From squirmy toddlers to picky tweens, experts at these kid-friendly shops will put area parents’ minds at ease.
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Youngsters can choose to sit in Lightning McQueen, a Frozen-themed Jeep, a NASCAR race car and more while a dedicated tween lounge with video games and satellite TV keeps the older crowd happy. Little clients love their loot of Sharkey dollars, bookmarks, balloons and lollipops upon haircut completion. Appointments can be booked online. // 8971 Ox Road, Suite 170, Lorton
The colorful environment of Cartoon Cuts helps to lighten the potentially tense mood and every haircut station includes a personal screen stocked with a large selection of popular kid’s DVDs. Clients can also bring their favorites. Expect the experience to begin with a shampoo in the signature Ellie the Elephant sink and end with a lollipop and temporary tattoo. For parents, Cartoon Cuts participates in a loyalty card program and offers discounts for siblings. // Multiple locations in Dulles, Fairfax and Springfield
While waiting for their haircut, kids can get their wiggles out in Mini-Me’s indoor play area. Offering interactive car chairs, TV screens and handheld electronic devices, the salon boasts that “boredom is non-existent.” From beginning to end, children stay entertained and parents leave with hair no longer hiding their child’s face. // 3940 Plank Road, Suite G, Fredericksburg
Upon entering Snip-its, children are greeted with an iPad, a Snip-its Adventure Club card and an opportunity to watch and sing along to the store’s animated music show. At the end of the haircut, kids get to trade in their Adventure Club card and choose a special prize from the Snip-its Magic Box. Aside from haircuts, other services include ear piercings, spa services, lice prevention and birthday parties. In a partnership with Autism Speaks, Snip-its adheres to sensory friendly strategies and helps create special haircut experiences for children on the autism spectrum. Two more locations, one in Tysons and one in Alexandria, are on the way. // 10659B Braddock Road, Fairfax
Sweet and Sassy
This salon not only specializes in girls’ and boys’ haircuts, braiding and up-dos, but also offers fun spa services such as mini-manis and pedis, ear piercings and birthday party possibilities—which could include arriving to the salon in a hot pink limo. Each haircut includes access to TV screens and lollipops. // 1601 Village Market Blvd. SE, Suite 124, Leesburg