For some women and girls, going to the nail salon for your first mani-pedi is a rite of passage. While we mothers of daughters love to do fun things all together with the whole family, there is something special about sharing a private activity with just mom and daughter. When your little girl is ready to come along with you to the salon, the experience is bound to be a treat for both of you. Just to make sure things go swimmingly, follow our tips for making her first nail salon experience the absolute best.
1. Call ahead to make sure you’ve chosen a kid-friendly salon.
Not every salon welcomes children, so be sure to call ahead and make an appointment, mentioning that one guest will be a little one. Extra bonus: You won’t have to wait too long, so there won’t be any “I’m bored,” complaints to deal with.
2. Tell her what to expect beforehand.
Do you remember the first time you went to a nail salon? Do you remember how you were unsure what you were supposed to do? Do I put my feet in the water now? Can I read a magazine? When do I wash my hands? Should I carry my own shoes? You get the picture. Just walk her through how things usually progress at your salon, and she’ll feel much more comfortable throughout the whole process.
3. Make sure she shows up with clean hands and feet.
Sure, she’s about to have them cleaned and gussied up anyway, but you would never show up to a salon and stick dirty nails or yucky feet in front of your nail artist’s face. Make sure your daughter knows it’s polite to arrive with clean hands and feet. They don’t have to be perfectly trimmed or filed—just clean!
4. Have her opt out of the more intense grooming procedures.
You might want your calluses razored off or your cuticles cut, but these kinds of harsher procedures are not necessary for kids. You want your little girl having fun, not a fright—leave the sharp tools and cutting out of this one. A nice little soak, a hand and foot massage, and pretty nail polish are all she’ll need.
5. Bring along your own kid-safe polish from home.
Most nail polishes you’ll find on display when the nail salon receptionist asks you to pick a color are not non-toxic and kid-friendly. So what’s an easy solution? Bring your daughter’s favorite shade of kid-safe polish from home. We like to recommend our full rainbow variety of kid-safe, certified non-toxic, and heavenly-scented nail polishes from Townleygirl. Snow White’s apple red? Belle’s sweet yellow? Ariel’s beautiful sea green? Cinderella’s lovely glass blue? The possibilities are endless. Let your daughter go wild with color, while you have the peace of mind that you’re giving her a safe, non-toxic product.
As soon as you and your daughter decide she’s ready for her first nail salon experience, what better way to introduce her to the magic of a professional mani-pedi than going along with her? Follow our tips for a safe, fun, memorable mommy and me treat at the nail salon.