How does a little person who lives off fruit snacks and bunny crackers get hair that grows faster than the line at Sprinkles? Yes, it’s time to get kiddo’s hair cut. But if taking your little wiggle monster to your own stylist will have you blacklisted for life, have no fear. We direct you to some of the best DMV salons that are designed for kids.
The Yellow Balloon
From first haircuts to first fancy updos, The Yellow Balloon specializes in all manners of kid grooming. And they do it with a keen eye for detail–the waiting area has toys, reading books, coloring books and fun rides; each styling station is outfitted with a TV; and little ones score a lollipop and a yellow balloon after hairstyling. Kiddo won’t want to leave.
255 Market St. West (Gaithersburg, Md)
Classes, games, sports, fun and haircuts?! Kidville Bethesda really does have it all. Book online to get your little wiggle worm ready for the first day of school sans tears (at least not about his hair being trimmed). Prices are ridiculously reasonable ($22 for a cut) plus a discount for members. Services include a bang trim, full cut, and even a matching kid/doll updo. Kids can sit in airplanes, suck on a lollipop and watch tv while they’re getting beautified. Tip: We hear Chrissy is in particular demand, and super patient with even the squirmiest of worms.
4825 Bethesda Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
With its whimsical décor, including Ariel and all of her friends from A Little Mermaid, super speedster Lightening McQueen, Wonder Woman and more, Kids Paradise is exactly that…a kids paradise! Little ones will be fascinated with the ocean floor, complete with King Triton, personal stools, and tons of books and toys to play with during their visit. Bonus? The whole family can go so Mom, Dad, Junior and the Babe can all get their hair done together. Tip: Looking for cornrows, beads, braiding or other fancy stuff? Yvette (the owner) is the bomb.com.
1215 Brentwood Rd., NE (Brentwood)
Just like the name suggests, this hair space offers something for everyone in your brood. From highlights for mom and beard trims for dad, to bang snips and conditioning treatments for the littlest patrons. When other salons recommend leaving non-serviced kiddos at home, Salon Familia’s motto seems to be, “the more the merrier.” The salon was designed with hidden play areas filled with toys, books and games to keep kids out of everyone’s hair (wink-wink). P.S. Ask for Kim or Nini—we hear they are the best!
3817 Livingston St. NW (Chevy Chase)
Pigtails & Crewcuts
Think your kid is the only one to use their craft scissors to chop off a good three inches on one side of their head or get gum stuck at the root? The scissor-wielding stylists at this new spot have seen and heard it all. Just ask them about their disaster relief plans (hint: it’s all about hiding the kid-tastrophy with strategically placed layers). That Flock of Seagulls ‘do your three-year-old is sporting will seem insignificant in comparison. Handling all your hair needs, the crew at this Rockville location is as savvy (and sweet) as they come.
107B Gibbs St. (Rockville, Md)
Bravado Hair Design Kid’s Salon
Located just above the grown-ups salon, Bravado Kids caters completely to the younger set. While you’re getting gussied up, kiddo can get a cut, trim, or deep conditioning treatment–all while watching TV on a personal set, doing a puzzle or just chillaxing in a racecar seat.
655 C St., S.E. (Capitol Hill)
This hotspot doesn’t just cater to the over-35 NASCAR fanatic or Nationals loving grown-up; it takes rookies, too. It’s a sports-themed franchise with guy-smart stylists who will make your boy feel super-cool. Got extra time? Take in a bit of the ‘Skins game after a quick trim. Time-crunched parents will be happy with speed-racer service. Tip: “Lil Jess” is amazing with both clippers and scissors if your little dude needs some clipping in the back, and shaping on top.
11224 James Swart Cir. (Fairfax, Va)
B.R.A.T. Box Kids
Standing for Babies Receiving Attention Too, kiddos are numero uno at B.R.A.T. Older ones can take on the Wii or Play Station games, while little ones can read books, color, or play board games. Little Princesses get dressed up in a gown before they get their hair done, so they know they’ll look like a fairy tale at the end. They even have a stock of kid-friendly DVDs and stuffed animals to distract little ones who aren’t quite sure about the whole salon experience. Dad and Mom can take advantage of the Adult Den, where stylists are at the ready to make the King and Queen look like a million bucks too. Tip: Take the whole family at once, and be in and out faster than the kids can say “I’m bored!”
3652 St. Barnabas Rd. (Suitland, Md)
Iconz for Kids
Iconz for Kids’ stylists specialize in all hair types, from super fine to super curly. Ages 3-13 are welcome at this salon where braids, twists and extensions are second nature. Just in case you are in doubt, they have Meekness Monday and Temperance Tuesday discounts for all the frazzled parents with built in videos, puzzles, books and coloring activities to pacify even the most anxious toddler. Bonus: Barbers here are great at adding in special flair to your boy’s buzz cut, like a star or special design.
7580 Annapolis Rd. (Lanham, Md)
Ellie the Elephant is just waiting to spray down your little one and get her haircut up to snuff for the first day of school. Cartoon Cuts says “that’s all folks” to the family hair woes because not only can Junior come for his do, but Mom and Dad can get their coiffe perfected as well. They can host parties, braid till their hearts are content, fix damaged swimmers hair, and even give your little one some scalp therapy if he’s been a little itchy lately. Tip: Ask for Munaza or Myrna—they’re the kiddos’ favs!
11784 Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, Va)
Where do you get your kid’s hair cut? Let us know in the comments section below.
—Hilary Riedemann and Victoria Mason
Photos courtesy of Sports Clips, Iconz for Kids via Facebook, Pigtails and Crewcuts, nobel_nme via Flickr, Kisha H. via Yelp