May 26, 2014 4:30 pm

Spa for teens teaches anti-bullying techniques amid pampering

TORONTO -  At Glama Gal Spa co-owners and sisters Josie and Laura Cannone combined their skills of aesthetics and teaching with their passion for making young girls feel beautiful.

The Cannone sisters have opened six spas since 2008 and cater to girls from the ages of eight to 12.

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“GLAMA stands for Girls Leading And Motivating All together,” said Laura Cannone. “We provide spa birthday parties, tween spa services, day camps, self esteem programs all for girls and we really guide them in teaching them how to be confident positive and unique.”

The spa also offers mother-daughter bonding sessions that impact them just as much as the girls.

“At first it was all glitz and glamour but after the first time being here, my daughter was literally transformed,” said Patricia Curto, mother of Bella Curto who both frequent the spa.

The spa is painted with positive quotes and a “Glama Gal Oath” which the girls take together.

“I like Glama Gals because it’s not just a spa about getting facials or your nails done. It teaches you about self-confidence. To be your self and to always be positive and never give up on your dreams,” said Bella Curto.

The spa has helped Laura Cannone face her past.

“One of my bullies actually came and had their daughter’s party at Glama Gals,” Laura Cannone said. “I wanted to give her daughter a great experience. Somebody would probably think no! but I was just like thank you. Thank you for doing what you did so I could help other people.”

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