By Mollie Mansfield
A beauty-mad mum has opened UK’s first kids only spa – aimed at helping primary-school age children to relax.
Rachel Powell offers beauty treatments for children as young as THREE in her newly-opened premises – where tots can ‘relax’ with a back massage and pedicure.
There’s even an on-site hot tub for those over 10 to relax in while sipping a glass of non-alcoholic champagne from a bubblegum pink champagne flute.
Beauty Therapist Rachel, from Kingstanding, Birmingham, offers a whole range of treatments in her new spa, exclusively for children between the ages of three and 16 – including facials, leg and foot massages and manicures.
And the mum-of-four says she was inspired to plough her savings into the US-inspired venture after her eight-year-old daughter, Kimora, begged her to find a spa that she was old enough to visit.
Rachel, who opened Kandy Girl earlier this month, said: “Children deserve to be pampered and relaxed as much as adults do.
“Now children have somewhere that they can come to in order to relax and de-stress with a massage, facial or nail paint.
“As a mother I know that children’s lives can be stressful with homework and general school life.
“I used to take my daughter with me to the nail salon, but it wasn’t very child-friendly because of all the fumes.
“She begged me to find a kid-friendly salon I could take her to. She’s a princess and I wanted her to feel pampered like one.”
But after struggling to find any salons in the UK that would give her daughter a pamper session, Rachel was faced with booking a trip to America to grant her daughter’s wish.
She added: “When Kimora discovered that there were children spas that was all she spoke about, however the only ones in the UK were mobile and not an actual walk-in salon.
“One day, Kimora said: ‘Mum, why don’t you just start your own salon’ – and I thought it was a great idea.
“She’s a mini princess herself and there’s so many others out there who are princesses, but there’s been nowhere for them to go.
“But now they can come to the salon after school and be both pampered and allowed to spend quality bonding time with their mother, father or best friend.”
Rachel spent four months putting the salon together – tirelessly plastering walls, painting ceilings and installing over-sized dimante and shocking pink thrones for the girls to sit on while being having their feet rubbed.
Rachel added: “When I finally found the salon Kimora was a massive help, and even picked out the name.
“From then on in I worked tirelessly to make this place a Princess Palace – I did the plastering, the painting and all of the decorating myself – and Kimora helped.
“I worked tirelessly from 5am until 10pm every day for weeks trying to make this place perfect for my daughter and her friends.”
Despite Kandy Girl being very pink and typically ‘girly’, Rachel welcomes both boys and girls to attend the salon.
Rachel said: “We don’t discriminate, anyone can be pampered – whether they’re a boy or a girl.
“We also allow daughters to come and be pampered with their fathers with our ‘Daddy and Me’ package.”