Getting the first haircut is a big milestone moment. Will you excitedly cut off those baby locks as soon as possible in favor of a more refined 'do? Mark it with the first birthday? Or even wait until they are old enough to tell you that they demand a haircut. Whatever your choice of timing, when you are finally ready to make the appointment, you want to make the experience a positive one. You might want to start with asking if your stylist does child haircuts, especially if you have a good relationship. But if that's not in the cards, there are plenty of choices in Philadelphia.
A favorite of Fairmount-area parents, Beehive offers a great cut at a reasonable price.
Ask for Lindy May, a mother of young girls, who is known for having great patience with little ones.
If you live in the neighborhood, you probably already frequent HK for your styling needs. When it comes to kids cuts, moms recommend you ask for the owner Holly, who is great with kids and gives excellent cuts!
Specializing in children's haircuts, this place is the quintessential kids-salon, with chairs in the shapes of animals or cars. Baby's first haircut includes a certificate and lock of hair.
Kids Kuts Hair Salon
With adorable animal shaped seats for kids to ride on while they get their hair cut, this salon is perfect for little ones. Check out their website for a coupon for $2 off baby's first cut.
This super cool playspace also has a kids' salon
! Each first haircut receives a personalized certificate with a lock of baby’s hair for your keepsakes album. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.
This hair salon also doubles as a kids' store, so if the thrill of a fresh cut isn't enough to lure them, perhaps you can tempt your kid with rewards for good behavior.
Local parents swear by this kid-friendly salon with a punk rock heart of gold.
This place is all about the kids, with a huge playspace for toys while you wait for your turn. Another bonus is the site has a reputation for working with special needs kids, a recognized business from Autism Speaks.
You may have gotten your own hair cut at Fringe. If you're looking for a funkier cut for your little one, this is the place. Plus, they might get a visit from Fringe's resident cat, Uli.
Here are a few quick tips to make the trip a special one:
- Bring a camera for before and after photos.
- Prepare your child a few days in advance and build up the moment as something great, give as many details as possible.
- Consider caving on your screen-time restrictions, and play a video for your child that might help them sit still.
- Bring a change of clothes, trimmed hair can irritate your baby's skin.
- Book the cut for a time that best suits your little-one's schedule.
- Let your child bring a toy or lovey from home for comfort.
Photo courtesy of Wiggle Worms.