Kids Cuts: Haircutting Salons for Boys and Girls in Brooklyn
Many parents hold off on the first haircut in order to prolong that glorious baby hair, but eventually it's time to get the kid a proper haircut. Brooklyn being baby central, there is no shortage of kiddie hair salons in the hood. These salons generally marry the vibe of an upscale salon with Santa's Workshop, packing toys and candy into every inch not dedicated to scissors and hair products. So, pack up your lil' hipster and head out to one of these cutters. Just make sure to carry extra money for a post-cut treat.
152 Atlantic Avenue
This salon is of the toy store/barber shop hybrid. Find your way through the valley of the toys to the hair salon in back, where children can get snipped. This salon offers discounts for siblings (10 percent) and twins (50 percent) plus every tenth haircut (for all kids in family) is free and the birthday club gets you a free haircut during your birthday month. Just in case the array of high-end toys isn't enough of a lure, the shop also hosts story times, arts and crafts and puppet shows to pull in customers. A full schedule is available online.
This venue has closed.
This super-girly “kids spa” offers reasonable prices on haircuts and bangs trims. They'll also flat iron or curl your kids' hair and do nails and make-up to boot. Three citrus colored barber chairs sit right in front of a flat-screen, so clients can watch the Little Mermaid while getting a honey facial. Moms can drop their daughters off for services while shopping in the area and the place even hosts parties for up to eight girls.
Area Kicks & Cuts
274 Smith Street
This neighborhood toy shop has a front window barber's chair, where star stylist “Carole,” offers cuts on weekends. Carole was voted best kids hair stylist by New York Magazine in 2006 and 2008, but expect to pay for her expertise. She's one of the most expensive we found.
If I Were a Toy...
369 Court Street
Formerly Giggles and Green, this toy shop has also added a stylist, Margret, late of LuLu's in Park Slope. Make an appointment with her on Tuesdays, Saturdays or Sundays. You can get kids' haircuts, trims and even 'dos for adults. The space also hosts a variety of classes, a full schedule is posted online.
Emilia's Downtown Studio
540 President Street, Loft 1E
If you're looking for a place for a simple haircut, this is it. Emelia's is an old-school ladies salon with a room in back with the same fun fire engine and race car shaped chairs for kids, plus a TV and toys. Don't expect the stylist to know how to cut a “Justin Bieber.” My kid always comes out looking like a little Catholic school boy—neat, clean and unobjectionable.
LuLu's Cuts and Toys
48 5th Avenue
Lulu's, a two-time parents favorite in Time Out New York, bills itself as “Brooklyn's # 1 Hair Cutting Establishment and Toy Gallery.” The hair dressers here are fast, friendly and meticulous. You'll find a variety of toys here, along with a train table for tots and personal TV screens. Babies in for their first cut will get a certificate commemorating the event, as well as a lock of their hair for posterity. All ages get a balloon and lollipop upon departure, and maybe a parting prize from the toy shop, if mom is feeling generous.
Area Kicks & Cuts
335 5th Avenue
Another location of the local chain.
This venue has closed
This posh salon focuses on girls 8- to 18-years-old. The owners opened the salon in Park Slope because of the neighborhood's diversity, and aim to serve a multi-ethnic clientele. In addition to hair, the locale offers manicures, pedicures a lounge and snack bar.