Your child’s first haircut is a special experience. So make sure it doesn’t lead to tears. There are plenty of places in Portland that are made just for the younger set. With experienced hairdressers and barbers who know how to make your child’s first hair cut fun, these local businesses just might become your kiddo’s favorite place to visit.Take a scroll through these kid-centric Portland Metro salons and find the best spot for your tot!
photo: Evelyn Cirignotta
Pigtails and Crewcuts
Pigtails & Crewcuts specializes in cuteification. Here you’ll find smiling staff that work specifically with kids! It’s a stress free and clean environment that will keep your kids engaged. If you are coming in for your child’s first haircut they offer a special package just for you! Kids receive a souvenir card with their name, the date of the haircut, a lock of hair, and a photo to take home. The littles may enjoy picking a vehicle shaped chair while the older ones may prefer a professional style salon chair. They also have a wide selection of books, videos, toys, and a special wooden table to keep the kids entertained. If you’re also shopping for birthday party gifts they offer a variety of treasures such as bubble baths, nail polish, toys, and hair accessories. It’s a colorful and fun experience for everyone.
2219 NW Allie Ave.
This delightful salon was started by a mom of young children. Come in and be greeted with a waiting area filled with playhouses, books, coloring books & crayons, a pretend kitchen with food & cooking supplies, and so much more! Lil’ Snippers Hair Care 4 Kids is located in Vancouver, Wa and is filled with knowledgeable professional staff that love working with kids. They have services like fairy dust sparkles, wash out color spray, stickers, and creative hair styling. Styling stations are equipped with hot wheel cars that have working buttons and horns. They have also partnered with Locks of Love a non-profit organization, and happily offer haircuts free of charge to anyone who is willing and able to donate at least 10 inches of hair!
3000 SE 164th Ave ste 103
photo: John Mayer via flickr
Gwyn is the brilliant stylist behind PengwynKids. She knows how to make kids feel safe and welcome in her salon. Gwyn is exceptionally gifted working with kids who have special needs. Not only will your child get a great cut and style, they’ll undoubtedly also have a fantastic time doing it. Kids have options of touching up the final style with hair bands, ribbons, barrettes, glitter, or color.
1536 NE 8th St (in the Sunrise Salon)
photo: Imelda via flickr
Kid’s Castle Cuts
Once you enter this castle you can expect to encounter toy chests, trains, trucks, dolls, games, and highly qualified staff who are experienced working with kids. They cater to first time haircuts and love working with kids who have special needs. Kid can pick from car, jeep, or jet haircutting chairs and have the option to watch a video, if mom says it’s okay! They are reasonably priced and offer an engaging and interactive environment for everyone. Walk-ins are accepted up until 3:00 p.m.
6000 SE 41st Ave.
Bishops LOVES having kids at their shops. They pride themselves on being a welcoming space for everyone of all ages and genders. With locations all over the Portland Metro you won’t need to travel far for this fresh cut. Every shop has kid’s capes and a variety of toys and coloring books available. They don’t have separate pricing for kids but the menu is a-la-carte so you can pick and choose what each child wants. Parents & kids together can build a unique hair adventure. Older kids and teenagers may even enjoy trying some new colors in their hair, obviously with signed parental consent.
photo: via Bishops
If you are looking for a great spot for your tween or teen check out Propaganda Salon. Scott, the owner has spent his entire career as a hair stylist. He has an eye for detail, a creative mind, and a patient soul. If he’s not available try one of their many talented stylists. The studio is clean, bright, and simple making it a peaceful experience for your teen.
821 SE 34th Ave.
feature image: Sit Still Salon and Shoppe via Yelp
—Elissa Cirignotta & Annette Benedetti