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Kimora, 8, inspires mum's salon fit for a princess

PRETTY IN PINK: Rachel Powell, right, wanted to give youngsters the opportunity to get a taste of adult relaxation

A BEAUTY therapist has opened a new spa with a difference – the first in the country solely for children.

Kandy Girl, based in Kingstanding, Birmingham has been opened to help children to relax. Owner Rachel Powell’s range of treatments for children between the ages of three and 16 includes facials, back and foot massages, manicures and pedicures.

There’s even an on-site hot tub for those over the age of 10 to relax in while sipping a glass of non-alcoholic champagne from a bubblegum pink champagne flute. And the mother- of-four says she was inspired to pay for 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 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.”

LUXURIOUS: Inside the salon is bursting with colour.

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’s 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 is a young entrepreneur. The salon was all her idea, but I just paid for it by putting aside money from my wages each month.

"Kimora is a mini princess herself, and there are so many others out there who are princesses – but there has 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 diamante and bright pink thrones for the pint-sized clientele to sit on while having their feet rubbed.

She 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 from 5am until 10pm by spreading my time working for my paid employer and our new salon. I did this 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 concluded: “We don’t discriminate – anyone can be pampered regardless of their gender. We also allow daughters to come and be pampered with their fathers with our ‘Daddy and Me’ package.

“I’m not encouraging young kids to grow up before their time as everything we do is child-friendly, it’s all just a little bit of fun.”

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