8 things to look for when booking a spa birthday party for your child

By Laura and Josie Cannone

SPA PARTIES AND DRESS UP companies and places for little girls have been all the rage over the past eight years. I would consider Glama Gals experts in the field, as we are the original pioneers of this concept. We actually created the term “ Tween Spa”. It is important that parents realize that while one company maybe cheaper than another, they may be cutting corners in order to be “cheap”. Those cutting of the corners can, in essence, put your child’s safety at risk.

Based on our expertise in this field and having opened nine successful Glama Gal Tween Spa and party places to-date, we have gathered knowledge on what to look for when booking a spa party. I would also like to point that over the past two years, I have tried to work with local health boards to legislate mobile spa party services that come to your home and have not been successful. I hope this blog post will bring this to their attention so that they are inspected as much as brick and mortar spas are.

1. If you found and ad on kijiji for a spa party company that comes to your home on kijiji and  they have a gmail, hotmail etc. email address and no website. Who are you letting in your home? Are they recommended?

2. If they have a website and look a bit professional and are asking you for a cash or e-mail money transfer for payment or deposit. What if they cancel? How will you get your deposit back? All you have is their e-mail address and cellphone number. Also all they accept is cash and you don’t get a formal receipt… chances are they aren’t reporting their sales to the government. From one taxpayer to another that is NOT KOSHER.

3. Do they have a brick and mortar facility or are they travelling house to house? If they don’t have a location, they are not being health inspected. Which brings me to my next question: How are those manicure bowls and pedicure bowls being sanitized? What about the robes they are putting on your child and their friends? If they aren’t being inspected, chances are they aren’t following proper health procedures. They probably don’t even know the rules and procedure to follow. After all, who’s there to legislate it?

4. If you are going to a brick and mortar facility that offers spa parties, look for a local health department pass on the front door. If they don’t have it chances are they have never been inspected.

5. If your child is going to a spa party, make sure that all items used on them are one-time use and disposed of: nail files, make-up applicators and brushes. While this an expense for a business and this is why Glama Gal Spa Parties are a bit pricier than other companies. This is the only way we ensure there is no contamination and that your child’s health is our first priority.

6. Ask about the products they are using on your child during a spa party. Are they using all-natural nail polish that is 5-free—meaning no dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. The last thing you want to have on your child and her friends’ nails is a dollar store no name brand of nail polish.

7. If they are using robes on your child, ask how they are washed and if they are washed after each use. Glama Gals has hundreds of robes at each location to ensure robes are never re-used and washed after each use.

8. Look for reviews, testimonials etc. on the company’s Facebook page. You know those are coming from real people. We can all slap a whole bunch of great reviews on our website. Facebook is great as you can see they are coming from real people. Chances are they have put a pic or two up as well! Another great tool is Instagram—insert the name of the company in a search and see what pops up. Chances are you will see a whole bunch of pictures
from parents and children that have used their services. The saying is true—you get what you pay for. Make the safe and right decision. ■

For more information contact: GlamaGals Spa at info@glamagalparty.com