Kid’s spa services are getting to be a big business – with tourist attractions like Great Wolf Lodge and Walt Disney World’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique catering to the beauty needs of kids under 12. While these travel giants are definitely delivering memorable kid’s experiences, you may be able to find age appropriate spa services closer to home. How old should a child be to visit the spa for the first time – and what services are right for a first visit? These ideas can help you decide what works best for your child.

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Teen Skin and Hair

Acne and sensitive skin treatments and facials designed just for teens are available at most full service salons. The same esthetician that treats your more mature skin may also be able to offer your teen a cleansing facial designed to ward off acne and blemishes. Check your salon for teen facial options; most offer several different versions for teens as young as 12.

Manicures and Pedicures for Kids

Even a young child can get a basic manicure or pedicure, particularly if you choose a kid-friendly spa or salon. Children’s mani-pedi services are designed to avoid the use of sharp implements and won’t be as intensive as an adult treatment. If you choose a salon that specializes in services for kids or one that has stylists specifically trained to work with children, they’ll be ready to offer a fun treatment that is guaranteed to get your child hooked on the spa. Ages will vary, but if your child is able to sit still for the session, they’ll be welcome; most kid friendly mani-pedi services start at age 6.

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Spa Rules

Some spas may require children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult; you may not have to get the same service as your child, just be present for the experience. Ask your spa about kids and teens treatments; many offer experiences tailored to this age group – some even offer children’s birthday party packages or group discounts. Salons aimed at kids under 13 may actually offer services for children as young as 3; calling ahead can help you determine which services your child can have.

A spa treatment can help your child get more familiar with a salon setting, boost her confidence and even address grooming or hygeine issues you have been struggling with at home. Call ahead to be sure that your favorite or local salon offers services specifically designed for children and to learn more about their age requirements, too.