Baller backpack? Check. Apple for teach? Check. New haircut? Ahem, new haircut? No worries. When it come to getting your tikes ready for the new school year, we’ve got you covered – starting with the hottest salons in town where trendy tots can get a trim.
The Yellow Balloon
If there’s one salon that’s synonymous with childhood in LA, it’s The Yellow Balloon. In fact, many Angeleno parents who grew up getting their hair cut at this cheery shop, now take in their own kiddos for a little snippety-snip. Pinball machines, video games, balloons and Disney flicks playing on TV make tots feel more like they’ve entered wonderland than a neighborhood hair shop. But most importantly, your babe’s hair is in great hands. From timid first timers to tikes with ants in their pants, stylists have tons of experience working with all types of kiddos, including those with special needs. And there isn’t any hair they can’t handle. So bring on your corn rows, extensions, or a tired do that just needs a refresh – they’ve got you covered.
Snip Tip: Be sure to check out The Yellow Balloon site for current discount coupons.
12448 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Little Rockstar Children’s Salon
You’re never too young to drive a Ferrari, and Little Rockstar Children’s Salon gives kiddos the chance to take a spin. Okay, in a barber chair that looks like one anyway. Created with loads of imagination, this valley shop gives pint-sized patrons a taste of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle while they get a rad new do. Kids can chill in a Mercedes G Wagon, airplane, Hummer and more as experienced stylists deliver trendsetting cuts that even Jagger and Joplin would envy. The salon also offers munchkins the opportunity to get a mani/pedi in oversized butterfly chairs if they so desire. And who could turn that down?
13712 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
Designed with whimsical vintage flair, Bubble Cuts’ squeaky clean and inviting atmosphere transports customers back to a simpler time, instantly putting kiddos (and their nervous Nellie parents) at ease. Tots sit inside special fire engines, cop cars and Cali cool convertibles while getting their hair cut to perfection. Cartoons play on nearby TVs – keeping the squirmiest toddlers occupado while they’re in the chair. Stylists and salon staff are uber-friendly and pride themselves in staying up to date on current trends, styles and beauty products for wee ones. (And they give such cool cuts that we know more than one mom who made the switch to also getting her hair cut here!)
5054 1/2 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock
Cutting kiddos’ coifs in the 90210 for over 40 years, Tipperary consistently proves to be one of the hottest salons in town for the small fry set. With stylists who can do just about anything from braids to blowouts to chlorine removal and cuts that ooze LA cool, your little one will be fantastic hands. And the fact that they’re friendly as all get out, doesn’t hurt either. Tots (and parents) will geek out over old school video games while you wait and can choose from a wide variety of the latest kid-friendly hair products on your way out the door.
9422 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills
Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
No boring old bowl cuts here, folks. Floyd’s 99 Barbershop caters to big and little rockers alike who are craving edgier, cooler-than-cool cuts and color. Floyd’s crazy talented stylists are equally adept working with tots as they are with parents so you can both get a snip at the same time (read: you just got your afternoon back). With several locations from Hollywood to the Westside to the Valley, it’s easier than ever to find a shop in your hood. Kids’ cuts are super affordable too at around just $19 per noggin.Online: floydsbarbershop.com
There are so many fab kid salons in So Cal. If we left your fave out, give us a shout about why you love it so!
– Jennifer O’Brien