Hey Shaggy, hey Bed Head, hey Chlorinated Towhead Kiddos-– we hate to untangle the last of your lazy unkempt beachy hair days, but guess what: it’s time for a kids haircut! In prep for back to school photos and classroom lineups, we’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly hair salons in Bergen County that are a cut above the rest.
ICONIC BARBER SHOP AND SHAVE PARLOR
For those who miss “the art of barbering”, look no further than the new-ish vintage style Glen Rock spot- perfect for any young boy or pop in need of an upscale do. Resident barbers Casey and Shea take their craft seriously and provide each client with a consult before a scissor is taken to any lock of hair. Dads can be treated to a hot towel shave while junior is in the chair- making the visit a special daddy/son experience all the way around. Insider Tip: Walk-ins are welcome but to assure an opening appointments are recommended! (Prices range from $10-$50 depending on the service, 201-857-0307, 36 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock)
PUMPKIN AND BEAN
Book a chair at Pumpkin and Bean’s Salon and shop the boutique while your kid gets styled. Special features include vintage miniature car “barber chairs” and custom DVD selection for each client. Plus, first haircuts receive a special keepsake take-away. Insider Tip: Your tot’s favorite American Girl doll can snag a matching style for a small extra charge.($28 per cut, 201-503-9007, 55 N. Dean Street, Englewood).
RITA’S SNIPS FOR PIPS
With over 30 years of kid styling experience under her belt, Rita’s is a top spot to get your tot coiffed in Bergen. Special features include DVD players, Xbox and Game Cube, a private room for special needs children, adorable cars and airplanes as chairs, and lollypops, tattoos and hair clips for each kid. Insider tip: The salon is open on Sundays to accommodate working families. (Prices range from $27-$30 per cut, 201-612-7477, 20 S. Broad Street, Ridgewood).
ONCE UPON A CURL
Got a tantrumy two year old on your hands who needs a cut yesterday? Bite the bullet and head to Once Upon a Curl where patience, calm and fun are the names of the game. Kids cuts, styles, updos, braids, colored extensions and more happen whilst chilling out in a car-chair enjoying Disney classics- a wall of “bows” is also a welcome attraction upon entering the salon. Insider Tip: First haircut packages are available. (Prices start at $15, 201-939-2409, 226 Stuyvesant Avenue, Lyndhurst)
LON’S FAMILY HAIRCUTS
With years of experience cutting kids, teens, and adults’ hair, Lon’s Family Haircuts has got your whole family covered. Special features include an online system for making appointments with email/text reminders, cushions for little ones, and lollypops for the kids. Insider tip: Bergen Mamas request Lon. (Prices range from $17-$20 per cut, 201-767-7173, 243 ½ Closter Dock Road, Closter).
Need an hour of guy time? Come check out Sport Clip’s laid back, sport-filled environment. Fans will love the flat screen TV’s featuring the latest games and the MVP package (including a haircut, shampoo massage, and back massage). Insider tip: Visit between cuts to receive your complimentary neck trim. (cuts start at $14, locations in Edgewater, Wyckoff, River Edge and coming soon to Northvale, www.sportclips.com).
At Planet Kidz Salon, get pampered with a manicure and pedicure while your child enjoys a “fun cut.” Special features include a Kids room with a television, toys, and fun decorations; nail care services; waxing services; and hair and scalp treatments. Insider Tip: Planet Kidz Salon also offers hair-coloring and hair extension services for adults at their partner salon Union Hair Cutters. (Prices start at $13, 201-939-4442, 325 Union Avenue, Rutherford.)