Here’s Why Children’s Salons Ease Haircut Fears

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Getting a trim doesn't have to be scary or hard on either of you. Make it fun by going to a children's salon!

He’s kicking and screaming. Not because you won’t let him have candy or a new toy. Not because he doesn’t want to eat what you’ve fixed him to eat. Nope. It’s because it’s time for a haircut. Yep. The dreaded sound of snipping scissors and whirring buzzers scare the daylights out of him. However, school’s back in session and that summer mop of his has got to go! So, something’s gotta give. Time to head to a children’s salon … pronto!

When Megan Ladd of Pigtails and Crewcuts in Murfreesboro comes face-to-face with a kid who fears haircuts, she shows him the tools. That’s kind of what it’s like when you take your child to a salon that caters to just children, too. A little talk about the tools they use and how they work usually does the trick for most kids. “We talk to the parents and ask them to bring him in to get acquainted to the sounds of the salon, and bring him in to play with us so that it’s not so new to him if he’s really scared,” says Ladd. “We give them treats like Dum Dums and animal crackers, too.” But it’s not just the boys who fear the buzzing sounds of the cutters. Girls don’t like to lose any length of hair either!

“They want Rapunzel hair,” says Ladd. “I tell them that in order for it to grow longer, we have to cut a little bit off to make sure all the veggies that you’re eating make the right parts grow, and just not trying to fix the end pieces.” Now that’s a new way to get kids to eat their veggies! And, when it comes to style, the parents are usually ready to tell you what they want — 95 percent of the time says Ladd. She says picking a style is easy, too. All parents really do is check out the books in the salon or find stuff on Pinterest. Once a style is chosen, discuss it with the stylist to see if it’s good for your child’s face shape and hair type. Then it’s cuttin’ time!

Is your child ready for a trim … or may an all new style? Here’s where to go:

Local Salons Just for Kids

790 Jordan Road, Franklin

Giggles & Glam Salon
300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. D200, Hendersonville

Pigtails and Crewcuts
2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 1500, Murfreesboro

Kidz Kutz Plus
333 Sam Ridley Pkwy. West, Smyrna



Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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