The Best Kids’ Hair Salons for Tiny Tresses
Pixie cut, mohawk, fringe bangs, even a good ol’fashioned crew cut—whatever look you fancy for your little one, make sure you head to the best. Here are the top Bay Area hair salons for the kid set.
Photo by Melissa H. via Yelp
Prep is seriously the coolest hair salon for kids, dolling out hip do’s and styles for your little urbanite. With a modern, posh interior and sleek furniture, you’d never guess this Pacific Heights spot houses a hair salon for the 18-and-under set. Prep prides themselves not only on their unique and fresh hairstyles, but retails their very own line of Prep hair products with funky names like Get Rich Quick Conditioner to Oh La Light Hair Polish. Book your kiddo’s appointment online at prepcuts.com or give their studio a call. And for the tiny ones, Prep offers special preschooler hours Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., and all day Saturday.
3235 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, Ca
Hours: Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The car-themed chairs are bound to distract your kid while the scissors are doing their job. Not to mention the two play areas, videogames and lollipops for after-cut treats. One visit here and the kids will be begging to get their hair trimmed again and again. Juts make sure to hit the ATM on the way, as this place is cash only.
85 29th St.
San Francisco, Ca
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The head hairstylist is a mother of four and knows her stuff. The screeching can be kept to a minimum by letting the little ones ride a pony while getting the locks chopped. Be sure to ask for the supply of salon toys as well.
1508 Union St.
San Francisco, Ca
Call ahead, as services are by appointment only
Photo by Steven Depolo via Flickr
This Berkeley salon/toy store is a parent’s dream! While waiting for a haircut children can get some time in on Thomas’s train tracks and hang out with Elmo. Coolest part? They sell a variety of toys and gifts, including books, Thomas the Train figures and cool golf sets for kiddos.
1753 Solano Ave.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
SNIPS Children’s Hair Salon
A lollipop and a balloon to take home after a haircut? As their business hours are Thursday through Sunday, working parents may find this spot to be a perfect fit. Brightly colored walls adorned with the ABCs is a nice touch, and it doesn’t hurt to have DVDs available for viewing while sitting in the chair!
This landmark salon has been catering to kids and families since 1990. Murals of zebras, parrots and alligators light up the interior and the special section just for kids will help ease any worries about those shiny instruments. With a remodeled section for teens and adults, the whole family can get a new do’ in one trip. Insider tip: First time parents getting a haircut on the same day as the kiddo will receive $5 off!
Ms. Karen’s Place
Ms. Karen herself will be the one touching up your child’s hair, and she’s got the gift! Be sure to call to book an appointment, as they don’t accept walk-ins. This is a tiny place but filled with tons of awesome distractions.
Photo via Purple Monkey Hair
Purple Monkey Hair
Owned and operated by a Marin mom, Purple Monkey Hair is a full service kid salon. With a bright, cheery space, welcoming staff, and iPads and toys galore to keep your little ones occupied, it’s easy to see why this spot is popular with Tiburon locals. Book an appointment online or call ahead, and if it’s your little guy or gal’s first haircut, they’ll celebrate the special moment with a certificate and your lil one’s lock of hair. Best of all, included with every service is an organic lollipop or a small prize, which will surely bring a smile to your little tike’s face!
1550 Tiburon Blvd., Suite N.
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Locks and Lollipops
Just about every mom north of the Golden Gate knows about Locks and Lollipops in downtown San Rafael. Just the name alone might get some of those tears to dry up! Hair guru Connie has been cutting hair for decades and brings that patience to your kid’s appointment. Child-sized chairs and candyland-esque walls up the adorable factor.
1563 Fourth St.
San Rafael, Ca
Hours: Mon., 2–5 p.m.; Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Children’s Hair Club
This family-owned business is headed by “hair guy” Eddie, who will work his magic with squirmy worms. Hair products used on little customers are from Original Sprout and are sulfate-free and super kid-friendly. Baskets of toys and foosball tables will keep everyone occupied. Be sure to ask about the “Baby’s First Haircut” package. It comes with a photo and clip of hair for the memory book.
Photo by Jessica M. via Yelp
Located at the Town Center in Corte Madera, this fancy looking place is perfect for parents wanting to get a lot done in one location. Trim the bangs, run to the gym, buy some groceries. Three stylists are available but no walk-ins are available.
127 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, Ca
Hours: By Appointment Only
Just Kids Cuts & Beauty Market
This spot takes walk-in appointments but are known to get busy. Boasting an interplanetary theme, this salon and gift shop is filled with kitschy items that make getting cleaned up super fun! Moms will enjoy browsing the scented candles and diffusers.
1200 Howard Ave.
Hours: Mon.,10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tues.–Fri., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lil Couture Salon
Be sure to ask for Cathy, the owner of the salon, who’s ability to execute amazing cuts on screaming toddlers is known up and down the Peninsula and even around other parts of the Bay Area. Puzzles, games and cartoons are available for the kids, and there are plenty of up-to-date gossip rags for the moms.
16 E. Third Ave.
San Mateo, Ca
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tue., 2–6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Snip-Its
This is the only location of this franchise in the Bay Area. Snip-Its is a whole adventure for kids—they are likely to forget they even came for a haircut! Upon check-in, kids receive their Snip-its Adventure Club card, then meet and interact with Snips and the Gang: Flyer Joe Dryer, Curly Comb, Maranga Mirror, Jean Luc le Spritz, and Marlene & Charlene, the “Clip-ette” sisters in the Snip-its Animated Show. There is a Magic Box that dispenses a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair at the end of a visit.
Insider Tip: The salons offer various themed birthday parties for little girls, such as the Glamour Party, the Style-A-Doll Party and Rock Star Party.
Whether your kiddo needs a buzz cut or braids, head to Chocolate Mousse, a charming children’s salon in Los Gatos. With play area, video games, cartoons at each station, and magazines for parents, this is the ideal locale for the whole family. Walk-ins are welcome, but calling ahead to book appointment is preferred.
540 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, Ca
Hours: Tues.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Candyland Cuts for Kids
Take a seat in a classic car and buckle up for the most fun haircut of your young life. This colorful spot features a play area where children can read books, keep busy with train sets, play board games and more. Lollypops are a given, and even mom and dad can get spruced up here while the kids keep themselves entertained.
San Jose, Ca
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Do you have a favorite spot to trim your little’s locks? Let us know in the Comments!
—Gabrielle Cullen and Yannina Pacis