by Meredith McKay
I knew this day would eventually come. I had to face it, and I knew it was going to be difficult for me…
Mia’s first haircut.
It could’ve been my postpartum kicking in, but I cried when the piece of Mia’s umbilical cord fell off almost two years ago. I viewed that gross stump as the last remnant of our physical bond. Now the ends of her hair, the hair that she came into the world with, are going to be cut off!
Mia was born with the most beautiful head of dark hair, which has turned into a head of beautiful curls. But lately, her hair has been looking scraggily and uneven.
She needed a haircut, but what if they cut off her curls and they never came back?
Should I take her to just any salon?
Some regular hair salons welcome children with big open arms, like a loving Grandmother. While others state their strict policy against children. Check out this policy I found on the website of local spa:
“The Spa and Salon is a place where our guests come to rest their minds. Please make babysitting arrangements in advance. Enjoy the spa without your bundles of joy.”
I guess bringing Mia in for her first haircut is out of the question.
My “over-researching” tendencies kicked in and I googled “children’s hair salons.”
I found that there are a lot of cool salons around the country that are specifically for children. The only child specific salons I could find near the Merrimack Valley are Snip-its, a franchise with locations in North Andover and Burlington, and Kid Klips in Acton. There are a few salons closer to Boston that have children’s sections located in their salons. I don’t go into Boston to get my haircut, so I’m not going to start bringing Mia there either.
I concluded that the stylists at a child-specific salon would probably be patient and more familiar in handling the many different personalities of children!
On the Snip-its website, the Burlington salon is offering a coupon for $3.00 off a regular haircut for new customers until 10/02/10. I immediately picked up the phone to make an appointment. The receptionist informed me that they do not accept appointments unless you are a VIP customer for $25 a year. I was going to have to take my chances as a walk in on a Thursday evening after I get out of work but, before they close at 6 pm.
Mia’s face lit up when we walked through the doors at Snip-its- and were welcomed by ginormous bright smiley stationary characters!
There were a few kids in the waiting area and all the stylists’ chairs were filled with happy boys and girls. There is so much to keep kids entertained: fun mirrors, puzzles, paper and crayons and paper, and books.
I admit I am a bit of a germaphobe so my eyes zoomed right in on the dirty Melissa and Doug puzzle piece knobs. I know this isn’t a pediatrician’s office so I don’t think they are wiping down the toys every night, and these grubby toys made our 5 minute wait fly by.
While Mia played, I looked at the salon’s items to purchase: sunglasses, Snip-its line of kid’s hair products, barrettes, combs, puzzles, toy cars and more. Just as I was secretly hoping that Mia didn’t notice these items too, her name was called.
Thavien was Mia’s hair stylist and she was so friendly right away. I told her that I just wanted Mia’s hair trimmed. She suggested cutting it about a ½ an inch and adding a few layers.
I placed Mia in the stylist’s chair and temporarily took a seat across from her in the specially designed “Parent’s Chair.”
Mia began to squirm and demanded, “Mia down, Mia down.” Thavien brought out the bubbles, which helped for a minute or so.
She then put a cape on Mia and began to spray her hair with water. Thavien must’ve sensed a tantrum brewing because out came the lollypops!
Thavien was trying her best, but Mia definitely knows what she wants and demands it. She wanted “Mommy,” so I ended up in the stylist’s chair with Mia on my lap and it went much smoother for all of us!
Within a few minutes, her haircut was finished and she had a pink bow in her hair.
I was given a plastic baggie with some of Mia’s cut hair and she was given a wooden card to put in the “Magic Box” at the receptionist’s desk.
While I paid ($20.00 total, $15.00 w/ my $3.00 off coupon and a $5 well earned tip for Thavien), Mia placed her card in the box and a toy car and stickers flew down the chute.
The whole process was over within 20 minutes and Mia still has her curls. In fact her hair looks curlier and thicker and she loves telling people “Mia got haircut.”
I highly recommend and will definitely take her to Snip-its again.
Snip-its in Burlington is located at 101 Middlesex Turnpike, in the plaza next to the Burlington Mall. (781) 221-9939
What helps when you bring your child for a haircut? Do you have a recommendation of a salon or a great stylist in the area that specializes in children’s hair cuts?