Growing up, I definitely rocked the Dorothy Hamill bowl cut. And like many of you who share my story, that ever-so-popular haircut was given in the kitchen by none other than my mom. Aside from making me the poster child for “Awkward Family Photos,” these haircuts served a couple of purposes: a) they saved my very busy mother from visiting salons that wouldn’t be appreciated by an ungrateful, wiggling child and b) they saved her money.
But times have changed.
Fortunately for our children (who will one day have to look at their childhood pictures in well-meaning high school graduation slideshows), bowl cuts are no longer a thing. Unfortunately for us as parents, haircuts aren’t as simple as they used to be. Bowl cuts for the girls and crew cuts for the boys aren’t as popular as they once were, which means that most of us aren’t as adept with scissors as we need to be to make our kids presentable.
Of course, we could always take our kids to the salons we go to. And for some of us, that’s a good option if we have a good relationship with a hairdresser and they happen to have a knack with kids. But then there’s the cost. Thankfully, these days we have options for kids’ haircuts that answer all of these concerns. And we’ve found the best ones for you right here in the Richmond area.
From standard haircuts to specialty services for natural hair, we found four amazing salons that not only offer haircuts and styles for kids – that’s all they do. Of course, if you follow Richmond Mom’s Best of Richmond series, then you know that we don’t just pick anyone for our lists. In order to make our list, each of our choices had to offer the following:
- An environment designed to put kids at ease
- Reasonable prices
- A variety of available services
The four spots that we found not only meet the criteria above, but they go above and beyond. And with school pictures, not to mention holiday photos, looming on the horizon, now is the time to make sure your kids are looking their best.
Check out our top picks, but in the meantime, if you know salons in the area that cater to kids, let us know! Drop us a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the name doesn’t already say it all, then we’re here to tell you that Kidtopia is a place that your kids will actually want to come back to, time and again. While it is a full-service salon focused specifically on kids, it’s also a destination for fun. There are “car” chairs for the little ones and regular chairs for the bigger kids, as well as plenty of toys, games, and videos to keep kids entertained from the moment they walk in the door. And, in addition to great haircuts and styling services (starting at only $15), they also offer a full range of party options that include themes for boys and girls and a wide range of package options that can be customized for your child.
Why we love them: Kidtopia is all about making kids and their parents comfortable. Not only is the salon built and decorated with kids’ interests and needs in mind, but parents aren’t left out of the equation either. A comfortable waiting area offers complimentary coffee and a power station for charging devices, which means that while your kids are getting styled, you can actually sit back and relax. As for little ones with the wiggles, all Kidtopia stylists are trained (and ready!) to handle anything. With haircuts that usually last about 20 minutes and reasonable prices, getting your child’s hair cut or styled is a stress-free process from start to finish.
Tuesday – Friday, 9:30am–6pm; Saturday, 9:30am–3:30pm (appointments suggested, but walk-ins are welcome!)
At this Midlothian salon, kids get the royal treatment. From car chairs and a wide selection of movies for the little guys to a more sophisticated space for styling older kids, Divas-n-Dudes offers a salon experience that kids of all ages will love. Plus, with day camps throughout the year and parties available in their Diva party room, you and your kids will find yourself coming back even after the haircuts are done!
Why we love them: This locally owned salon started with families in mind and they’ve stayed true to their vision from the day they opened in 2006 until now. Not only does Diva-n-Dudes offer cozy couches for parents to relax on while their kids are being styled, but they strive to make every experience enjoyable from start to finish – for the whole family. Featuring haircuts and styling starting at $17, you’ll find a welcoming environment and stylists that are experienced in handling the unique challenges of cutting hair for kids of every age. With every detail taken into account, from décor to haircuts to spa services, the end result is that Divas-n-Dudes is anything but a cookie cutter salon. Rather, it’s a place where you and your kids feel welcome and pampered from head to toe.
13273 Rittenhouse Drive
Midlothian, VA 23112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am – 7pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm (appointments required)
Tiny Textures is a mobile natural hair salon that is designed just for kids. They put a unique twist on natural hair styling, offering a wide range of full-service options for natural hair with prices that range from $25 and up. Their services include washing, drying, detangling and/or your choice of protective styles, braids, blow-outs, and much more. Best of all, parents can book services, too! With a full range hair care products available, as well, Tiny Textures is truly a one-stop natural hair solution.
Why we love them: What really sets Tiny Textures apart from the competition is the fact that they come to you. Styling natural hair can be time-consuming and for little ones that like to move, it can be downright difficult. The trained stylists from Tiny Textures know this, and with that in mind, they bring their services and products to your home, allowing your child to feel comfortable and at ease in familiar surroundings. With at-home service, you can not only avoid the hassle of salons but if you have multiple children, you can save considerable time with a trained stylist that can take care of everyone’s hair in one visit.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Pigtails and Crewcuts was founded by parents who know that getting your child’s hair cut isn’t always easy – for the child or the parents. This kids-centric salon offers a full range of hair care services from baby’s first haircut all the way up to tweens and teens who want a more sophisticated look, but in an environment that was designed specifically to put kids at ease. With stylists who specialize in kids’ hair styling, plenty of space for kids to move around, toys, vehicle-shaped chairs, and video monitors, Pigtails and Crewcuts makes getting a haircut not only more enjoyable but something your kids will actually look forward to.
Why we love them: As parents, it’s enough to get our kids through the grocery store without a meltdown – nevermind having to deal with them at hair salons. At Pigtails and Crewcuts, everything they do is designed to make getting a haircut a positive experience for you and your child. And sure the toys and fun chairs are great, but what’s even better is the fact that you don’t have to sacrifice services. With everything from specialty first haircut packages that include a lock of hair, a certificate, and a photo all the way to haircuts for moms and dads, Pigtails and Crewcuts takes the stress out of salon visits – all at kid-friendly prices. You can even plan a party (for boys or girls) in their dedicated party room complete with dress up, arts and crafts, and full set-up, supervision, and clean-up by Pigtails and Crewcuts staff. Best of all, with three convenient Richmond area salons, finding one near you is a snap.
Gayton Crossing Shopping Center
9726 Gayton Road
Richmond, VA 23238
Tues-Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Sunday, 10am – 3pm
1601 Willow Lawn Drive #835
Monday-Friday, 9:30am – 6:30pm; Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Ivymont Shopping Center
14219 Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian, VA 23113
Tues-Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Sunday, 10am – 3pm
For more fantatic family-friendly resources in and around Richmond, be sure to check out our entire Best of Richmond series!