For a while, you can get by with a snip here or a cut there. As baby gets older, you might even grab a bowl out of the cabinet and opt for the aptly named bowl cut. Eventually, though, your precious bundle of joy will likely need a trained professional to trim and tame those lovely locks. Here are our picks for the best kids’ haircuts in the city. By Jessica Allen.
Cozy’s Cuts for Kids
1416 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10021
For more than 20 years, Cozy’s Cuts for Kids has trimmed, tousled, and twirled all types of hair—some 1 million haircuts in all. Along with services like bang trims and baby’s first haircut, Cozy’s offers special event styling, classes in hair-braiding, and even ear-piercing. Both locations — one on the Upper East Side, one on the Upper West Side —are absolutely and utterly kid-friendly, with video games and DVDs to watch, toys to play with, and even car “chairs” to sit in. The salon also has a line of products made for kids, so you can make sure that cut stays great after you get home.
11 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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The philosophy at Doodle Doo’s goes something like this: haircuts are more than just haircuts — they’re an opportunity for a fun, unique experience. Kids get to select where to receive a trim: in a car, a taxi, or a boat. If it’s the kid’s very first haircut, she or he will receive a special certificate, along with a lock of hair perfect for sticking into the baby book. Post-haircut, you and your tot can shop a huge selection of toys, clothes, hair products, and hair accessories. For a truly fun birthday, opt for the Glamour Girls party, at which young guests will receive manicures, makeovers, and tailored, one-of-a-kind hairstyles.
568 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
One of the things we love most about Edamama is the special Mommy & Me or Daddy & Me packages, where you and your child can get pampered together at this Brooklyn salon. It’s a great way to bond while getting beautiful. We also love the on-site play space, their weekly activities and classes, their bookstore stocked with award-winning books for the little ones, and their comfy beverage bar, where you can hang out while your kid gets a haircut
240 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Rockin’ Locks, of Brooklyn, is where “Rockin’ kids” get “Rockin’ cuts.” This frill-free salon puts the focus on kids—and its devoted following raves not only about their haircuts, but also about their speed. Moms and Dads can get a quick trim there, too. Oh, and while no one likes to talk or even think about it, we should mention that Rockin’ Locks also offers treatment for nits and lice.
20-06 Utopia Parkway
Whitestone, NY 11357
Utopia Barbershop lives up to its name, as far as kids and their dads are concerned. Here, men can sit in traditional chairs for a cut, shave, or shape up, while their offspring get styled in a distinct “kids zone,” complete with video games and cartoon characters. The owner—a third-generation barber—has a particular focus on children with special needs, and this Queens establishment has become known for the care and sensitivity with which it treats these kids. The atmosphere for everyone is friendly, fun, and conversational — with barbers singing, counting, and kibitzing with every kid who comes in.
Jessica Allen is a New York-based writer.