With kids and the holidays come endless parties, pageants and recitals. It also means playing hair stylist 24/7 to your darling divas’ dos. Now, we aren’t saying your pigtail and whale spout skills aren’t pure perfection, but when your kiddos’ coifs look more like Mr. Magoo did them than Vidal Sassoon, it may be time for some help. From beautiful braids to bouncy blowouts, we’ve put together a list of LA’s hippest blow dry and braid bars for your pint-sized princesses. Most of these shops can even squeeze you in last minute without an appointment, scratching at least one thing off your hectic holiday to-do list. Huzzah!
No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. That’s the Drybar mantra and boy do they do it well. Chances are mom’s already hit up this uber chic blow dry bar for a “Mai Tai” (messy, beach hair) or “The Cosmo” (lots of luxurious loose curls), but the 10 and under set can join in the fabulous fun too. Drybar’s “Shirley Temple” is a precious blowout full of curl that’s perfect for any little girl looking to make a fashionable splash during the holidays. Stylists can even add a sparkly ban.do for an extra special wow. The Shirley Temple runs $28 (wash included).
With tons of Drybars throughout Southern California, you won’t have trouble finding one close to home. For locations and hours, visit drybar.com
Blow Angels owner, Dahlia Eshaghian, knows just what it takes to cater to children, being a mother of four herself. This beautifully spacious shop pampers princesses as young as 3 years old with everything from their $20 “Angelina” blowout that’s specially made for kiddos to super groovy braids like “The Waterfall” and “Fishtail.” While Blow Angels’ forte is indeed blowouts, they also offer haircuts to men, women and children as well, so parents can take care of everything in one stylish stop.
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
11659 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, MyBlow LA is one of the tippity-top trendsetters in town when it comes to fashionable blowouts. For just $25, little ones (10 and under) can check out the “Preteen Blow” where hair is expertly dried and curled to polished perfection. Owner, Gretty Hasson, says her shop also loves to throw a good glam party for mini mademoiselles as well if you’re looking for some unique holiday bash ideas. We’re assuming our invite’s in the mail, yes?
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
419 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills
There’s also an Irvine location as well. For hours and address, click here.
Nine Zero One Salon
If you thought braids were reserved for Laura Ingalls, think again. With stars like Julianne Hough, Jennifer Morrison and Demi Lovato among its roster of super cool clients, it’s no wonder Nine Zero One Salon has become one of the premiere shops in LA, especially when it comes to their incredible Braid Bar. Luckily, flawless hair isn’t reserved for the fabulously famous – this salon loves to pamper trendy tikes as well. From the “Around the World” to their “Venice Hippie” braids, your diva in training is bound to find a style even Ma and Pa would adore.
Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Monday
901 Westbourne Dr., West Hollywood
As LA’s first braid and ponytail bar, Assembly Salon, rocks it when it comes to cutting-edge dos for all ages. Young fashionistas will go gaga over the luxurious (but oh so chill) atmosphere and the salon’s fun repertoire of styles. Faves of the small fry set include the “Crown Braid” and ponytail with a “Carousel Braid.” Braids start as little as $25 depending hair length and type. And mom will dig that the shop prides itself in using nontoxic products that are totally safe for kiddos. Bonus Extra: They even offer gorgeous henna tattoos for an additional $15 splurge.
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday
250 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Squirmy Tot Tip: If your little girl wants a salon day, but the noise of the dryers and the sitting still are not her idea of a good time, she can always have a doll salon date. That’s right, bring your All-American girl and her doll to the American Girl Store at the Grove which features a Doll Salon, where girls can watch as stylists brush, braid, and twist away on the dolls head, not their own. They even offer classes, where girls can learn to do the buns, twists and pony tails themselves.
Where do you take your tots for some extra special pampering? Our RT glam squad would love to know!
– Jennifer O’Brien