Oh, the trauma of the first haircut. The tears, the screaming, the stranger holding scissors near the head of your precious child—and then you have to pull out the wallet and actually pay for all of this. Well, thanks to the growth of modern-day “kids salons”, the first—and second and third—haircuts can actually be a fun experience. CBS New York has picked its favorite kid-friendly salons that do a fantastic job of reducing the drama of the ‘do.
10 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Apple Seeds is a 15,000-square-foot area named New York Magazine’s Best Playspace of 2008. The Best Playspace’s best-kept secret is their hair salon, where kids get their locks chopped while sitting in mini-retro convertibles and watching DVDs on their own individual 15-inch flat screen TVs. Nice little extras include first-time haircut certificates and a “buy one haircut, get the second one half off’ for twins (the two mom owners of “apple seeds” each have a set of twins).
11 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
Doodle Doos in the West Village is known for its excellent haircuts and its excellent distractions—toys, assistants blowing bubbles, and old-fashioned wooden boats and cars to sit in. They also host birthday parties with a variety of themes, including their signature “Glamour Girls” bash, where every guest gets make-up, a new hairstyle and a manicure.
490 West 238th St.
Bronx, NY 10463
Someplace Special in the Bronx is aptly named—owner Suzanne worked at the Board of Education in a program for autistic children and is a champ at helping kids with special needs have a fun, non-traumatic experience getting their hair cut. She’s even been known to follow a child around as he plays at the Thomas the Train table, snipping a bit here and there. “Someplace Special”
Lulu’s Cuts and Toys
48 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Lulu’s Cuts and Toys in Brooklyn is named for owner Brigitte Prat’s daughter Lulu and deserves its dual title—parents visit for the toy store as much as the great haircuts. Moms thrive on being able to multi-task and we love that while our child is getting his hair cut, we can buy a birthday gift. Big plus—all of the stylists have years of experience with kids cuts.
7216 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
4104 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
They don’t mess around in Queens. No fancy expensive hair salons for children, but if your objective is to find a decent, quick, inexpensive cut with no distractions and (please!) no toys, Supercuts is the kiddie salon for you. No, they won’t be sitting in a convertible or watching DVDs, but they will get a haircut that costs $10. That sounds good to us.
Shari Simpson is a blogger with Mom in the City.