Things looking a bit shaggy around the house? Summer will do that to a kid, and there’s no time like back-to-school season to clean things up, up top. NYC is home to scores of salons catering to the kid set, with fun features like chairs the shape of cars (and much more) as well as bells and whistles like a full inventory of cool toys, coffee and pastries for sale, etc. Baby’s first haircut? Most places know you want a certificate and souvenir lock of hair. Read on to find your spot for your kid’s next cool cut!
photo: via LuLu’s Cuts and Toys Facebook page
LuLu’s Cuts and Toys
This popular Park Slope standby just celebrated its 15th anniversary, and can spiff up your tot with a classic John John Kennedy haircut, fauxhawk, stylish bob or rock n’ roll shag. (With a shiny new toy on the side, no less.) The salon is home to a variety of stylists who have been at LuLu’s for over 13 years — and working with kids for over 20. LuLu’s cuts and toys is also known for its Mom/Dad and Child Haircut Special.
48 5th Ave.
photo: Edamama Cute Cuts and More via Yelp
Edamama Cute Cuts and More
The brainchild of a former ad exec (the eponymous “Eda”), this salon for kids with an under-the-sea-theme also serves as a happening neighborhood hotspot. For cuts, kids can choose the maritime-inspired station they like best (The Octopus, The Mermaid, The Submarine or the Shark) and enjoy a video while they get trimmed and styled. Meanwhile, parents can grab a hot or cold drink (D’Amico’s brewed here) and a pastry from bakery Bien Cuit. Also on site, a selection of best-selling and award-winning kids’ books that are a cut above and fun toys. Wait, there’s more: a full menu of events throughout the week, including storytimes, open play, Mommy & Me yoga, performances by local group Puppetsburg, as well as a meetup up of mompreneurs and some early morning chillout time for moms and babies. Oh, and they do birthday parties too. (Can we move in?)
Eda Mama Cute Cuts & More
568 Union Ave.
Runnin Wild Toys
Don’t let the name fool you, this Carroll Gardens toy store (not to be confused with Runnin Wild Shoes down the street) is also a popular spot for trimming tresses. Resident stylist Margaret has been cutting hair in the ‘hood for years, seeing many kids grow from babes to big kids. While there’s no tricked-out chair here, a selection of videos (Frozen screens often), cute barrettes and lollipop rewards — as well as quality cuts— are. Note: Cuts happen Tuesdays, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Runnin Wild Toys
369 Court St.
photo: Cozy’s Cuts for Kids
Founded by New Yorker Cozy Friedman, Cozy’s Cuts — which has an Upper East Side and an Upper West Side location–just celebrated its 20 year anniversary and one millionth haircut! At Cozy’s, experienced and patient stylists have all the distractions your child needs to get a fantastic haircut: car styling chairs, the latest videos at each station, along with an awesome collection of DVDs, bubbles galore, video games and toys. Chock full of personality, Cozy’s is super cute inside and employs yummy-scented shampoos, conditioners and detanglers that are also available for purchase. Kids also get a free lollipop, balloon and goody basket to take away after their cut!
448 Amsterdam Ave.
Upper West Side
1416 Second Ave.
Upper East Side
photo: Rob P. via Yelp
My Little Sunshine
Attention multi-taskers: You can get a lot done at this clothing store/toy store/salon. Both locations — in Chelsea and Tribeca — offer haircuts in a zippy, cool red airplane chair in the back of the shop. Denni and Patty are the shop’s hairstylists and part of the My Little Sunshine Family. They both have worked with kids for over 20 years in New York City as well as in Miami and have a loyal fanbase of local clients they’ve bonded with over the years. This shop doesn’t use electronics to entertain kids (unless mom brings a gadget herself for child to use ) and encourages friendly banter with young clients as the kiddies “fly” around next to a large U.S. map. All haircuts are topped off with a lollipop.
177 Ninth Avenue
145 Hudson St.
photo: Milk & Cookies Kids Salon and Spa
Milk & Cookies Kids Salon and Spa
Trained and skilled employees at this literally sweet salon understand that some kids are scissor-scared and have great tactics to distract them and ease their little nerves. The kiddie salon and spa carries fun-smelling beauty products and offers an entertainment experience while the kids are waiting for their service; clients can watch their favorite t.v. show or movie on a tablet or play video games. Hairstylists make the smallest of guests feel comfortable by placing them in modern, comfortable Bloom high chairs, and after each service every customer visits the Cookie Cafe to enjoy a freshly-baked cookie and a cup of flavored milk.
1196 First Ave.
Upper East Side
photo: Sharkeys K. via Yelp
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
At Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids — a franchise children’s salon with a Manhattan location — stylists know that kids and parents want something fun when it comes to haircut time. Kids can choose from a large selection of novelty salon chairs (Dodge Police Cruiser, Barbie Jeep, Lightning McQueen Race Car, Buzz Light Year Vehicle, Hummer and a Mini Cooper are just some of the options) and then settle in to watch their favorite cartoons or Netflix. Sharkey’s also sells its own line of shampoos and other hair care products, and hosts “Glamour Girl” birthday parties as well.
1359 2nd Ave.
Upper East Side
photo: Steve 3000
Barbershop Steve 3000
While the Whitestone location of this shop caters to adults, the Bayside outpost of Steve 3000 is haircut heaven for little dudes and dames. Superheroes and cartoon characters decorate the walls, along with family-friendly movies on large screens that kids can watch as they sit in one of six fun stations that include a plane, train, car and others. Kids can play video games in a special section of the salon before or after their haircut and the shop also sells little toys and cool T-shirts. Young clients get lollipops as sweets as experienced barbers snip away, and first-timers get a certificate congratulating them on their first hair cut. On the other side of the salon, adults can get a haircut or shaping, so it’s a one-stop-shop for mom, dad and kid.
196 Northern Blvd.
photo: Smiles N Styles
Smiles N Styles
At this Queens salon and party center, kids ages 1-5 get to drive a police car, fire truck, Lightning McQueen from the cartoon “Cars” or a pink Princess Jeep while getting a haircut. To sweeten the deal, tiny clients can choose from a full menu of cartoons, Disney favorites and more to watch while they are styled. Kids who get their first time haircut with Smiles and Styles can get a diploma for their outstanding bravery during the 1st haircut, which includes a photo and a lock of hair attached to the laminated document (it will set you back $5.) Older kids who have outgrown Elmo have a choice of playing Nintendo WII, Xbox 360 or PS3 on a 42-inch plasma television as they get a cut. Smiles and Styles is also a party center, so when there are no celebrations booked, the huge party room with free video arcade and disco lights is used as a waiting room for kids and adults.
951 Wyckoff Ave.
photo: Utopia Barbershop
Just two years old, this warm and friendly barber shop specializes in haircuts for kids of all ages, those special needs and men. Founded by longtime barber Ray Khaimov (whose wife is an educator of children with special needs) the shop’s motto is: “There’s no child we can’t handle.” In fact, Ray and his team use special “quiet” scissors that don’t make noise to keep little customers wary of that “snip” sound at ease. Khaimov trains his barbers to work on all children, and the shop is equipped with an Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii for the kids to play with while they wait. This is an ideal shop for dads as well; it’s a great place for father and son bonding and for them to get their haircuts together. For siblings, or kids waiting for dad to finish up, the shop has a “Kids Zone” area where they can watch TV or play video games.
20-6 Utopia Pkwy.
Where do you go to get the little locks trimmed? Tell us in the comments below!
— Rachel Sokol