 Cyaira

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

I think it's cute and I don't really see it as sexual at all, just a bit of fun. I say go for it, it's a lovely bonding opportunity.

#21 wombat

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

DD and I have been having pedis and manicures together since she was 6, she's now 11. FWIW she's a real tomboy, lives in shorts and t-shirts, not into make up, high heals, boy bands etc   I consider pedis and manicures to be good grooming, nothing at all to do with sexulisation of children or making them grow up too quick.  I think it's all in how you present it.

#22 Lady Garden

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

It's not something I would do as it's quite literally not something I do, but apart from that I would be worried about infection and a possible hypersensitivity reaction to the fumes resulting in asthma. Have I over-thought it?

#23 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

QUOTE (FluffyOscar @ 27/01/2013, 11:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's not something I would do as it's quite literally not something I do, but apart from that I would be worried about infection and a possible hypersensitivity reaction to the fumes resulting in asthma. Have I over-thought it?


Maybe a little

#24 lafonda

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

Would anyone take their son with them for a mani or pedi? Ds gets his nails painted anyway...

#25 erindiv

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

I don't get how having painted toenails is sexual, but anyway...

I know someone who took her 4 year old daughter to have a mani-pedi recently. She had a ball and loved her pretty nails. My own DD likes having her toenails and fingernails painted whenever I do my own.

I'd only think that it was a bit of a waste of money for a little kid, but if she's keen then why not? As PP have said, don't pick one of those cheapy yucky places, go to a nice one. If you can get recommendations from friends/family, even better.




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