It’s time for a haircut! Those words can spark an entire realm of emotions. For boys (age 2 – 4) it’s often like going to the dentist. For girls it’s either an invasion of a cherished treasure or it’s an ecstatic grown-up experience of vanity and self-admiration. Fortunately, the area offers many excellent salons that cater to kids and have figured out ways to create a positive experience for kids and parents.
At the Angela Cosmai Salon in Stamford, Adriana Scinto explains, “You have to act like you’re their age. I’m 23, so it’s easy to do that. We talk a little about hairstyles. There’s nothing threatening about it. Boys as young as 4 or 5 currently want mohawks. As long as Mom agrees, there’s no problem.”
When it comes to girls, Angela says, it depends on their age. “Until they’re teenagers, most girls don’t want anyone to fool around with their hair,” she observes. “If they’ve spent years growing long hair, they adore every strand. As they get to the teens, they love the blow-dry, finishing touches. Both boys and girls appreciate being here because their hair is getting a lot more attention than they get at home.”
Lucy and John Delmonico (he is the Johnny of the salon’s name) have been in the haircutting business for decades. The owners of Johnny’s and Company, a Darien-based family haircutting salon, say that moms and dads can have their hair done while the kids are getting haircuts by stylists who are specialists in their fields.
“Kids have a particularly good time here,” the Lucy states. “There’s a playroom/salon with TV screens at every station, Disney movies, tables and chairs, toys. After their haircuts, many of them don’t want to go home.”
Long hair is still the look girls want and boys are getting buzz cuts, Lucy observes: “A lot of blonde kids come to Johnny’s and blonde hair is difficult to cut. Stylists have to be expert, patient, and know exactly what to do. We long-layer it, feather it, and blend it.”
Adam Broderick, owner of Adam Broderick Salon in Ridgefield has seen the huge changes that technology has brought to the entire realm of children’s haircuts. “Years ago, we had a children’s section with a child care specialist who watched over children while their moms got their hair done,” he says. “However, with technology, kids have gotten so sophisticated that they bring in pictures of what they want and they can get their hair done with their moms looking on.” In fact, the relationship between the child and the stylist is so impressive, Adam says, that often moms decide to have their hair done here, as well.
“The first children’s haircut is free and we have special times when our prices are discounted (back-to-school, etc.),” Adam states. “We’ve been cutting youngsters’ hair so successfully for so long that we have generations of the same family as our salon clients.”
Snip-its in Fairfield is part of a national chain of children’s haircut specialists. The age range is four months to high school. Shonda Johnston, manager/stylist of the salon, notes the trends currently being requested. The A-line bob, with hair longer in back and shorter at the jawline is a favorite for boys and girls. This is a kid version of an adult cut. Boys ages 6 to 7 have a favorite style: the Pompadour, with hair heavy on top and pulled all to one side.
Snip-its is dedicated to making the visit as much fun as possible. Each station has a TV so kids can play a Snip-it video. “You have to be a child psychologist as well as a stylist,” Shonda says. “Some children don’t want to have anyone touch their hair and they’re unhappy throughout. The key is patience, talking gently to the child, often staying silent and doing the cut as quickly as possible … but most of our customers leave smiling, very pleased at how they look.”
The Intrigue Hair Salon in Fairfield realizes that every child is different. Amber Klinko, manager, says that each of their stylists does children’s haircuts and knows how to please even the most rebellious child. “Lollipops help,” she says. So do a good array of styles. “We’ll often accommodate customers who need hair done on Mondays for some important occasion.”
Snip Snaps in Wilton has closed but their reputation and skills as a children’s haircut salon is so significant that parents from all over Fairfield County travel to Snip Snaps in Guilford to get their children’s hair cut and styled. Heather Jette, one of the stylists, explains that their seats are like cars and “We have toys, games and videos to distract the restless kids and we work fast, so children don’t have any reason to fuss and fidget. We’re children’s haircut specialists. That means we work fast and know what we’re doing. We also understand kids with special needs. We‘ve even given a haircut to an autistic child lying on the floor. The result was a happy child, a good haircut and a pleased parent. We’re patient and that’s essential for a successful haircut that flatters a kid and doesn’t fluster a parent.”