Snip! Snip! 4 top salons that cater to kids

My beautiful two-and-a-half-year-old suffers from the unfortunate baby mullet. Soft, wispy ringlets in the back and flat as a board on top only seeming to grow from her mid-skull. To add insult to injury, she twirls her hair like an Elle Woods-esque sorority girl. Oftentimes, fingers get stuck, knots transpire and tears ensue.

On a typical day, she’s sporting her “Pebbles” look, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, if I’m lucky. Don’t even get me started on barrettes because those last about one minute. I’ve been reluctant to get her hair cut because part of me doesn’t want to admit that my baby is growing up. But, I have to break down because my baby does need to see (since her hair accessory tricks fail) so I decided it’s the right time to give her a fresh ‘do for spring.

With so many great options for my daughter’s first haircut, any of the following spots are guaranteed to give her (and your little tike) a fun and memorable experience.

Jack and Jill

70 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge

Family-owned-and-operated, this adorable salon offers much more than a kids cut. Jack and Jill also offer fun extensions (colors, feathers, tinsel), manicures, pedicures and parties! The establishment also offers kid-friendly activities. Did someone say karaoke? Your littles can belt out some of their favorite tunes while they wait their turn.

The Teeny Tiny package is a “first haircut package” specifically for commemorating the big event, sans tears, for $24. ShamTeeny (Shampoo, Haircut, Blowdry and Style) will cost you $21. As mentioned they also offer Mini-cures ($10) and Pretty-cures ($12).

Need a fun spot to host your little one’s birthday? Look no further than some of the awesome packages they offer: Spa-, Tea Party- or Pop Star-themed parties are a fun alternative to the same old options. Check out their party packages for details and pricing.

Cut “N” Roll

1522 Miner St, Des Plaines

This no frills spot is perfect for boys (and girls) just looking to get a quick cut and lollipop. Their skilled staff offers $5 cuts all day, every day. It’s definitely set up more like a barbershop than a salon, but they do offer other services (like color, waxing, threading, etc. for an adult). Mom, do you need your eyebrows threaded? That’s $5 too!

Quick tip: Bring cash, as credit/debit cards are not accepted.


Started by two Chicago moms, this isn’t just a kid-centric salon, but also a toy store! KidSnips has eight stores throughout Chicago proper and the suburbs. They truly get it. With so many fun distractions like car-shaped chairs to sit in, movies to watch, video games to play, toys and a lollipop to celebrate; kids will hardly notice that they are even getting their hair cut!

What really makes KidSnips special is their “Wigs for Kids” program. This program and your donation supports financially disadvantaged children who experience medical hair loss. They also cater to children with special needs. So, rest assured that the stylists can and will accommodate any special requests.

KidSnips prices range from $5 (bang trim) to $20 (kid’s cut). Don’t forget to sign up for their special offers online!

Pigtails & Crewcuts

With three Chicagoland locations, this kiddie salon specializes in making this new experience fun and exciting for your little one. They can choose from an airplane, taxi or choo choo chair to sit in and munch on complimentary animal crackers while the stylist works their magic.

Check with your local P&C for current specials such as the 10 Haircut Value Pack; where you’ll get 10 haircuts for the price of nine. You can also take advantage of Toddler Tuesdays & Wednesdays for $5 off your child’s haircut from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. (3 and under). Costs range in price depending on your location and service. Check out their website for your nearest salon’s pricing.

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