Your child finally gets hair. So you need to cut it! What's a parent to do? Here are some thoughts from this modest blogette.
This is where all the buzz is for us parents. Peek-a-Doo, located over by Southpoint Mall, is a fantastic business idea: a salon that caters to children. This means the seats and chairs are little airplanes or cars or boats. You can even have your child watch a movie while they get their haircut. (I know, seems a little lazy but I have to say that my dear friend and I discovered that the Muppets' Bohemian Rhapsody http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY&feature=related is a huge hit and, when put on repeat, can keep our little ones transfixed for a long time. This is nice when there are sharp cutting instruments near their ears.)
Peek-a-Doo is a cute atmosphere, and can keep the little ones entertained enough to make hair cutting feel like a fun adventure.
But, there are some negatives about this place you should be aware of.
First, it isn't cheap. They are unique, and they charge as such. Minimum of $20 for a cut regardless of age. They also offer rates and packages for pictures. Meaning that they shoot some film, and then at the end you can pay to purchase the pictures. If you forget your camera, or simply can't get a good shot, this is a great option. Again, though, you have to be prepared to pay.
Second, costumer service is hit or miss. Some of the stylists are great, some are not. Not giving any names here, but just pay attention when you go to who you like, and then request them by name in future appointments.
Third, and this is a safety issue, no straps in the children chairs. This means that if you have a toddler who can't sit still, they can easily fly right out of their little plane. One mommy I know had this happen to her son, and he has some battlewounds to show for it. They still give you the option, like many salons, to have your child sit in your lap. Or you can go for the cute seats and chairs, just be prepared for the squirming and wiggling.
Peek-a-Doo also sells toys in the store. Which, if bribery works best (and let's face it, sometimes bribes are the only thing that work!), you can have rewards right there. Of course, that adds to your total price. And, of course, kids can stand at the wall of toys for sale and scream "I want it" for awhile, possibly adding to your overall stress level. But that happens in Target, too, so I am sure you have found a way to deal with that issue!
Overall, it's a great idea. Unique, pricey, but worth it for the experience it offers. Be wary of the lack of straps in the seats if you go with a little one!
By the way, they do offer adult cuts too. Not sure you could fit in the little boat, but doesn't hurt to try! And if you do try please, please send me pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With multiple locations in the immediate Chapel Hill and Carrboro area, this chain advertises that they do, indeed, offer haircuts for children under 1o. No appointment needed. Only $9 for a cut. These stylists are not "trained" in cutting kids' hair, but when I called over they said they would work with parents to get the trim done.
Syd's Hair Shop
One of the most popular places to go in Chapel Hill, I called over there to see what they can do for wee ones. They said it is the same price as an adult haircut ($35) and they "don't do screaming, crying kids." Don't blame them.
JJ's Kids Cuts
Too far afield for this Chapel Hill mom as it is out in North Ridge Shopping Center. But for those of you closer to the Raleigh end of life, I include the website. I haven't heard any reviews, but I know it's there and caters to kids.
Have a friend that cuts hair? Trust that friend (hope so!)? See if they will do your little one. Seems obvious, but I didn't think of it until someone recommended it to me. It ended up being a fantastic idea, and my friend, Dani (who cuts at Mitchell's in Southpoint Mall, plug plug), cut C in a pleasant, easy manner while he was in a high chair, eating the comb, and watching some Muppets.