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Snippity, Snip: 11 Great Places for Kids Haircuts

It takes a special person to want to approach a squirming kid while holding a pair of scissors. Modern day torture you ask? Nope, just a visit to the hair stylist in hope of getting the rat’s nest your child considers to be a hairdo straightened out. Yes, getting the kiddo’s hair cut is likely to be something guaranteed to bring nightmares to parents everywhere. Lucky for us there are talented peeps out there who thrive on clipping the locks of young wiggle-worms. When the time comes to clean up that mop, be sure to head straight to one of these spots.

San Francisco

Kids Cuts
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.

Insider Tip: Cash Only!

85 29th St
San Francisco, Ca
Hours:  Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Phone: 415-643-8582

Peppermint Cuts
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.

1772 Lombard St
San Francisco, Ca
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm;  or by appointment
Phone: 415-292-6177

East Bay

Snippety Crickets
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 while getting spruced up. Coolest part? They sell a variety of toys and gifts, including books, Thomas the Train figures and cool golf sets for kiddos.

1730 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, Ca
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00  am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone:  510-527-3987

SNIPS Children’s Hair Salon
A lollipop and a balloon to take home after a haircut? As their business hours are Thursday – Sunday working parents may find this spot to be a perfect fit. Brightly colored walls adorned with the ABC’s is a nice touch and it doesn’t hurt to have DVDs available for viewing while sitting in the chair!

5335 College Avenue #4
Oakland, Ca
Hours: Thurs – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Shear Adventures
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 the remodeled section for teens and adults, the whole family can get a new do’.

Insider Tip: First time parents getting a haircut on the same day as the kiddo will receive $5 off!

320 Hartz Avenue
Danville, Ca
Hours: Mon – Fri; 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat; 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Phone: 925-820-3697

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. A tiny place but filled with tons of awesome distractions.

3561 Mt. Diablo Avenue
Lafayette, Ca
Hours: By Appointment Only
Phone: 925-283-2855

Marin County

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 candy-land esque walls will brings the adorable factor up a notch.

1563 4th Street
San Rafael, Ca
Hours: Mon: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Tue – Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 415-457-5211

Children’s Hair Club
A family owned business, lead “hair guy” Eddie will work his magic with squirmy worms. Hair products used on little customers is Original Sprout which are sulfate-free and super kid friendly.Baskets of toys and foosball tables will keep everyone occupied.

Insider Tip: Be sure to ask about the “Baby’s First Haircut” Package. It comes with a photo and clip of hair for the memory book.

4176 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, Ca
Hours: Open Tues – Sat, Call for Appointment
Phone: 415-492-1000

Panda Room
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
Phone: 415-924-2288


Just Kids Cuts & Beauty Market
This one will take walk in appointments but are known to get busy. Boasting an interplanetary theme, this salon and gift shop is filled with kitschy fun items that make getting cleaned up super fun! Moms will enjoy browsing the scented candles and scent diffusers.

1200 Howard Avenue
Burlingame, Ca
Hours: Mon: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Tues – Fri: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 650-548-1490

This is the only location of this franchise in the Bay Area. Snip-Its is a whole adventure for kids, who even needs 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.

855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, Ca
Hours: Mon -Fri: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone:  650-323-8330

Lil Couture Salon
Be sure to ask for Cathy, the owner of the salon, who amazing cuts on screaming toddlers is a hidden gem of a service known up and down the Peninsula and even around other parts of the Bay Area. Puzzles, games and cartoons are for the kids, and there are plenty of up to date gossip rags for the moms!

16 E. 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, Ca
Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Tue:  2:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 650-548-4000

Do you have a favorite spot to trim your kid’s locks? We want to know!

–Gabrielle Cullen

Photos courtesy of Andrea Arden via flickr, Stevendepolo via flickr, and Snip-its Salon Corporate!!

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