If your child is anything like mine then you'll know that getting him to sit still for a haircut can often be a nightmare and sometimes downright impossible. Because of this, I tend to pack everything apart from the kitchen sink when it's time to visit the local barbershop, iPad, colouring books, lollipops, suitable items for bribery- you name it, I've got it!
So wouldn't it be great to be able to have a stress free trip to the hair salon for once? Or maybe even have someone come to you? How amazing would it be for your littles ones to actually enjoy having a haircut as well as it not costing an arm and a leg?
Although there are not many services like this in Brisbane, the ones we have found are awesome for little ones who are afraid of getting the chop.
Magic Moose, Mango Hill Magic Moose is a hair salon totally dedicated to the needs of little ones. During their haircut your child will be given the ultimate VIP treatment by having their own individual LCD screen to watch, with the latest Disney films playing on repeat.
Magic Moose, Mango Hill
If that wasn't enough, the salon is also fully equipped with toys, bubbles, books and 'of course "special little shiny things" to distract their more challenging little customers!'
The salon itself is decorated in bright, eye catching colours and the staff are fully committed to making your children of all ages feel comfortable and happy right up until it's time to leave at which point your child will be presented with a lollipop to enjoy on the way home.
Magic Moose, Mango Hill
Cost: Children's prices start from $15 during the week and $17 on the weekend.
Location: Magic Moose, Shop 1B, Mango Hill Centre, 921 Anzac Ave, Mango Hill.
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Good to Know: As well as children's cuts, the salon also offer hair services for adults such as cut and blows, colouring and restyles.
Giggles and Scissors "Brisbane's most understanding hairdressers", Giggles and Scissors is a mobile service specialising in children's and special needs hairdressing and guarantee no judgement haircuts for even the most challenging of customers.
The Giggles and Scissors team consists of company owner Pam Waring-Baker and stylist Jo Caruso, both of who are fully experienced in working with children and ensuring they feel comfortable and what could ensure this more then having the hairdresser come to you. Children will tend to feel more relaxed when in familiar surroundings so having a haircut at home could be the perfect solution to those stressful hair appointments.
Giggles and Scissors
As well as children's cutting and styling, the duo also offer Head Lice Treatments which includes the treatment itself, removal of nits and eggs from hair as well as an after care sheet.
For any customers who are not based within the Brisbane area, they will also offer over the phone consultations where they will provide advise of how to communicate with your child so that they understand what happens when they have a haircut, why and how. They will also tell you how you can you help your child during the haircut and also after.
Giggles and Scissors
Giggles and Scissors also specialise in special needs hairdressing and their clients include children with autism, sensory disorders and special needs.
Cost: The price of a child's cut is $30 however there may also be a travel surcharge depending on suburb/area. Phone consultations are charged at $30 per 30 mins and include a follow up email of everything discussed. Head Lice treatments cost $85-$95 per hour.
Good to Know: The duo also offer adult hair services including cut and blows which come at discounted rates if your child is having a trim as well. You are able to pay via eftpos however if you would prefer to pay by cash then make sure you have the correct change. First time customers will receive a certificate and all clients will get a complimentary lollipop.
Glamorous Hair, Holland Park Although the majority of their client base is adults, Glamorous Hair also aim to make haircuts fun for children of all ages- even the youngest and most challenging of customers! Based on the busy Logan Road, this beautifully decorated hair salon has certainly pulled out all the stops to make littles ones excited to get their hair cut!
Glamorous Hair, Holland Park
The salon is fully stocked with toys, colouring books,a chalkboard and best of all? A CAR CUTTING CHAIR! Gone is the daunting grown up seat and in it's place, your child will get their own set of wheels to drive whilst the stylist works their magic.
If this wasn't enough, kids are able to chow down on chocolates, ice blocks and biscuits all washed down with a yummy babycino! The perfect salon experience tailor made to the younger audience.
Location: Shop 2/970 Logan Road, Holland Park, QLD 4121.
Good to Know: A baby's first haircut can be a special moment for parents and all first timers will receive a special certificate, poloroid picture of their experience as well as a lock of hair for mum and dad to keep.
WORTH A MENTION: Although they do not offer a tailor made child's service or extra treatments, if your little one is more then happy to have their hair cut without fuss then why not check out your local Stefan Hair Salon? All hair cuts for children under 12 months of age are completely free of charge and for kids aged 1-5, haircuts will only set you back $16- Bargain!